Mercyhurst unites key regional leaders for economic roundtable

While the recession may be over, its cascading effects continue to challenge the Erie community. Mercyhurst College will bring together key figures in the region’s economy, government and social service network in early December to discuss the many ways the recent economic turbulence has affected the lives and futures of people in our community.

The community roundtable, titled “The Second Crisis of 2009: Social Impacts of the Economic Downturn,” will be held Tuesday, Dec. 8, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the college’s Mercy Heritage Room. It’s being organized by Mercyhurst’s Evelyn Lincoln Institute for Ethics and Society, the Mercyhurst Civic Institute, and the Walker School of Business.

Erie City Councilman Curtis Jones will moderate the panel, which also includes:

 John Elliott, president and CEO, Economic Development Corporation of Erie County
 Jim Dible, president and CEO, Erie Regional Growth Partnership
 Cheryl Kobel, director, St. Martin Center
 Bob Wooler, director, The Non-Profit Partnership
 Amy Cuzzola-Kern, regional director for U.S. Representative Kathy Dahlkemper
 Dr. Juan Argaez, assistant professor of economics, Mercyhurst College.
Dr. Kevin Sullivan, co-director of the Lincoln Institute, said, “We’re excited to be able to bring all these leaders together at one time to address what’s happening now in Erie. We hope this event can provide the foundation for a more permanent approach to addressing issues like rising unemployment, shrinking incomes, and increasing demand for social services.”

The roundtable is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Sullivan at 824-2457.

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