The importance of retail and service industries can often be overlooked in traditional economic development strategies which tend to favor industries that produce goods and export outside the region.
However, Erie County's vibrant retail and service industries can't be ignored.
The industry employs close to 11,000 people and contribute nearly 40% of our Gross Regional Product, with much of this coming from visitors who bring their wealth and spend in our community.
More importantly, these industries
culture and neighborhood vibrancy and
work experience for youth and others developing