Wabtec to add local jobs – Something good happened in Erie, 9/20/2019

Without further ado, your Idiotville feel-good story of the week: https://www.goerie.com/news/20190919/wabtec-to-close-idaho-plant-move-work-to-erie This week’s feature is unique in our nearly year-long series. Erie is used to being the hunted, but rarely the hunter. We’ve seen manufacturing jobs leave, population stagnate, and properties blight slowly over the past 50 years. Opportunity just hadn’t been expanding here like […]

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H.E.R. Home is here to help – Something good happened in Erie, 9/13/2019

Jessie Nelson with her friend and business partner, Leanne, at 713 Walnut Street, the site of a soon-to-open “three-quarter house” in support of recovering addicts. | Photo via https://fundly.com/m2/h-e-r-home. Without further ado, your Idiotville feel-good story of the week: https://www.goerie.com/news/20190910/her-home-to-offer-hope-for-erie-women-in-recovery Addiction and recovery is something I think about all the time. It’s not just that […]

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Behrend wins $26 million medical research grant – Something good happened in Erie, 9/6/2019

Image via psi.behrend.psu. Without further ado, your Idiotville feel-good story of the week: https://behrend.psu.edu/feature/behrend-lab-will-advance-26-million-magee-womens-research-institute-initiative-erie This week’s good news highlight begins with Magee Women’s Research Institute (“MWRI”), which is apparently a separate but related entity from “Hamot,” reaching out for a research partner. Honestly, it would be good enough news just to realize that the UPMC […]

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Erie government becomes more efficient – Something good happened in Erie, 8/30/2019

A GIS can help cities gain efficiency by organizing the previously disjointed efforts of various departments into one map. | Image from consumerbusinessreview.com. Without further ado, your Idiotville feel-good story of the week: https://www.goerie.com/news/20190829/action-team-embraces-data-to-advance-erie-refocused I’m so excited about this, I barely know where to begin. I guess I should begin with a confession of sorts: […]

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Free back to school haircuts! – Something good happened in Erie, 8/23/2019

Without further ado, your Idiotville feel-good story of the week: https://www.goerie.com/news/20190822/free-haircuts-for-students-saturday-in-erie “Ah, to be a kid again.” How many times have you heard that? You’ll see a kid frolicking in the yard, running around having fun, and someone will comment on how easy and carefree those youthful years were. What a bunch of crap. Being […]

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Generosity after an unspeakable tragedy – Something good happened in Erie, 8/16/2018

A memorial in front of 1248 W. 11th St., the site of Sunday morning’s tragic fire. | Photo via WJET. Without further ado, your Idiotville feel-good stories of the week: https://www.erienewsnow.com/story/40907163/country-fair-to-donate-proceeds-from-coffee-sales-to-families-of-daycare-fire-victims https://www.yourerie.com/news/local-news/getgo-donates-5000-to-families-affected-by-daycare-fire/amp/ https://www.goerie.com/news/20190813/erie-gives-raises-553-million-from-8958-donors This past week was not a good one. Not after a horrific fire ripped through a home on Erie’s lower west side, […]

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AirBorn announces $3.7 million Lake City expansion – Something good happened in Erie, 8/9/2019

AirBorn employees on the assembly line. | Photo via Greg Wohlford, Erie Times-News. Without further ado, your Idiotville feel-good story of the week: https://www.goerie.com/news/20190807/airborn-launches-37-million-expansion-in-lake-city?template=ampart If you’re like me, you’d never heard of AirBorn until this week. I thought I had, but it turns out I’d been thinking of Airborne, with an ‘e’, which turns out […]

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