• Erie-GAINS Celebrates Community Partners

      Gannon University's Erie-GAINS program recently held a celebration for our community partners, in collaboration with the Center for Social Concerns and Service-Learning, in the Yehl Ballroom. The purpose of this event was to thank community partners for their support and collaboration and reflect on the year together.

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    • 2016-04-19 WILD Conference

      Small Business Development Center At Gannon University Hosts 9th Annual WILD Conference 2016-04-19 Navigating the Leadership Journey is the theme of the ninth annual Women In Leadership Development (WILD) Conference on Wednesday, April 20, 2016 at the Ambassador Banquet and Conference Center. The con

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    • 2016-04-18 Final Joe Luckey Recital

      Gannon University’s Erie Chamber Orchestra Welcomes Back Young Soloist For Final Joe Luckey Recital Series Concert 2016-04-18 Prodigies are a fairly common part of the musical landscape, but it's the rare young musician who is simultaneously both prodigy and seasoned professional. In our area, that mu

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    • 2016-04-15 Roundup

      Gannon University Announces Exciting Week of Events 2016-04-15 It's another big week at Gannon University and we wanted to give you advance notice so that you can plan coverage for the week. If you are interested in covering any of these events, please call us and we will make it easy for you to build

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    • 2016-04-15 KDP Conference

      Gannon University Hosts Professional Development Conference For Education Majors 2016-04-15 More than three dozen are expected to be in attendance as Gannon University's Phi Zeta Chapter of Kappa Delta Pi International Honor Society in Education will host a professional development conference for area

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    • 2016-04-15 Day of Caring

      This Weekend Gannon University Gives Back to the City Of Erie 2016-04-15 is coordinating the Gannon effort. “We’re truly part of the Erie community.” More than 400 Gannon University students, alumni, members of faculty and staff and their families are expected to volunteer throughout the Erie co

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    • 2016-04-09 International Night

      Gannon University Hosts Annual International Night 2016-04-09 Gannon University's annual International Night, a celebration of international food, culture and performances, will take place on Saturday, April 9 at 5:45 p.m. in the Hammermill Center, 620 Peach St. Representatives and Gannon University stu

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  • Overview

     Erie Gains LogoGannon University has a rich history of service to Erie and the surrounding community. In the summer of 2010, Gannon took its commitment to service and to the community one step further with the launch of the Erie-Gannon Alliances to Improve Neighborhood Sustainability (Erie-GAINS) initiative, a long-term, mutually beneficial community initiative designed to expand the University’s efforts to support the common good of our neighborhood. While the University will continue to serve throughout the Erie region, across the United States and in various countries, Erie-GAINS will aid the University in focusing its efforts to maximize its impact in a well-defined, contiguous and manageable University neighborhood.

    Erie-GAINS coordinates strategic initiatives between the University, government agencies, community organizations and businesses to stimulate positive change and improve the sustainability and viability of downtown Erie and the neighborhoods surrounding campus. The initiative will bring greater focus to Gannon's existing efforts aimed at experiential learning, such as internships and co-ops, service-learning projects, civic engagement, community service, research and programming by focusing on urban development issues including, but not limited to, education, health and well-being, the economy, public safety, neighborhood revitalization and the environment.


    • To intentionally coordinate Gannon’s community interactions so that they are productive, proactive, more meaningful and increasingly focused on the Erie-GAINS Neighborhood;
    • To focus social and civic engagement efforts and community partnerships to support the Erie-GAINS neighborhood, neighbors, schools, centers of worship and other organizations; and
    • To align the planning of the University with the challenges of the neighborhood through the concentration of University efforts (service-learning, faculty and student research, internships, course curriculum and targeted academic program development) in the neighborhood.

    Goals and Objectives

    • Further increase the mission-oriented development of students, faculty and staff.
    • Focus academically-based social and civic engagement efforts (internships, service-learning, service, research, programming) and community partnerships to support the common good of the Erie-GAINS neighborhood.
    • Be a key partner with the City of Erie, non-profits, businesses, centers of worship, and schools in improving and revitalizing our downtown Erie neighborhood.
    • Create a continuum of opportunities for engagement that provide shared knowledge and results that will benefit residents, the community and the University.
    • Fundamentally change the targeted community to become a place where people want to live.


    • The University will adopt holistic and interdisciplinary approaches to community development.
    • Gannon will be a primary partner working to shape a sustainable community.
    • The University will grow and institutionalize service and service-learning projects in the targeted neighborhood.
    • Gannon graduates will go on to become leaders in the community and with national and international organizations where they will continue to develop and nurture civic and social engagements.
    • Neighborhood residents will see Gannon as a partner and the University of Choice.
    • Incoming students will select Gannon as the University of Choice for its commitment to their development as well as its commitment to the community.
    • Neighborhood characteristics (quality and affordable housing, safety, etc) will improve.
    • Neighborhood amenities will be developed or enhanced.
  • Erie-GAINS

    Phone: 814-871-5584
    Toll Free: 1-800-426-6668

    Office Location:
    Old Main
    109 W. Sixth St.