• 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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    • 2015-11-13 TEDxErie

      Gannon University’s Small Business Development Center Hosts Free Viewing Of TEDxErie Event 2015-11-13 Gannon University's Small Business Development Center (SBDC) will host a public viewing of the live stream of the inaugural TEDxErie event on Saturday, November 14 from 1:30 - 5:30 p.m. in the lobby of

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    • 2015-11-06 Accelerator IV

      Gannon University Student-Led Business Wins Technology Accelerator Award 2015-11-06 Khonsu, LLC was announced as the fourth winner of Gannon University's Technology Business Accelerator business pitch event this morning at Gannon's Center for Business Ingenuity. The winning entrepreneurs received a chec

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    • 2015-11-05 Archaeology Gallery Tours

      Elementary School Students to Tour Gannon's Archaeology Museum Gallery 2015-11-05 A class of first and second graders from St. Peter Cathedral School will tour the Archaeology Museum Gallery at Gannon University on Friday, November 6 from 1-2 p.m. The students will explore the working methods of ar

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    • 2015-11-02 Ambassador Dunford

      Gannon University Hosts Former U.S. Ambassador 2015-11-02 David Dunford, former U.S. ambassador to Oman and deputy ambassador to Saudi Arabia, will come to Gannon University as a Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellow for an intensive weeklong visit Nov. 2-6. During the visit, which is sponsored by the Gannon U

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    • 2015-11=20 Kochirka Growth Wheel

      Gannon University’s Small Business Development Center Consultant Receives National Certification 2015-11-20 Amanda Kochirka, a business consultant at Gannon University's Small Business Development Center (SBDC), has received certification from Growth Wheel, a visual toolbox that aids startup and growth

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    • 2015-10-30 Goodwill Garden Trick-Or-Treat

      Gannon University’s Goodwill Garden Welcomes Trick-Or-Treaters 2015-10-30 Gannon University's Goodwill Garden, 409 W. Sixth St., will once again welcome trick-or-treaters for the third annual Halloween night event. The garden will be open for neighborhood trick-or-treat activities during the City of Eri

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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.