The purpose of the Mercyhurst Civic Institute:

  • Enhance and facilitate citizen participation in decision-making.

  • Provide high-quality, objective information to assist local decision-making.

  • Convene community forums that encourage reasoned reflection and free and open discussion of regional issues.

  • Educate the Erie community and Commonwealth of Pennsylvania about various issues through Institute reports and publications.

  • Foster human networks that enhance communication, link resources, strengthen community participation and build social capital.

  • Promote research, learning, teaching and service opportunities for the Mercyhurst Community.

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July 22, 2018 - Erie Times News

Using data to fight crime, Unified Erie has led way

"The drop in the number of homicides and other violent offenses in the city of Erie repre sents the signal achievement for Unified Erie, the anti-crime initiative created in 2010 to address a spike in shootings and killings, particularly among..."


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