When an economy needs refugees

Sep 19, 2018
Erie, Pennsylvania, strategically welcomed refugees when its population was shrinking. Now the White House is cutting their numbers.
Dylanna Jackson is a director of a resettlement program in Erie. 
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In Erie, social services are a lifeline

Jul 26, 2018
New work requirements may change things for those who receive food and housing assistance in the Pennsylvania city.
Roberta Lubman, 66, regularly eats lunch at the Erie City Mission in downtown Erie. The free daily meal supplements what she receives from SNAP.
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From engineer to coffee shop owner in Erie, Pennsylvania

Feb 21, 2018
Millennial Hannah Kirby believes bringing back manufacturing work is unrealistic, and that young people have to create those family-sustaining jobs that once existed.
After settling in Erie, Hannah Kirby sees the city differently than many of her neighbors: She sees a lot of potential.
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Who's better off in Erie's changing economy?

Feb 21, 2018
Local residents discuss the national — and their personal — economies.
Over drinks at the Polish Falcon, Erie residents discussed their personal economies.
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Satisfied with Trump in rural Pennsylvania

Feb 20, 2018
We check in with small business owners about changes they've seen with Trump as president.
Union City, Pennsylvania — population 3,300, is located in the rural outskirts of Erie.
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General Electric built this town, but its presence is shrinking

Jan 19, 2018
The company plans to leave the locomotive manufacturing industry in a few years.
Jim Connelly, a former GE engineer, hopes to go back to school and start his own business. He sits at the Lawrence Park Dinor, just up the street from the 350-acre GE plant.
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One year later: we check in on the refugee settlement in Erie, Pennsylvania

Jan 18, 2018
Erie, which voted for President Trump, has one of the largest populations of refugees in the country.
Dylanna Jackson is a director of a resettlement program in Erie. 
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The new tax law is working out for this manufacturing town

Jan 18, 2018
The VP of Sterling Technologies in Lake City, Pennsylvania, says he already sees benefits from the tax bill.
President Donald Trump speaks to supporters during a 'Make America Great Again Rally' at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex Expo Center in April in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.
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How does manufacturing in Erie feel about tax reform?

Oct 19, 2017
There's some optimism, but it's not because of the GOP's tax plan.
Work gloves are viewed on the factory floor of a high end plastic processor on October 2011 in Reading, Pennsylvania. 
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