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When transportation barriers become economic barriers

Aug 18, 2017
The types of jobs that are open to residents of Erie City, Pennsylvania, can depend on their access to transportation.
Rhonda Glover and her youngest son Romeo, ride an Erie bus across town.
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In rural America, school choice sometimes means virtual school

Jul 28, 2017
As traditional schools lose students to online programs, some costs remain.
Weaving is one of the skills taught at Union City High School, where Emily Adams, 16, is a rising senior.
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More kids are logging on to learn at cyber schools

Jul 27, 2017
It's an alternative to traditional schools that don't work for some kids. But there are some concerns about the charters' performance and oversight.
Jakob Pandolph, 9, attends the Pennsylvania Cyber Charter School, one of the largest online public schools in the country.
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How do you do business without high-speed internet?

Jun 20, 2017
In rural Erie County, 38 percent of people don’t have access to high-speed internet.
Taxidermist Paul Czarnecki and his wife, real estate agent Christie Mahany. 
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In Erie, Pennsylvania, a refugee family dreams of college and worries how to pay for it

May 30, 2017
'It's like heaven inside,' junior Megha Ghimirey says of her American high school.
Megha Ghimirey, 17, with her sister Niti, 8. Megha is wrapping up her junior year at Northwest Pennsylvania Collegiate Academy.
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How health care is healing Erie's ailing economy

May 24, 2017
The city's two biggest hospital systems employ nearly 7,000 people.
Health care “is a very, very core thing to the community,” said Marc Bryant, a former paper mill engineer who is now a nurse at UPMC Hamot.
Erika Beras

Erie public schools are consolidating to survive

May 10, 2017
Even after cutbacks, the district is facing a $10 million deficit.
Catherine Doyle teaches an ESL class at East High School in Erie, where more than a quarter of students are learning English.
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At Presque Isle Angler Bait and Tackle in Erie, you can get fishing supplies along with a read on the economy.
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Rebuilding Corry, Pennsylvania, one store at a time

Apr 5, 2017
A group of women business owners has a plan to revive the former oil boomtown.
Sisters Wendy Neckers and Valerie Beckerink grew up near Corry, Pennsylvania and returned as adults. They manage two businesses in the downtown area, which they’re trying to help revitalize.
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How Erie is rewriting the Rust Belt narrative

Apr 4, 2017
Entrepreneurs are building a startup culture in the Pennsylvania city and bringing new energy to its economy.
Sean Fedorko heads up Radius CoWork, Erie’s first coworking space.
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