In 2015, The Jefferson Educational Society partnered with the Erie County Gaming Revenue Authority to create the Metro 100, a one-day conference featuring nationally renowned scholars, researchers, and experts who would address topics relevant the region’s progress. The Metro 100 gathers one-hundred civic and industry leaders throughout Erie County to discuss critical challenges and consider the region’s future.
In its inaugural year, the Metro 100 featured Brookings Institution Centennial Scholar and founder of the Metropolitan Policy Program Bruce Katz and Brookings Senior Fellow Mark Muro along with Ira Goldstein, the Director of Policy Solutions for The Reinvestment Fund, who explored the Advanced Industries landscape in Erie. Of the many ideas discussed throughout the day, the concept of an innovation district piqued the audience’s interest. Currently, Erie leaders remain engaged in conversation and are exploring the creation of an innovation district in the downtown region.
In 2016, the Jefferson hosted