Erie County

Review the Business Climate

How it's done

The business climate is the general economic environment that local businesses operate in. Reviewing and understanding the local business climate provides valuable insights about the economy, costs, risks, and incentives that may impact the success of your business. This activity will guide you to better understand the business climate in Erie County and help you answer the following fundamental questions.

What is the business climate in Erie County?

We have compiled the most important aspects of Erie County’s business climate as an interactive dashboard below. This dashboard provides valuable economic, resident, household, dwelling and development indicators that may influence the success of your business.

What costs and assistance should I know about?

Whether you have a new or existing business it is critical to be aware of costs, incentives and grants that impact your business. This dashboard provides you with a snapshot of the major costs of conducting business in Erie County and assistance available to Erie County businesses.

For detailed information on property and tax records in Erie County click here.

To view the 2018 Millage Rates in Erie County, click here.

2018 Millage Rates

Township or Boro School District Cnty/Muni Total 2018-19 School Cnty/Muni/Schl Total 2018-19 Home/Farm Exclusion
Albion Boro NW 0.01091 0.0103397 0.02124965 $155.22
Amity Township WA 0.00691 0.0191858 0.0260958 $147.92
Concord Township CA 0.005616 0.014074 0.01969 $168.73
Conneaut Township NW 0.00641 0.0103397 0.01674965 $155.22
Corry City CA 0.01576 0.014074 0.029834 $168.73
Cranesville Boro NW 0.00684 0.0103397 0.01717965 $155.22
Edinboro Boro GM 0.00991 0.01285 0.02276 $134.18
Elgin Boro CA 0.00606 0.014074 0.020134 $168.73
Elk Creek Township NW 0.00841 0.0103397 0.01874965 $155.22
City of Erie ESD 0.01705 0.0167899 0.0338399 $342.73
Fairview Township FSD 0.00616 0.01767 0.02383 $88.46
Franklin Township GM 0.00811 0.01285 0.02096 $134.18
Girard Boro GSD 0.0073 0.01745 0.02475 $253.37
Girard Township GSD 0.006342 0.01745 0.023792 $253.37
Greene Township WA 0.0072 0.0191858 0.0263858 $147.92
Greenfield Township WA 0.00775 0.0191858 0.0269358 $147.92
Harborcreek Township HSD 0.0063763 0.01647 0.0228463 $106.99
Lake City Boro GSD 0.00856 0.01745 0.02601 $253.37
Lawrence Park Township ISD 0.00866 0.0220526 0.0307126 $345.98
LeBoeuf Township FL 0.00616 0.01235 0.01851 $174.68
McKean Township GM 0.00636 0.01285 0.01921 $134.18
Mckean Boro GM 0.00635 0.01285 0.0192 $134.18
Millcreek Township MSD 0.0089637 0.0141054 0.0230691 $68.62
Mill Village Boro FL 0.00648 0.01235 0.01883 $174.68
North East Boro - 1st Ward NE 0.010249 0.01409 0.024339 $199.49
North East Boro - 2nd Ward NE 0.010249 0.01409 0.024339 $199.49
North East Township NE 0.006524 0.01409 0.020614 $199.49
Platea Boro NW 0.006489 0.0103397 0.01682865 $155.22
Springfield Township NW 0.0057625 0.0103397 0.01610215 $155.22
Summit Township FL 0.006 0.01235 0.01835 $174.68
Union City Boro- 1st Ward UCA 0.01347 0.01122 0.02469 $226.00
Union City Boro- 2nd Ward UCA 0.01347 0.01122 0.02469 $226.00
Union Township UCA 0.00641 0.01122 0.01763 $226.00
Venango Township WA 0.00761 0.0191858 0.0267958 $147.92
Washington Township GM 0.00641 0.01285 0.01926 $134.18
Waterford Boro FL 0.00791 0.01235 0.02026 $174.68
Waterford Township FL 0.0074 0.01235 0.01975 $174.68
Wattsburg Boro WA 0.00801 0.0191858 0.0271958 $147.92
Wayne Township CA 0.00665 0.014074 0.020724 $168.73
Wesleyville Boro ISD 0.013048 0.0220526 0.0351006 $345.98

How do I use this information?

Having access to business climate statistics and information is one thing, but it's quite another to use data effectively and in a way that will benefit your business. This next section will help you do just that. Learn how to use this information to make better business decisions.

Monitor the local business climate

On-going assessment of the business climate is an essential part of operating a competitive business. In any business climate, there are numerous factors outside your control that will impact your business, both positively and negatively. The health of the economy impacts all businesses, but small businesses usually feel the effect of economic changes faster than big businesses. Improvements in the economy typically provide a rapid increase in new opportunities for small businesses, while an economic downturn can have a significant and prolonged negative impact.

Unfortunately, you can’t influence the economy, but you can monitor the business climate indicators provided above and then take the necessary actions to minimize risks to your business. Staying up to date with the business climate can also help you identify new opportunities that your business can take advantage of.

Know your costs

All industries are unique and incur different types of costs when starting or operating. Understanding these costs is essential when it comes to setting prices, budgeting and planning for growth or downturns. We’ve provided some of the local costs associated with taxes, development and labor that often get overlooked by businesses. There may be other municipal and state costs that apply to your business so we encourage you to contact us to find out more.

Where can I learn more about the business climate?

While we are providing you with a range of valuable information about the business climate, the fact is that there's much more available. In this section we provide you with links to other websites that will supplement our information and help to keep your finger on the pulse.

There may also be other municipal and state costs that apply to your business so we encourage you to contact us to find out more.

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Jeff Keeler
Data Center Coordinator
814-451-7331
jkeeler@eriecountypa.gov

150 E. Front Street, Erie, PA, 16507