Welcome to the Office of Capital Finance & Lending


The Erie County Redevelopment Authority (ECRDA) offers a variety of financing options for commercial real estate and business development and redevelopment. Our products provide gap financing that work in conjunction with private equity and private debt to help your business grow and prosper.

No matter what your business needs, we are here to help. To allow for maximum low-interest financing for your project, The ECRDA operates and manages the following business loan programs:


ECRDA Business Loan Fund

ECRDA operates a $30M+ loan program for business development in Erie County, with financing up to $1 million for manufacturing, Industrial, commercial, and service businesses. Funding can be used for land and building acquisition, construction and renovation, machinery and equipment purchase and refurbishing.


PIDA Loans (Pennsylvania Industrial Development Authority)

PIDA distributes loans to The Erie County Redevelopment Authority which, in turn, lends funds to local companies for projects. The purpose of PIDA is to stimulate the construction of industrial building and/or development projects to increase employment in Pennsylvania with the focus on job creation or job retention. PIDA provides long-term, low-interest second mortgage financing for new construction, acquisition, or expansion.


USDA Loan Program

Much like PIDA loans, the USDA loan program utilizes low-interest financing for businesses located in certain rural areas. USDA makes funds available through ECRDA for business development.


Municipality Loans

The Erie County Redevelopment Authority offers financing to local municipalities located within Erie County. We offer affordable financing which can be used for infrastructure expansion or improvement, real estate purchase or renovation, and equipment or vehicles. We work closely with the municipality helping to spur growth and create jobs.


Community Impact Fund

The goal of the Community Impact Fund is to facilitate equitable small business growth by focusing on women- and minority-owned businesses as well as those located in and/or serving historically disadvantaged populations. The purpose of the Community Impact Fund is to help improve personal wealth and bolster new job creation and sustainability through access to capital and other resources. For more information, contact us at: 814.480.0338


Tax Credits, Grants and Technical Assistance

ECRDA, in partnership with local, state and federal officials will work to ensure your project is eligible for the maximum financial incentives necessary to deliver your project on time and within budget.



For more information about any of our Capital options, please contact:

Chris Groner, Vice President of Capital Finance & Lending
814.480.0337 x 103

Betsy Bort, Senior Loan Officer
814.480.0337 x 303