About Erie Ice House
Not unlike many U.S. small to mid-size markets, Erie, along with her surrounding counties, has experienced significant decline over the past several years.
One of the reasons for this is the fact that we forgot that our region was originally built by entrepreneurs. When you also come to understand that almost ALL net new jobs are created by startups, it makes perfect sense to shine a bright light on entrepreneurship as a key growth strategy for any community!
One important symptom of sustained decline has been that our community, collectively, has learned to live with a scarcity mentality. Instead of focusing on taking calculated risks and proactively investing in our future growth, we’ve learned how to “do more with less”.
It is this scarcity mentality and learned helplessness that the Ice House Leadership Program community deployment will change.
This program instills confidence and problem solving attitudes in everyone that experiences it. We will change to a community of forward thinking, positive people that are genuinely investing our time and talents to change our future for the better. It is up to us to take ownership of our destiny as a community.
We will do this because we can.
Erie Ice House Certified Facilitators April 2016
Brett Wiler, Chanel Cook, Sabrina Fischer, Brian Nottingham, Amanda Slider, Caryl Unseld, Shantel Hilliard, Susan Gable, Darnell Stallworth, Rodney Cray, Gae Anderson Miller, Eileen Zinchiak, Leigh Kostis, Adam Bratton, Paul Jericho, Anthony Conti, Tim Few, Kim Burney, Matt McLaughlin, Kathy Gray
Previous Erie Ice House Certified Facilitators:
Candy Maxwell, Colin Hurley, Beth Zimmer, Janet Anderson, Mike Chevalier, Kevin Arrington, Bill Scholz, Marcy Hall
The Innovation Collaborative is a 501c(3) organization located in Erie, PA. Our mission is to catalyze the improvement and growth of northwest PA’s emerging entrepreneurial ecosystem. We are leading the community wide implementation of the Ice House Leadership Program in support of JumpStart’s strong recommendation that we, “Urgently focus on changing our culture to one that is less risk averse and more celebratory of entrepreneurship.”
Co-Founder and Managing Director
“The Innovation Collaborative is an organization built by countless members of our community who recognize that entrepreneurship is vital to the region’s present and future economic success. We are here to serve the ecosystem, the strong support organizations available to entrepreneurs, and the entrepreneurs themselves.”