Thomas R. Hersey, Jr., Commissioner of Environment & Planning

Thomas R. Hersey, Jr., Commissioner of Environment & Planning

The Department of Environment and Planning leads the County's economic development efforts, oversees environmental compliance, collaborates on local and regional planning, provides digital mapping services, and provides wastewater treatment services in seven sewer districts across the county.

What's Happening in Environment & Planning
Date:  2/3/21

The Erie County Department of Environment and Planning (“DEP”), in conjunction with the Erie County Arts and Cultural Advisory Board (“EACAB”), will be kicking off the 2022 Arts and Cultural Funding Program with an application release on Monday, March 1st.


As implemented last year,...

County Executive Mark Poloncarz and 43North have released the Back to Business Grant Program Report

This report outlines the unprecedented $20 million County grant program conducted in partnership with 43North to provide financial aid to our small businesses in their greatest time of need.

The full Report can be found...

Small Business Resources 2020

Being a small business owner can be a daunting task, especially in the wake of the current COVID-19 pandemic. Fortunately there are a multitude of resources available to help shepherd business owners through the storm. The Erie County Business Task Force has compiled a comprehensive list of small business service providers that can assist with access to capital, technical trainings, networking...