By Ken Amundson
ERIE — The Town of Erie has hired Benjamin Pratt as its new economic development manager. In his new position, Pratt is responsible for managing the town’s economic development efforts including primary employment and retail attraction and development. Pratt has more than seven years of direct economic development experience, and most recently served as vice president of the Erie Regional Chamber & Growth Partnership in Erie, Penn. Pratt served in that position since 2013. Pratt received his bachelor of arts degree in international business from Mercyhurst University and his certified economic developer accreditation from the International Economic Development Council. “I’m honored to be given the opportunity to help lead Erie toward achieving new private investment, better job opportunities for residents, a more diversified economy and a healthier tax base,” Pratt said in a prepared statement. Pratt’s first day at Town Hall was Nov 27.