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Erie County Poverty Summit on Thursday to address tough issues

The impact of health care and immigration on the region's poor, and the scope of poverty in the region, will be among the focal points of the Erie County Poverty Summit on Thursday.

“Despite gains in our economy and an unemployment rate that remains low, poverty remains a persistent drain on our community that still hinders individuals from achieving their true potential, especially our children and our seniors,” said Erie County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz. “The Poverty Summit will bring together a wide cross-section of community leaders to discuss ongoing challenges and explore ways to help residents overcome those challenges and lead healthy, productive lives in Erie County.”

The event is free and open to the public, and runs from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m at the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center. Morning sessions will be followed by afternoon breakout sessions. To attend, call (716) 858-8679 or email

A draft of the Poverty Summit agenda can be found here: 2017 Erie County Poverty Summit agenda

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