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Meet The Candidate:
Eric Beiter

For the past ten years, my work has been managing a private, family business that has been familiar to North Central Pennsylvania residents for more than 50 years. My work as general manager includes store leadership development, sales training, and technology deployment. The sales budget of the business is about the same as the budget

For the past ten years, my work has been managing a private, family business that has been familiar to North Central Pennsylvania residents for more than 50 years. My work as general manager includes store leadership development, sales training, and technology deployment. The sales budget of the business is about the same as the budget of the City of Williamsport, and the company employs 95 people.

My academic background includes business management and economics. In 2014, I became a graduate of Leadership Lycoming and, more recently, the Emerson Project, where others and myself were paired with highly regarded business, academic, and non-profit, high-level executives who mentored their mentees in preparation for their eventual entry into “C” level positions. Most recently, I received the national honor of being named one of the top 40 furniture executives under 40 years old by the home furnishing’s industry for my leadership in a third-generation, family-owned business.

A love for my community is one of the main drivers of my decision to run for Mayor of the City of Williamsport. I believe our city needs A Fresh Start. Quality of life is the first and foremost reason people choose to live here, and this is an asset that needs to translate to future generations by keeping our community a safe environment for raising families, stimulating small business, and keeping our City taxes low. Our City needs a mindful vision that positions it as a pillar of strength in Lycoming County and a hub of opportunity in North Central Pennsylvania. This will help attract the industries and businesses of a 21st-century economy, providing us with a workforce that’s ready for the future, and helping grow our population.

Since announcing my campaign for Mayor last November, I have had the opportunity to meet with thousands of people from all over the City of Williamsport. People from all walks of life agree, Williamsport can, and must, do better. Folks are tired of vague promises — they are looking for real solutions to serious problems. As a businessman, I’ve always believed that the customer should know what they are getting when they come to see me. Why should politics be any different? When you vote for me to be Mayor, you will know exactly what you are getting. If elected, the following items will be acted upon within the first year of my administration. It’s not just a promise, it’s my Contract with Williamsport.

1. Economic Development

The unemployment rate and median income in the City of Williamsport have lagged behind the state and national average for far too long. We need to be a leader in job creation and family-sustaining wages. As your next Mayor, I will:

• Work actively to encourage public-private partnerships, which will create family-sustaining jobs.

• Form an Economic Development Commission to attract new businesses and help existing employers grow.

• Strengthen our relationship with the Chamber of Commerce.

2. Public Safety

Williamsport cannot grow if its citizens are not safe. Recent events have demonstrated that more needs to be done to fight violent crime and drugs in our City. As your next Mayor, I will:

• Establish a Public Safety Commission to develop program recommendations and identify public safety deficiencies.

• Implement a building code compliant operation with standards that provide uniformity, which will result in better property values, elimination of blight, and a safer and more sustainable
community.

• Promote active community policing and encourage citizen involvement.

3. City Leadership

Effective city leadership willing to hold city departments to a higher standard is required to ensure that the taxpayers receive timely and meaningful services from their local government. As your next Mayor, I will:

• Conduct a full review of city organization to identify areas where services can be improved and reduce costs.

• Be accessible to community leaders and citizens by having regular office hours.

• Hold quarterly Town Hall meetings around the City.

4. Community Parks and Recreation

The best and most important investments we can make are in the health, safety, and enjoyment of our residents. Our parks have been ignored for too long. As you next Mayor, I will:

• Update the City Parks Plan and provide for all-inclusive access to playground equipment and recreational opportunities.

• Schedule “Bring out the Neighborhood” in all parks, which will increase use and socialization.

• Coordinate with area healthcare entities as they build out their community wellness outreach.

5. Streets and Infrastructure

Visitors, residents, and business owners often judge a city by the condition of its streets and other infrastructure. Williamsport needs to rebuild its critical infrastructure in order to demonstrate industry investment readiness and attract new residents. As your next Mayor, I will:

• Ensure that the City stays actively involved in the levee repair program.

• Focus on street paving projects and repairing stormwater infrastructure.

• Work to complete the Grafius Run flood mitigation project.

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  • Jerry Walls
    April 5, 2021, 10:58 am

    Eric- Your guys did a good job delivering and installing our new washing machine!! You position statement fails to mention that the City needs to execute the Complete Streets Ord which City Council enacted in June 2017. That requires that streets designated as Bike Routes on the Bike Routes Map also adopted by Council must have painted Bike Lanes and safety markers. Provisions for safe cycling wil encouraged more active healthy lifestyles that reduce the cost of health care for employers as well. And more young professionals will choose to live here.

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