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Erie is a major industrial city on the shore of Lake Erie in the northwestern corner of the U.S. state of Pennsylvania. Named for the lake and the Native American tribe that resided along its southern shore, Erie is the state's fourth-largest city with a population of 104,000. Erie's metropolitan area consists of 281,000 residents. The city is the seat of government for Erie County.

Erie played a major part in the War of 1812 when President James Madison ordered the construction of a naval fleet at Erie. Noted shipbuilders Daniel Dobbins of Erie and Noah Brown of New York led construction of four schooner-rigged gunboats and two brigs. Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry arrived from Rhode Island and led the squadron to success in the historic Battle of Lake Erie. Because of the presence of Perry's flagship, the US Brig Niagara, Erie is known as the Flagship City.

Erie is in proximity to Cleveland, Ohio; Buffalo, New York; and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Once teeming with heavy industry, Erie's heavy manufacturing sector now consists mainly of plastics and locomotive building. Known for its lake effect snow, Erie is in the heart of the rust belt and has begun to focus on tourism as a driving force in its economy. More than four million people each year visit Presque Isle State Park, for water recreation, and a new casino named for the state park is growing in popularity.


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Pennsylvania Route 290 (PA 290) is a 9 mile (14 km) long state highway located entirely in the city of Erie, Pennsylvania. The western terminus of the route is at Interstate 79 and Pennsylvania Route 5 in the neighborhood of Dock Junction. The eastern terminus is at Interstate 90 and Pennsylvania Route 430 southeast of downtown in Belleview Heights.

The route is one of the newest in the Pennsylvania state highway system. After being signed in the spring of 2006, PA 290 held the distinction of being the newest state route until Pennsylvania Route 576 opened near Pittsburgh on October 11, 2006.



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George J. "Mike" Kelly, Jr. (born May 10, 1948) is the U.S. Representative for Pennsylvania's 3rd congressional district. He is a member of the Republican Party. Kelly was born on May 10, 1948 in Pittsburgh. He was raised in Butler County. In High School, he played varsity football as a fullback, while his team reached two WPIAL Championship games. He graduated from Butler High School in 1966. He received a scholarship to play football at University of Notre Dame, but his career was quickly ended because of an injury. After college, he worked for his father's car Chevrolet/Cadillac car dealership. In 1995, he purchased his father's business, and then added Hyundai and KIA to his dealership lineup. Kelly ran against Kathy Dahlkemper in 2010 and won the election by 10.2 percent.


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