Erie is a major industrial city located on the Lake Erie shore in northwestern Pennsylvania. Named for the lake it borders, Erie is Pennsylvania's fourth largest city with an estimated population of 280,000 as of 2001. Its once-heavy industry has switched to a heavy manufacturing sector consists generally of locomotive building and plastics now-a-days. Tourism has also become a more prevalent industry and is in the middle of the rust belt. The Pennsylvania yellowpages can tell you more about the industries here. Presque Isle State Park draws in over four million visitors year. A growing park, PresqueIsle State Park features an arching sandy peninsula into Lake Erie. There are 13 miles of roads, 13 swimmable beaches, 21 miles of recreational trails and a marina. People come here every year for water recreations - such as swimming and boating - as well as hiking, bird watching and biking. The Tom Ridge Environmental Center (TREC) is also a huge tourist attraction. As the gateway and administrative center for the Park, TREC houses interactive education exhibits, classrooms, research laboratories and a Discovery Center.It is also home to the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection's programs, and other ecological protection organizations. Check out the business directory for more information on this and any other city.
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