CityGrows and Erie County offer local Pennsylvania restaurants free digital tool to plan for safe reopening
Catherine Geanuracos
July 20, 2021

CityGrows and Erie County offer local Pennsylvania restaurants free digital tool to plan for safe reopening

County leverages local government technology startup CityGrows to provide safety resource planning for small businesses during COVID-19

For immediate release: June 22, 2020

In preparation for Erie County’s transition from the “Yellow” to “Green” phase of business operations on Friday, June 26, 2020, the Erie County Environmental Health Services Team has partnered with CityGrows, an Erie-based government technology startup, to offer free, optional reopening digital resources to local restaurants.

Via the Erie County Department of Health portal ( on CityGrows, businesses can plan their Food Facility Reopening Procedures or request to suspend their operating license for the season.

The Food Facility Reopening Procedures workflow helps restaurants plan for all the operational changes they’ll need to make to keep their staff and diners safe. Restaurant owners can review and develop their plan for responding to the State of Pennsylvania’s reopening guidance.

At the end of the process, they can save and/or print their reopening plan for reference.

“It’s been great to be able to create this COVID-related resource for our local restaurants quickly and at no cost to the county,” said Breanna Adams, director of environmental health services at Erie County Department of Health. “We’re grateful for this partnership with CityGrows and for this workflow that enables our local businesses to plan for safe operations.”

CityGrows CEO and Co-founder Catherine Geanuracos stated, “We feel so lucky to be helping the local Erie area restaurants we love move one step closer to reopening for on-site dining. The support we’ve gotten from investors and local governments in this region has really been transformative for our startup, so it’s great to be able to give back.”

Local restaurant owner Karen Thomas of Pineapple Eddie Southern Bistro stated:

"This survey definitely took some time to complete but considering what's at stake, it's worth it. There were some questions that I hadn't thought about that we have now addressed.  This workflow was helpful and allowed us to improve the procedures we'd already put together."

Erie County Department of Health: All questions related to COVID-19 symptoms and enforcement should be directed to Erie County Department of Health at 814-451-6700 or For more information related to COVID-19 including fact sheets, business resources, family resources, videos, translations, guidance and more, visit and the social media accounts for Erie County, Pa., and Erie County Department of Health

CityGrows is a workflow automation platform for local governments, providing low-cost, remote-ready digital tools for permitting and licensing. Based in Erie, the company supports workflows in municipalities and counties across the U.S. CityGrows has received investment from Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Central and Northern PA, the Erie Innovation District, and Erie Insurance. (


Erie County: Melissa J. Dixon

CityGrows: Catherine Geanuracos,

Catherine Geanuracos

Catherine is the CEO and a Co-Founder of CityGrows. She's dedicated to supporting local governments and helping them improve outcomes for their residents and staff members. She is a former VP of the City of Los Angeles Innovation and Performance Commission and co-founder of LA's Code for America Brigade Hack for LA. She's based in Los Angeles.

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