Our Story

At the Heart of Good Business for Over 200 Years

Since 1801, the Chamber has brought area businesses and civic leaders together to promote growth and create opportunity in our region.

2016

At the Heart of Good Business

The Chamber goes through a rebrand and is henceforth known as The Chamber of Commerce for Greater Philadelphia

2015

Preserving History

215th Anniversary: Time capsule is installed to commemorate office renovation

2009

Chamber Welcomes Rob

Rob Wonderling is hired as President & CEO

2006

Business is Greater Here

Founded: Select Greater Philadelphia (now Select Greater Philadelphia Council);

2003

Leading Forward

Founded: The CEO Council for Growth

2001

200 Years

200th Anniversary

1996

Motivating the Future

Founded: Young Professionals Network (now Young Professionals Council)

Welcome to the Bellevue

Office moved to its current location in the Bellevue, at 200 S. Broad Street.

1995

Presidential Visit

President George H.W. Bush visits

1981

Focus on the Arts

Founded: Arts & Culture Council (now Arts + Business Council)

1969

GPCC

Name changed to “Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce” or GPCC

1957

Introduction of Councils

Chamber Reorganization Approved: The Chamber’s Executive Committee implements six councils

William Penn Award

Edward G. Budd, Jr. is appointed chairman of the four-man committee to select the recipient of the William Penn Award

1952

New Name

Trades League buys the name rights and is henceforth known as the “Chamber of Commerce of Greater Philadelphia”

1942

Improving Transportation

Merger with Trades League of Philadelphia, which focused on improving transportation

1901

100 years

100th Anniversary

1834

Open to All

Absorbed into the Philadelphia Board of Trade, open to non-merchant businessmen.

1801

When it all began

Founded to represent shipping merchants and to facilitate foreign trade

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