Carl Elliott of Clean Earth, Inc. shows his construction spirit.
Carl Elliott of Clean Earth, Inc. shows his construction spirit.

Post submitted by Bill McCambley, Educational Testing Service

Congratulations to the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce and all the participants at the May 20th Region on the Rise forum. We need more events like this – held in the expansive and open Philadelphia Cruise Terminal at the Navy Yard on a beautiful morning. It highlighted just one more perhaps under-appreciated, yet business-friendly, environment conducive to businesses of all kinds in Philadelphia, the Philadelphia Navy Yard. The free parking was nice, but I was really struck by all the development which has transformed the Navy Yard into a commercial/retail/professional district and business incubator. Roughly the geographic size of center city, with great commuter access, I can see it posing some real competition to center city for the locating of company headquarters in the coming years.

The setting was wonderful inside the building also. Informal, yet very bright and airy, with lots of impromptu conversations before the program kicked off at 8:00 AM and then again during the breaks. Gotta say, the breakfast food and drinks were pretty great, actually. So that was a nice little bonus. As one of the 16 or so exhibitors, I greatly appreciated being positioned between the food and the presentation seating. The casual setting is what made the morning, though – no pressure, everyone seemed to know everyone else. Not sure how many people were there, but I guess the number was probably around 200 or so.

Mark Schweiker was his normal excellent self (I will miss his boundless energy and enthusiasm as he now moves forward to take on new and different challenges.) James Creedon delivered a keynote concerning the Commonwealth’s allocation of funds from the economic recovery bill and talked about how businesses can benefit from that bill. Each of the two panel discussions, alone, were worth the price of admission, but I particularly appreciated the discussion concerning minority-owned business opportunities moderated by Walter Palmer of the General Building Contractors Association (GBCA).

So thanks, GPCC, for a worthwhile Region on the Rise forum.

If you missed it this year, don’t miss the next one.  Click here to view photos of the event.