The Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce (the Chamber) in partnership with Councilmen At-Large Jim Kenney and David Oh as well as The Welcoming Center for New Pennsylvanians hosted its eighth Listening Tour session in the Roadmap for Growth campaign on Tuesday, December 2. Community groups, business associations, partner organizations and others discussed the best ideas to encourage economic growth and create jobs in Philadelphia. About 70 people attended Tuesday evening’s meeting at Ballard Spahr’s offices in Center City.


“We were excited to partner with The Welcoming Center, Councilman Kenney and Councilman Oh on a Listening Tour that focused on what Philadelphia’s immigrant community would like to see changed as it relates to commerce and city government,” said Joe Grace, Director of Public Policy for the Chamber. “Their responses echoed many of the themes we have heard throughout our Listening Tours while also bringing new perspectives and ideas.”


Some of the suggestions from the meeting include:

-Capitalizing on new visas being offered by the federal government by promoting Philadelphia as a great place for new immigrants;

-Fostering the infrastructure for a mentoring program between existing and incoming immigrants to help mentor and navigate through the city’s processes and procedures; and

-Incentivizing bilingual and trilingual people to become City employees.


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