The Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce placed an op-ed in today’s Inquirer, outlining questions for the mayoral candidates that ask about their vision to grow Philadelphia’s economy. The full text is below:
What’s the plan to help Philly grow, candidates?
by Rob Wonderling
On May 19, Philadelphia voters will go to the polls to nominate Democratic and Republican candidates for mayor of Philadelphia. Since 1951, voters have elected a Democrat to lead this great city, so that party’s primary looms large.
Across the board, Philadelphia is growing, from the largest percentage of millennial population of any major U.S. city, to the billions of dollars in construction and development projects in and around Center City.
The 4,000 member companies of the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce believe it is paramount that the next mayor focuses on continuing our momentum. We must create jobs and boost our population and economic growth to keep Philadelphia competitive with other cities around the world. We believe now is the time for the mayoral candidates to share their plans on these important economic issues.
Starting last year, the Chamber spearheaded an important campaign to have a dialogue about growth, job creation, and the election for mayor. The goal of the campaign, called Roadmap for Growth, is to build upon the successes of Mayor Nutter and City Council by capturing new ideas from public and private sector thought leaders that can inform the candidates.
Over the last four months, our campaign has accomplished the following:
Conducted 11 listening-tour meetings with Council members in city neighborhoods.
Held two issues forums on workforce development and the city’s competitiveness with experts and four candidates for mayor.
Created partnerships with nearly 70 civic, neighborhood, and business organizations.
Launched a website, RoadmapForGrowth.com, with thousands of followers.
As a key next step, we are asking the candidates to respond to five questions that seek to determine how, as mayor, each would encourage growth, create jobs, run government more efficiently, and address the city’s workforce development challenges.
The goal is to educate the Philadelphia business community, voters, and other stakeholders about the candidates̵