The Chamber’s Executive Forum: Insights into the Region is a four-part series designed exclusively for senior executives and CEOs, allowing for strategic networking with other business leaders in the Greater Philadelphia area. Each program offers valuable insights into the most current and relevant social, economic or political trends happening in our region and provides guidance as to how they will impact our business community.

Throughout FY17, attendees heard from numerous speakers touching on a variety of topics. Check out some key takeaways from each discussion below.

June 16, 2017: The Revitalization of the Market East Corridor

Stakeholders directly involved with the redevelopment of the Market East District, including Daniel Killinger, Managing Director, Development, National Real Estate Development, John Poplawski, Senior Director, Site Acquisition and Development, Wawa, and  Tom Weitzel, Managing Director, JLL, shared with attendees how the renovated streetscape, retail & residential expansion and a new look will impact both the local and regional economies.

Key takeaways:

  • After the 2008 recession, Philadelphia’s vacancy rate was hovering at about 15%. In 2