The Chamber and its CEO Council for Growth have been making moves to transform Greater Philadelphia into a global region – and the outcomes are getting noticed (and awarded).

In Spring of 2017, the Chamber’s CEO Council for Growth released Connecting the Region: A Transportation Strategy for Greater Philadelphia in support of its initiative to identify the most transformative transportation investments that will enable growth throughout the region. Since then, the Chamber and CEO Council have worked to bring the strategy to fruition.

Hear what our members have to say:

 “Bolstering high-speed rail along the Northeast Corridor will better connect central business districts and research and development clusters around universities and hospitals, where so much innovation takes place.”

John Fry, President, Drexel University@drexeluniv


 “A stop along the Market-Frankford Line at 20th Street may be the ticket to solidifying the Innovation District, making that stretch of Market Street more accessible and appealing to new business start-ups and to established business prospects that have employees who commute.”

Elizabeth Murphy, Senior Vice President, Regulatory and External Affairs, PECO, @PECOconnect


“…making investments in good transportation infrastructure is vital to making children well — and ensuring safe and reliable access to our care.”

Peter Grollman, Senior Vice President, External Affairs, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia@ChildrensPhila

Read below for a recap of the work done so far:
  • In support of the extension of the Norristown High-Speed Line, one of the nine project areas outlined in the strategy, Anselm Sauter, Manager of Federal Affairs for the Chamber of Commerce for Greater Philadelphia, provided comments on the Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the King of Prussia Rail Project, applauding Jerry Sweeney, President and CEO of Brandywine Realty Trust, for leading the KOP Rail Coalition forward as its Chair.
  • To accommodate and accelerate the region’s outstanding development, the Chamber and its CEO Council for Growth encouraged critical infrastructure investments that expand use of our multimodal nodes, highways, bridges, transit, ports, inter-city passenger rail, and international airport in its Fiscal Year 2019 Appropriations Request to regional congressional members.
Planning Award

The hard work and dedication to making Greater Philadelphia a global region has not gone unnoticed. On Monday, May 7, the CEO Council for Growth was presented with the Greater Valley Forge Transportation Management Association’s (GVF) Planning Award at their 28th Annual Meeting. Claire Greenwood, Executive Director of the  CEO Council for Growth, is seen below accepting the award, along with Maureen Farrell, Deputy Executive Director and Rob Henry, Executive Director of GVF.

On the CEO Council receiving the award, Greenwood said,

“The CEO Council for Growth is honored to receive this recognition from GVF for our transportation strategy for Greater Philadelphia called Connecting the Region. Our aim was to identify and advance a portfolio of the most transformative transportation project areas that will best attract investment and enable growth throughout our region. This achievement would not have been possible without the contributions of key members of the CEO Council, in particular the expert guidance and analytical support from Greg Kelly and the WSP USA  team.  There is still plenty of work ahead to implement the project areas that were identified; this incredible recognition demonstrates that we are moving in the right direction. ”

The CEO Council for Growth (CEO Council) is a Council of the Chamber consisting of a devoted group of business, higher education, and civic leaders who commit their time and efforts to enhancing economic growth and prosperity in the 11-county region influencing regional and national policy through advocacy.