Philadelphia is rightfully seen as one of the country’s premier cities, but we know the city cannot reach its full potential until every Philadelphian has an equal opportunity, education, and support, all of which require an inclusive, growing, and vibrant economy that is generating significant tax revenues.

That’s the thinking behind the newly launched PHL Neighborhood Growth Project, a new initiative which builds on the Chamber’s Roadmap for Growth. The PHL Neighborhood Growth Project will focus on key issues facing the City of Philadelphia, engage in detailed public policy debates and highlight and advocate for a neighborhood growth agenda during Philadelphia’s 2019 elections. The Chamber is partnering with other critical pro-growth leaders, including the African-American Chamber of Commerce (AACC) of Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware and the Asian American Chamber of Commerce of Greater Philadelphia.

“We need policies, including but certainly not limited to, wage and business tax reductions and regulatory reform, that will continue to build Philadelphia as a world-class city,” said Rob Wonderling, the President and CEO of the Chamber. “It is critical that every neighborhood is included in the city’s progress and we are committed to working as a team with the City Council, the mayor, and neighborhood and civic leaders to make this happen.”

The PHL Neighborhood Growth Project will not be engaging in specific political races but will focus on fostering debate about the key issues facing the City of Philadelphia, and engage in detailed public policy debates and work to educate voters and candidates. The PHL Neighborhood Growth Project focuses on, and in the coming weeks will be releasing specific recommendations about, four key areas: Inclusive Growth and Good Jobs; Workforce Modernization; Safe and Healthy Neighborhoods; and Putting People First at City Hall.  Among the policies gaining support are targeted tax credits to boost startups, improved workforce training and education options, and strengthening and expanding reform measures in City Hall.

Yvette A. Núñez, who helps lead this new neighborhood growth initiative as the Vice President, Civic Affairs for the Chamber of Commerce for Greater Philadelphia, noted that the city faces significant financial challenges even as it moves to confront pockets of deep poverty among its citizens. “We all want better schools and a modernized workforce, world-class parks, rec centers and infrastructure, and the best way, and likely the only way, to make these critical investments is to have a growing, vibrant, and inclusive economy.”

As part of our overall growth agenda, the Chamber will also host a “Roadmap for Growth” issue forum on April 17, 2019 to bring together Philadelphia’s business community, civic leaders, neighborhood organizations, and residents together to discuss growth in Philadelphia and unveil its district-level growth report.

These elections are critical to the direction of Philadelphia and the entire region and it is equally important that everyone who can help build support for an inclusive, pro-growth agenda lend a hand over the next 10 weeks. We will be reaching out to many Chamber members directly, but if you’d like to raise your hand to help before then, or to find out more, please visit our new website – phillyneighborhoodgrowthproject.com – and follow the initiative on Facebook and Twitter.

Upcoming Program

Roadmap for Growth: Defining Growth for Philadelphia
Wednesday, April 17, 2019
5:00 – 7:30 p.m.

Attendees will receive a copy of findings on growth by City Council District in Philadelphia, which will inspire conversations on how to uplift our city and move a shared economic agenda forward.