The following letter was sent by the PHL Neighborhood Growth Project to neighborhood, business, and civic leaders.
Wow – yesterday was incredible. More than 100 business owners, neighborhood leaders, and individuals from the PHL Neighborhood Growth Project coalition joined me at City Council for a hearing to discuss the PHL Neighborhood Growth Project Inclusive Growth Agenda.
Throughout the hearing, we learned how Philadelphia is powered by people and businesses who try to make our city the best place for everyone to live, work, and play. The commitment to inclusive growth – finding the right programs and services for each individual neighborhood to thrive – by the members of this coalition assure me that we are on the right path to seeing every resident of Philadelphia taking part in our shared prosperity.
I wanted to share a few highlights from the panelists with you:
- Hassan Charles of Year Up Philadelphia shared how cross-sector partnerships between employers, educational institutions, and workforce development programs can empower young adults to move from minimum wage jobs to a meaningful career in just a single year.
- Steven Bradley of the African-American Chamber of Commerce reminded Council that growing the number of small and medium sized businesses, especially minority owned businesses, is key to building a strong, sustainable economy that extends prosperity into every neighborhood.
- Peter Hotz of Vybe Urgent Care demonstrated how the lack of opportunity can affect both the fabric of a community and the health of its residents.
- Shalimar Thomas of North Broad Renaissance discussed how the proposed commercial corridors around North Broad seek to bring sustainable employment opportunities, grow current businesses in the area, and generally increase the neighborhood’s annual income and overall prosperity.
- David Simms of Eatible Delights Catering, a small business he started after working in restaurants himself, emphasized the importance of helping entrepreneurs create jobs and reforming Philadelphia’s tax system.
Thank you to everyone who was able to join me and the PHL Neighborhood Growth Project. I am excited and eager to see the things we are able to accomplish together to make Philadelphia a city that allows all its residents and neighborhoods to thrive.
Councilman Derek Green