A message from the Chamber’s President & CEO Rob Wonderling to our members.

Dear Friends,

Last Monday, nearly 200 diverse leaders of our region’s business and civic community announced efforts to work towards economic recovery amid the COVID-19 pandemic and the need for greater social justice.

Working with government and across industries we’ve created a true public private partnership. Your chamber is committed to approaching this work using a lens of diversity, equity and inclusion to ensure that these recommendations benefit all citizens including those currently overlooked, underrepresented, or disenfranchised.

This Taskforce will provide actionable and practical recommendations to improve our economy with the goals of defending our regional market share and attaining greater market share from other regions across several sectors, including higher education, small and mid-sized companies, hospitality/tourism/arts and culture, healthcare delivery, financial services, tech, media, telecom, and life sciences. Each sector-specific plan will have 5 to 7 short and medium-term actionable solutions to accelerate inclusive growth to be announced this summer.

The work of the Philadelphia Recharge and Recover Task Force and the Chamber’s commitment to equity are part of a stepped-up effort by the business community to identify areas for change and hold ourselves accountable for economic inclusivity and empowerment for all.

If you would like to participate in this important work, please let me know. This is an all-hands-on-deck effort, not a drill, and we need everyone engaged at all levels to be allies and advocates for those who have been voiceless. We are certain that with much urgency, hard work, collaboration, and understanding we will be part of bringing lasting change and greater economic growth to our region and all its citizens.

Yours in an equitable future,


Rob Wonderling
President & CEO
The Chamber of Commerce for Greater Philadelphia