New Coalition Launched to Promote Rail Infrastructure Investment Across Northeast Corridor

This press release was originally published by Holland & Knight LLP.

(Washington, D.C.) —  A diverse group of businesses and community stakeholders today announced the formation of the Coalition for the Northeast Corridor (CNEC) – a group brought together to realize the Corridor’s potential by advocating for federal infrastructure investment and to pursue an ambitious vision for growth.

CNEC members rely on the Northeast Corridor (NEC) to move and sustain a workforce that contributes $50 billion annually to the American economy.   The “NEC Infrastructure Master Plan” estimated that the NEC will need $52 billion over the next 20 […]

What a Tax Overhaul Means for the Business Community

Last month, the Chamber was pleased to host a roundtable with U.S. Senator Robert P. Casey, Jr. to discuss the prospects of a comprehensive tax overhaul in a new Congress and Administration next year. Senator Casey serves on the Senate Committee on Finance which is responsible for taxation and revenue to the United States government. His position on the committee makes him a powerful voice in Congress on the issue of tax reform.

The legislative recess before the November election allowed Senator Casey to break away from business on Capitol Hill to meet in Philadelphia with a cross-section of the Chamber […]

Modern Moves for a Modern City

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What Philly has to do to keep transportation gains going. 

I was very fortunate to begin my career 10 days out of college in Philadelphia in 1984. Having grown in up rural Lebanon County, Pa., getting around meant you either walked, borrowed your dad’s car, rode your two stroke mini bike through the alfalfa fields or hitched a ride with someone you kinda sorta knew in town.

You can imagine my adjustment to the big city, which now involved taking the Market- Frankford and Broad Street lines, the trolley, and yes, riding my […]

October 4th, 2016|Categories: Advocacy, Public Policy|0 Comments

Select to Champion Greater Philadelphia in Germany

The Chamber’s Select Greater Philadelphia Council (Select) has partnered with the City of Philadelphia to arrange an 18-person visit to Germany from September 24-30 in an effort to develop and reinforce a robust trade relationship, an exchange of best practices in workforce development and to nurture business development and attraction opportunities with this European country. The seven-day trade and investment mission will include meetings and presentations in cities across Germany, including Philadelphia’s newest “Sister City” Frankfurt.

“We will continue to build on the relationship with Frankfurt and Potsdam which brought delegations to Philadelphia last year as well as Select’s visits to Hannover […]

Chamber Executive Joe Grace to Join Pennsylvania AG Campaign

The Chamber of Commerce for Greater Philadelphia announced today that its Vice President for Civic Affairs, Joe Grace is departing to join the campaign of Josh Shapiro for Pennsylvania Attorney General as a senior communications advisor. Grace served as the Chamber’s chief advocate in Philadelphia City Hall since January 2013.

During his tenure with the Chamber, Grace spearheaded the Chamber’s Roadmap for Growth campaign to develop a comprehensive agenda for Philadelphia that promotes job creation and economic prosperity through 2020.  Since the launch of the Roadmap initiative, Chamber members and over 145 neighborhood and grassroots civic leaders have conducted more than […]

Report: Immigrants vital part of U.S. economy

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Urging Congress to overhaul the immigration system or risk losing in global workforce competition, Philadelphia business and community leaders rallied Wednesday on Independence Mall, releasing fresh state-by-state data on the economic impact of foreign-born newcomers and launching a campaign they call Reason for Reform.

Rob Wonderling, president and CEO of the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce, called on elected officials to “enact policies and reforms that will support immigration as critical [to] innovation, company formation, and job growth” in the region.

The areas of the country that will “lead in the 21st century must intentionally attract […]

Statement from the Chamber on the City of Philadelphia’s Proposed FY2017 Budget

Over the last two years, the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with its members, candidates for mayor and City Council, and 150 civic and neighborhood leaders, has conducted a citywide campaign, the Roadmap for Growth, around economic growth and job creation in Philadelphia. In neighborhood after neighborhood, businesspersons and citizens have expressed the clear desire for more jobs, further investments in their communities, and a more competitive environment so that all may thrive.

These civic aspirations are in keeping with the Chamber’s core mission – to advocate for economic growth and sound policies that enable all our member businesses […]

Roadmap for Growth: Guest Commentary – Jim Cawley

The Roadmap for Growth is a multi-year initiative of the Chamber of Commerce for Greater Philadelphia to engage Mayor Jim Kenney and City Council in a shared agenda to promote economic growth and job creation in the City of Philadelphia.


Guest Commentator:  Jim Cawley – President & CEO, United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey and Member, Board of Directors, Chamber of Commerce for Greater Philadelphia

What role can we play in improving PreK-12 public education and strengthening charter, parochial and private schools in Philadelphia?

Each of us has a role to play in the education of our youth […]

[Recap] – Local Leaders Discuss Expanding Philadelphia’s Neighborhood Economies

The Chamber of Commerce for Greater Philadelphia through its Roadmap for Growth initiative, hosted a policy forum on expanding neighborhood economies at WHYY’s studios on Thursday, April 28. Many ideas were highlighted in front of an audience of 150 attendees that included large and small businesses as well as neighborhood and civic organizations.

This policy forum featured a keynote address from Commerce Director Harold T. Epps as well as remarks from Manuel Portillo, Director of Civic Engagement, Welcoming Center for New Pennsylvanians; Matt Bergheiser, Executive Director, University City District; Mike Innocenzo, Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, PECO; Evelyn Smalls, […]