For Immediate Release

New Inquirer Poll Shows Voters’ Top Priorities are “Crime. Poverty. Education.” – Three Primary Areas of Focus of the PHL-NGP Inclusive Growth Agenda – April 29, 2019

Philadelphia Neighborhood Growth Project (PHL-NGP) Announces First Four Community Meetings to Build Support for Policies to Address Voters’ Biggest Concerns

PHILADELPHIA, PA: A new poll published today by the Philadelphia Inquirer reveals that Philadelphia voters want elected officials to focus on crime (37 percent named it as the most important issue), poverty (21 percent) and education (15 percent), all of which are critical elements of the Philadelphia Neighborhood Growth Project’s (PHL-NGP) recently announced Inclusive Growth Policy Agenda. The poll surveyed opinions from 865 registered voters between April 17 and 23.

The PHL-NGP was launched last month to highlight and advocate for a new and inclusive neighborhood growth agenda for the city.  Building on the Chamber of Commerce for Greater Philadelphia’s “Roadmap for Growth,” business and community leaders are coming together because despite recent progress and national accolades, in too many ways, Philadelphia represents a “Tale of Two Cities,” where recent prosperity and opportunity are not widely shared. Philadelphia has the highest rate of poverty, and deep poverty, of any big city in the country; unlike other major cities, its poverty rate grew last year. City schools too often fail to prepare our kids for a successful future and many workers struggle to get access to training for today’s 21st Century jobs. On top of all that, many neighborhoods remain scarred by crime, gun violence, and opioid and drug addiction.

The PHL-NGP’s inclusive, pro-growth policy platform focuses directly on the most important issues highlighted in this new poll:

  • Inclusive Growth and Good Jobs
  • Workforce Modernization
  • Safe and Healthy Neighborhoods
  • Putting People First at City Hall

Throughout the coming weeks and months, the Chamber and its partners, including the African-American Chamber of Commerce of PA, NJ, & DE, the Asian American Chamber of Commerce of Greater Philadelphia, the Greater Northeast Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce, the Greater Philadelphia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and dozens of civic and business leaders from across the city are hosting a series of community meetings and briefings to help drive broad-based consensus around an inclusive, pro-growth agenda. 

The first four public community events are:

April 29, 2019 – District 7
5:30PM – 7:30PM
2200 N. American Street
Philadelphia, PA 19133

May 2 – District 1
5:30PM – 7:30PM
Lutheran Settlement House
1340 Frankford Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19125

May 6 – District 10
6:00PM – 8:00PM
Northeast YMCA
11088 Knights Rd.
Philadelphia, PA 19154

May 9 – District 9
5:30PM – 7:30PM
Lawncrest Library
6098 Rising Sun Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19111