For Immediate Release

Leaders of Philadelphia Neighborhood Growth Project Applaud Mayor’s Announcement of Inclusive, Neighborhood Focused Growth Agenda – May 2, 2019

Today, leaders of the Philadelphia Neighborhood Growth Project (PHL-NGP), applauded the announcement by Mayor Jim Kenney of a new economic development plan that prioritizes inclusive growth across the city’s neighborhoods and offered to work in partnership to build support for a new agenda in City Hall.  PHL-NGP, a coalition of business and community leaders, recently announced the details of its multi-faceted, pro-growth policy agenda that provides concrete solutions to address may of the issues highlighted in Mayor Kenney’s plan.  

Dan Hilferty, Chairman of the Board, Chamber of Commerce for Greater Philadelphia, and Chief Executive Officer, Independence Blue Cross
“The release of the Mayor’s new report confirms there is an unprecedented solidarity among government, business, non-profits and the public that Philadelphia must adopt an inclusive, pro-growth strategy to address its biggest challenges. As detailed in the Philadelphia Neighborhood Growth Project’s (PHL-NGP) recently released Inclusive Growth Policy agenda, addressing the too high poverty that limits what the city can achieve will require a broad approach that includes workforce development and education improvements, public safety and addiction efforts, and investments in our communities and its people.  We look forward to working in partnership with the Mayor and his administration to ensure that every neighborhood, every community, every family, every resident and every child, feels they have equal opportunity to share in Philadelphia’s prosperity.

Yvette Nunez, Vice President, Civic Affairs, Chamber of Commerce for Greater Philadelphia
“We are excited to be working with the Mayor, members of City Council and businesses and residents from across Philadelphia to develop and implement policies that focus on the needs of neighborhoods.  The PHL-NGP, which builds on the Chamber’s ‘Roadmap for Growth,’ is based on a simple belief: an individual’s best path out of poverty is a good job, the path to wealth creation is through entrepreneurship, and the only way to make the needed investments in our people is through a sustainable, inclusive and growing tax base.”

Steven Scott Bradley, Chair of the African-American Chamber of Commerce of PA, NJ, & DE
“Just as a smart business makes investments in its employees, a smart government invests in its people.  And just as a business needs growing revenues to make those investments, a government needs a strong tax base – a thriving, inclusive, and growing tax base.  That’s why an inclusive, pro-growth strategy in City Hall is so important. Both as a business owner and the Chair of the African-American Chamber of Commerce of PA, NJ, & DE, I look forward to working with the city and our partners in the Philadelphia Neighborhood Growth Project to ensure every neighborhood grows stronger.  I know we can do great things together.”

Shalimar Thomas, Executive Director of the North Broad Renaissance
“The North Broad Renaissance is excited to support the Mayor’s pro-growth strategy. With nearly 40% of North Broad residents earning less than $15,000 a year, it’s important that we partner on initiatives like the Philadelphia Neighborhood Growth Project, and work collaboratively with other leaders to change this narrative along North Broad Street and throughout Philadelphia.”