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Mayor Nutter Welcomes Delegation from Fankfurt, Philadelphia's New Sister City
Nov 17, 2015
Delegation of business and government officials led by Lord Mayor Peter Feldmann

PRESS RELEASE Philadelphia, November 10, 2015 – Mayor Michael A. Nutter will welcome a delegation from Frankfurt, Germany led by Lord Mayor Peter Feldmann to Philadelphia this week to celebrate the new Sister City relationship between Philadelphia and Frankfurt and to explore business and educational partnerships between the two cities. The Sister City relationship, Philadelphia’s first new Sister City in twenty-three years, was formally established at a ceremony in July 2015 in Frankfurt at which Mayor Nutter and Lord Mayor Feldmann signed the agreement.

Philadelphia names first World Heritage City in the US!
Nov 06, 2015
Philadelphia, November 6, 2015 – Mayor Michael A. Nutter, Alan Greenberger, Deputy Mayor for Economic Development and Commerce Director, and the Global Philadelphia Association announced that the City of Philadelphia has become the first World Heritage City in the United States, formally receiving the designation this evening through a vote taken by the XIII World Congress of the Organization of World Heritage Cities in Arequipa, Peru. The designation comes as the result of a two-year campaign and is expected to enhance the City’s international stature and provide a new growth engine to drive tourism and commerce in the region.

Commerce Seeks RFP for Creative Services
Oct 14, 2015
The Philadelphia Department of Commerce seeks proposals for creative services for the development of a publication to market the City of Philadelphia as a premier business location.

The goal is to create an updated strategic marketing piece which promotes Philadelphia as a highly desirable business location. The piece should stress Philadelphia’s unique value proposition: a diverse economy, a talented workforce, a strategic geographic location on the East Coast, and a high quality of life. City Officials will use the final product in the marketing of Philadelphia to business leaders and real estate professionals regionally, nationally, and internationally.

Proposals are due by October 25th.

Adaptimmune to Locate US Headquarters at Philadelphia Navy Yard
Oct 13, 2015
New facility will create more than 110 new jobs in Philadelphia

PRESS RELEASE, PHILADELPHIA: Alan Greenberger, Deputy Mayor for Economic Development, announced on behalf of Mayor Michael A. Nutter that British life sciences company Adaptimmune will locate its U.S. headquarters and Clinical and Manufacturing Operations at the Philadelphia Navy Yard. The 47,400-square-foot facility is being developed by Liberty Property Trust and Synterra Partners and will house a state-of-the-art manufacturing facility designed to support the clinical development and initial commercialization of Adaptimmune’s engineered immunotherapies for cancer.

“Adaptimmune’s decision to expand in Philadelphia is further evidence of our city’s reputation as a leading place for technology, innovation and life sciences,” said Alan Greenberger, Deputy Mayor for Economic Development. “Companies large and small from around the region, and increasingly around the world, are seeing Philadelphia as the place they need to be in order to attract talent, grow their business, and build their brands.”

Mayor Nutter, Deputy Mayor Greenberger Announce New Startup PHL Call for Ideas Awards
Oct 13, 2015
Announcement wraps up 10-day focus on startups and entrepreneurship in Philadelphia

PRESS RELEASE, PHILADELPHIA – Mayor Michael A. Nutter and Deputy Mayor for Economic Development Alan Greenberger announced a new round of Startup PHL Call for Ideas grants to organizations that provide programs and events to support entrepreneurship in Philadelphia. The announcement comes at the end of a series of events and announcements related to startups, innovation and entrepreneurship in Philadelphia, kicking off with Steve Case’s Rise of the Rest Tour last week and including the Forbes Under 30 Conference which concluded yesterday. The grants announced today help programs supporting a wide range of entrepreneurs across Philadelphia.

“Over the last week we have showcased our city’s startups and entrepreneurs to leaders from around the country and around the world, demonstrating that Philadelphia is one of America’s top startup cities,” said Mayor Nutter. “Increasingly, people are learning that Philadelphia has all of the raw ingredients necessary to start and grow exciting companies. I am confident that the attention our city receives will only continue to grow as more founders and entrepreneurs choose Philadelphia as their home city.”

The latest round of Startup PHL Call for Ideas grants provides funding to six organizations, bringing the total number of programs supported by this initiative to twenty.

ONED releases Storefront Improvement Program Impact Report
Oct 07, 2015
The Office of Neighborhood Economic Development released a report outlining the positive economic impact of the City's Storefront Improvement Program. The Storefront Improvement Program provides an incentive to owners of commercial buildings and businesses, on designated commercial corridors, to make improvements to their storefronts and building facades. The program reimburses up to 50% of the cost of eligible improvements, to a maximum of $10,000 for a single commercial property or up to $15,000 for a multiple-address or corner commercial property. The City’s intent is to encourage well-designed façade improvements to make the targeted commercial corridors more attractive to customers, employees and other businesses in order to grow their vitality and economic performance.

Jobs Commission releases 2014 Jobs Report
Sep 29, 2015
The report covers employment information from 2007 to 2014, providing an overview of the economic development programs that the City runs to support small businesses and entrepreneurs throughout Philadelphia. It highlights the progress and impact that the City and its partner agencies have made within commercial corridors throughout Philadelphia.

Get the full report HERE.
NOTICE: Modified JFK Concourse Hours During the Papal Visit
Sep 21, 2015
PLEASE NOTE, due to the World Meeting of Families and Papal Visit activities, the L&I Concourse and Boards of Appeal will be closed from 3:30 PM on Wednesday September 23rd and will reopen at 8:00 AM on Tuesday September 29th.

Additionally, the Concourse usually closes early on the last Wednesday of the month, but will remain open until 3:30 on Wednesday September 30th.

For general L & I information please contact (215) 686-2400.
Philadelphia Minority Enterprise Development (MED) Week Oct 1 - Oct 8
Sep 11, 2015
On October 1, Philadelphia business and community leaders will kick off the 31st Philadelphia Minority Enterprise Development (MED) Week, which celebrates minority enterprises in the region and efforts to help minority businesses grow. For one week, business leaders from across the region will host various workshops focused around this year’s theme, PHL Center Stage: Building a Legacy of Opportunity. MED Week is chaired by the African-American Chamber of Commerce of PA, NJ & DE, The Asian American Chamber of Commerce of Greater Philadelphia, The City of Philadelphia Commerce Department, The Greater Philadelphia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and The Minority Business Development Agency, and concludes Thursday, October 8.


UPDATE: New events added! SEE the ADDITIONS
Axalta Coatings Systems to Locate Global Innovation Center at Philadelphia Navy Yard
Sep 10, 2015
September 9, 2015 - PRESS RELEASE

Mayor Michael A. Nutter joined Axalta Coating Systems Chairman and CEO Charlie Shaver, Pennsylvania Labor & Industry Secretary Kathy Manderino, Deputy Mayor for Economic Development Alan Greenberger and PIDC President John Grady to announce that Axalta Coating Systems will develop its Global Innovation Center at the Philadelphia Navy Yard. The 175,000-square-foot facility will be the hub of Axalta’s worldwide Research & Development (R&D) and will create 190 new jobs in Philadelphia by 2018.

“Axalta’s decision to expand in Philadelphia and bring its Global Innovation Center to The Navy Yard is further evidence of Philadelphia’s standing as one of the nation’s leading innovation hubs and a place for exciting businesses to start, stay and grow,” said Mayor Michael A. Nutter. “We were excited to welcome Axalta’s global headquarters to Philadelphia in 2013 and this additional presence, bringing almost 200 new jobs by 2018, is signal of the company’s commitment to our city.”

City of Philadelphia Releases FY2014 Annual Disparity Study, Comes Closer to 30% Goal Set Last Year
Aug 24, 2015
Mayor Michael A. Nutter announced the release of the Fiscal Year (FY) 2014 Annual Disparity Study that analyzes the utilization of Minority, Women and Disabled Owned Business Enterprises (M/W/DBEs) on City contracts and the availability of these businesses across the region. The study, conducted by Econsult Solutions, Inc. and Milligan & Company, LLC., found that in FY 2014 the City awarded $267 million to M/W/DSBEs representing 29% of the contracts for which the Office of Economic Opportunity (OEO) reported having M/W/DSBEs available to service the City. This is an increase of $23 million dollars and one percentage point over FY 2013 totals, when the City increased its M/W/DSBE participation goal from 25% to 30%.


Commerce opens Business Services Center for questions related to Papal visit
Aug 18, 2015
As of Monday, August 17, the Department of Commerce activated a Business Resource Center to provide information to Philadelphia businesses on how the World Meeting of Families and Papal Visit will impact their employees and operations. Businesses may call the hotline (215-683-2100) Monday to Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and can also submit questions to Businesses should use this service if their questions are not answered by first visiting the City’s Papal Visit Information Center ( where information will be updated on a regular basis.
Commerce Seeks Motivated Executive Assistant
May 15, 2015
Join the Commerce team! The Office of Economic Opportunity is looking for a motivated individual with either a Bachelors Degree or 2 - 4 years of experience at as executive level administrative support. The ideal candidate will:
  • Work independently or within a group.
  • Be a problem solver and apply those skills to daily administrative task.
  • Communicate effectively, both in writing and in speaking, with customers, co-workers, and other City personnel.
  • Work strategically under time constraints and deadlines.
  • Provide excellent customer service.
Get the full details. Application deadline is May 26, 2015. 
Kiva Zip Philadelphia is Recruiting!
May 12, 2015
Kiva is actively seeking skilled individuals to make meaningful contributions to community based economic development in Philadelphia and across the United States.

Kiva Fellows have a unique opportunity to witness the realities of microfinance firsthand by working directly with community members and stakeholders to facilitate the growth of Kiva Zip.

This extremely selective position is for a minimum of 16 weeks. Deadline to apply is June 5th.

Get the full Job Description.
Funding Available for Festivals on Commercial Corridors in 2015
Apr 28, 2015
The Department of Commerce is accepting applications for $5,000-$10,000 grants to support festivals taking place on neighborhood commercial corridors in 2015. The intention is to provide necessary financial support to allow community organizations to hold events that have a proven ability to bring activity to commercial corridors and generate economic benefits for community businesses.

Applicant organizations must be a community based nonprofit organization, such as a CDC, BID, or Business Association, or a nonprofit organization working in partnership with such a community based organization. The criteria for selecting the festivals that will receive grants includes:
  • Density of commercial corridor.
  • Benefit to small businesses in Philadelphia.
  • Expectation of at least 15,000 attendees.
  • Feasibility of timeline and budget.

Get more information and the application
Notification of Grant Opportunity for ASEZ and NCEZ
Apr 21, 2015
Competitive gap financing now available for commercial and industrial real estate projects in in the American Street Empowerment Zones and the North Central Empowerment Zones

The Philadelphia Department of Commerce and the American Street Empowerment Zone (ASEZ) and North Central Empowerment Zone (NCEZ) Community Trust Boards are pleased to announce the Neighborhood Economic Development Impact Grants (NEDIG) Request for Proposals (RFP) for the ASEZ and NCEZ.

The NEDIG funding is a competitive RFP process for interested non-profit and for-profit developers providing gap financing for commercial or industrial real estate development projects. Projects must be new construction or substantial rehabilitation of a vacant building to be eligible (residential projects are not eligible). Development projects must be located within the NCEZ or ASEZ boundaries and show an impact to the neighborhood.

An RFP briefing will take place:

10:00 AM Wednesday, April 22nd
1515 Arch Street, 18th Floor
City Planning Conference Room 18-029

Find maps of the Empowerment Zones and r ead the complete RFPs HERE.

For more information contact Aiisha G. Herring-Miller, Director of Economic Development Zones, at 215.683.2152 or
Office of Manufacturing and Industry Releases 2015 Annual Report
Mar 31, 2015
When the Mayor’s Manufacturing Task Force was created in 2013, the overarching goal was to provide our city with an industry-led roadmap and actionable recommendations for improving Philadelphia’s competitiveness and address barriers that inhibit growth in the sector. Fulfilling the first tangible outcome of the plan, the Philadelphia Department of Commerce convened the Philadelphia Manufacturing Working Group in early 2014, a committee of staff from partner entities in the public and nonprofit sectors, to begin implementing the strategy. The Office of Manufacturing & Industry was created soon after to manage this ongoing process and direct policy on behalf of the city’s industrial sector.

After a year of work we are pleased to present this Annual Progress Report detailing the many steps taken to support and grow manufacturing in Philadelphia. Exciting things are happening: new lines of capital are available for small companies to grow; significant business tax reform and relief took effect this calendar year; and the School District of Philadelphia will launch the Center for Advanced Manufacturing & Engineering, a public magnet high school that will teach manufacturing design and process, in the fall of 2015.

Read the complete report HERE.
Office of Neighborhood Development Seeks a Program Manager
Mar 31, 2015
The Department of Commerce Office of Neighborhood Economic Development (ONED) identifies and develops programs to invest in economic development opportunities in Philadelphia neighborhoods. The Program Manager is an integral part of the unit with the responsibility to manage funding awards, relationships and contracts for performance of economic development work in the City of Philadelphia. This person reports to the Senior Manager of CDC Programs within the Office of Neighborhood Economic Development.

Get the full job description and application details HERE.
Commerce Seeks Motivated Communications Fellow
Mar 23, 2015
The Philadelphia Department of Commerce seeks a part-time Fellow to assist the department over a four to six month period to support the Department’s communication efforts to the business community. This opportunity is a paid position. The ideal candidate will:
  • Be a recent graduate or enrolled in a communications, graphic design, marketing, or related creative program 
  • Be available a minimum of 12 hours per week
  • Have social media management experience in a professional or volunteer capacity
  • Demonstrate proficiency in layout and design for print and web
  • Demonstrate an ability to write concisely and layout documents that can be easily understood by a general audience
  • Have experience managing WordPress websites (or similar content management systems), Constant Contact (or similar email marketing platform), and Hootsuite
  • Proficiency with Prezi preferred
  • Proficiency in HTML preferred
  • Have a strong desire to work on a team that makes a difference to businesses in Philadelphia
Get the full job description and application details HERE
Mayor Nutter Celebrates 35 Years of Economic Opportunity, Releases 2014 Annual Report
Mar 19, 2015
The Fiscal Year 2014 Annual Report details 29.4% minority participation rate, Mayor Nutter increases goal from 25% to 30%

Philadelphia, March 20, 2015: Mayor Michael A. Nutter announced the release of the Office of Economic Opportunity (OEO) Fiscal Year 2014 Annual Participation Report which represents an in-depth analysis of for-profit contracts awarded by the City of Philadelphia to Minority, Women and Disabled Owned Business Enterprises (M/W/DSBEs) and a review of the impact of Economic Opportunity Plans on public, private and non-profit construction projects. In Fiscal Year 2014 the City and Quasi-Public Agencies awarded M/W/DSBEs $266.5 million in contracts which represent 29.4% participation and an increase over the $243 million awarded for the previous fiscal year. Mayor Nutter announced the first increase of the minority participation goal in more than 30 years, increasing the goal from 25% to 30% of City contracts.

Read the FY 2014 Annual Report HERE

Read A Summary of Economic Opportunity Plans HERE

Watch a video of the Press Conference.