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Office of Business Development and Workforce Solutions

The Office of Business Development and Workforce Solutions works to attract international and domestic companies. It also supports the expansion of those already in Philadelphia. This includes convening workforce partners for job opportunities across all business sectors.

Business attraction and retention

Philadelphia possesses the key ingredients any company needs to support its long-term growth. Business development staff provide information and resources to companies looking to start, expand, or relocate to the city.

We aim to position Philadelphia as a global destination across all business sectors while growing as a 24-hour city. The work portfolio represents key industries, including:

  • Life sciences.
  • Advanced manufacturing and logistics.
  • Creative economy.
  • Strategic tech initiatives.
  • Foreign direct investment.
  • Trade opportunities.

International business

Philadelphia invites businesses from around the world to explore the benefits of our city. The Department of Commerce has a team dedicated to supporting international businesses.

Services include:

  • Attracting and retaining businesses.
  • Supporting export and global expansion for Philadelphia businesses.
  • Hosting inbound and outbound delegations.

Workforce solutions

Workforce solutions staff convene workforce organizations to prepare Philadelphians for family-sustaining job opportunities in all business sectors. They also provide employer incentives.

This unit works to build a workforce system that is more coordinated, innovative, and effective. The work aims to address poverty, the talent needs of employers, and to grow the economy.

Workforce Professional Alliance

The Workforce Professional Alliance (WPA) is a partnership of 24 workforce development organizations committed to increasing access to career readiness programs for Philadelphians. The WPA works to connect, advocate, and drive the impact of workforce development services in Philadelphia.

To learn more about the WPA or apply for membership, contact the workforce solutions team at