On January 4, 2016, Jim Kenney was sworn in as the 99th Mayor of Philadelphia. In his first budget, Mayor Kenney worked closely with City Council to fund bold anti-poverty initiatives. The initiatives included the expansion of quality pre-k through PHLpreK; the creation of community schools; and investing in parks, recreation centers, and libraries through Rebuild Philadelphia. These initiatives were possible because Philadelphia became the first major city to pass a tax on sweetened beverages.
During his second term, the Kenney administration focused its efforts on responding to the global COVID-19 pandemic and continuing to strengthen every neighborhood by focusing on:
- Improving educational opportunities and outcomes for all of Philadelphia’s children.
- Investing in public spaces and programs so that every community can thrive.
- Improving public safety for all Philadelphians while treating residents with respect and dignity.
- Operating government efficiently and effectively while improving our City’s financial health.
- Developing a diverse, inclusive, and responsive City workforce to meet the needs of all its residents, businesses, and communities.
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A lifelong Philadelphian, Mayor Jim Kenney grew up the oldest of four children in a South Philadelphia rowhome. On January 4, 2016, Jim was sworn in as the 99th Mayor of Philadelphia. Since 2016, he has championed bold anti-poverty initiatives, including the expansion of free, quality pre-K; the creation of Community Schools; and the historic investment of hundreds of millions of dollars in parks, recreation centers, playgrounds, and libraries — all because Philadelphia became the first major city in the U.S. to pass a tax on sugary drinks. The Administration successfully led the return of the School District to local control, and continues to defend Philadelphia’s values as a Welcoming City while making significant strides in criminal justice reform. Now in his second term, Jim is focused on advancing racial justice and driving an equitable economic recovery from COVID-19 to ensure that Philadelphia is a city that works for all.