What we do
On January 4, 2016, Jim Kenney was sworn in as the 99th Mayor of Philadelphia. In his first budget, the Mayor worked closely with City Council to fund bold anti-poverty initiatives. The initiatives included the expansion of quality pre-k, the creation of community schools, and investing in parks, rec centers, and libraries. These initiatives were possible because Philadelphia became the first major city to pass a tax on sweetened beverages.
The Mayor’s Office works to strengthen every neighborhood by focusing on:
- Improving educational opportunities and outcomes for all of Philadelphia’s children.
- Improving economic opportunities for all Philadelphians.
- Improving public safety for all Philadelphians while treating residents with respect and dignity.
- Operating government efficiently and effectively.
- Developing a diverse workforce that looks like Philadelphia.
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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.