Mayor proposed Fiscal Year 2022 Budget and Five Year Plan, charting a course for Philadelphia beyond COVID-19. This budget focuses on providing core services, maintaining Philadelphia's long-term fiscal health, reducing racial disparities among residents, and advancing equitable outcomes for all. These are the City of Philadelphia FY22 investments to create a safer and more just city.
The City and PIDC announced that a total of 914 small businesses have been selected to receive $12 million from the Philadelphia COVID-19 Restaurant and Gym Relief Program, with over 50 percent going to minority-owned businesses and more than one-third going to women-owned businesses.
The City, along with its workforce and economic development partners Philadelphia Works and PIDC, announced a renewed commitment to advance equitable workforce development opportunities and align resources to lift Philadelphians out of poverty, including a $1 million investment in innovative workforce solutions that address workforce challenges brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic and exacerbated by long-standing racial injustice.
On January 27, 2021, Mayor Jim Kenney signed Executive Order 2-21, which made two changes to the list of City Holidays. The City of Philadelphia will once again recognize Juneteenth (June 19) as a holiday; and, for the first time, the City holiday celebrated on the second Monday of October will be recognized as Indigenous Peoples’ Day rather than Columbus Day. These changes, instituted via Executive Order 2-21, will be in place at least through the end of the Kenney administration.
The City and PIDC announced the Philadelphia COVID-19 Restaurant and Gym Relief Program, a $12 million grant program from the City and PIDC designed to provide financial relief to small businesses that were among the most adversely affected by the latest round of pandemic-related restrictions enacted in November 2020. Priority will be given to businesses that are located in high poverty areas or on neighborhood commercial corridors, are minority-, woman-, or disabled-owned, provide jobs to Philadelphians, or suffered damage in 2020 due to civil unrest.