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NOW OPEN: Call For Ideas for Innovative Workforce Solutions

The Department of Commerce is seeking proposals that identify innovative, evidence-informed approaches to supporting under- and un-employed Philadelphians prepare for—and connect to—sustainable career pathways that pay a living wage.

Proposals must clearly identify how funding would be used to address workforce challenges brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic and/or exacerbated by long-standing racial injustice.

Learn more, including how to apply, here. The deadline to apply is October 28, 2020 at 3 p.m.

Minority Enterprise Development (MED) Week Is Virtual This Year!

On Monday, October 5, the City’s Office of Economic Opportunity (OEO) will kick off the 36th annual Minority Enterprise Development (MED) Week, which highlights minority businesses and the resources that help them grow. This year’s MED Week, October 5-9, will be entirely virtual, with a series of engaging events and activities to help support minority businesses in Philadelphia.

Learn more, including how to sign up for events.

Join the Fire Department as a paramedic!

The Philadelphia Fire Department is hiring certified paramedics for one of the busiest EMS systems in the nation. In addition to providing excellent emergency medical care, the ideal candidates will be able to comfort patients; reassure family, friends and bystanders; and cooperate with fire and police officials. Paramedics in the PFD earn between $56,227 – $85,901 per year (effective July 1, 2020), with opportunities for overtime and promotions. The Fire Department’s motto is “Dedication + Service,” and members live those values every day in the City of Philadelphia. Questions? Look at our FAQs.

Apply now! The application period closes October 16.

New accelerated plan review fees now in effect as program resumes.

Effective Monday, August 10, 2020, L&I will reinstate the accelerated plan review program. The accelerated plan review program provides eligible permit applications to be completed within 5 business days.

Standard reviews are currently reviewed within 15 business days.

The accelerated plan review fees have increased to $2000 for building or combination permit reviews and $1050 for all other permit types. $350 is due when you apply and the remainder must be paid once permit is approved.

To apply, fill out an Accelerated Plan Review application and submit with your permit application.

 

 

Upcoming events

  • Sep
    12
    Clean Air Council Greenfest Philly
    All Day
    Series of Digital Events

    Clean Air Council Greenfest Philly

    September 12, 2020
    All Day
    Series of Digital Events
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    2020 marks the Clean Air Council's 15th annual Greenfest Philly and also the first ever completely virtual Greenfest on September 12-27th! Taking place over a 16-day period, Greenfest will continue to give environmentally conscious individuals in Philadelphia and beyond a chance to interact with climate leaders and experts, providing even greater access to a community of like-minded people, businesses and groups.

    You can find read more in a blog post announcing the 2020 Virtual Greenfest here. 

  • Sep
    14
    Physicians for Social Responsibility Clean Energy and Health Conference
    All Day
    Digital Event

    Physicians for Social Responsibility Clean Energy and Health Conference

    September 14, 2020
    All Day
    Digital Event
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    Please join Physicians for Social Responsibility (PSR) Pennsylvania and Earth Quaker Action Team (EQAT) September 14 - 28 for their virtual conference on Clean Energy and Health.


    This is a Nearly Carbon-Neutral Conference* where all presentations will be pre-recorded and available to view on-demand. By registering, you will be able to participate in a Q&A with the presenters via online comments throughout the two weeks.

    Click here for details and registration.
  • Sep
    23
    Philadelphia Environmental Film Festival
    All Day
    Digital Event

    Philadelphia Environmental Film Festival

    September 23, 2020
    All Day
    Digital Event
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    Taking place September 23-27th, the Philadelphia Environmental Film Festival is happening digitally this year!

    More information and registration here.

  • Sep
    21
    Lookout for Lanternfly
    7:00 am to 7:00 pm
    Wissahickon Environmental Center- Tree House

    Lookout for Lanternfly

    September 21, 2020
    7:00 am to 7:00 pm, 2 weeks
    Wissahickon Environmental Center- Tree House
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    Stop by the Tree House before your hike to borrow a fly swatter from our kiosk. If you see a lanternfly, kill it. The Spotted Lanternfly is an invasive planthopper that is destroying trees and vines throughout our region. With no predator, their population is rapidly growing.

    This NOT an in-person event with Tree House educators, but rather a call for visitors to get grab a flyswatter on their way to the trails, and help us to control the spread of the spotted lanternfly. We look forward to the day when we can hunt lanternflies together or not at all because they are gone. Until then, we hope you are enjoying your days outdoors.

    Please observe all Park rules and CDC guideline, use common sense, and have fun.

    Questions? Email us at WEC@phila.gov

    https://www.facebook.com/events/425934591714234/
  • Sep
    27
    Parks on Tap @ FDR Park
    12:00 pm to 10:00 pm
    Parks on Tap - FDR Park

    Parks on Tap @ FDR Park

    September 27, 2020
    12:00 pm to 10:00 pm, 10 hours
    Parks on Tap - FDR Park
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    We are so grateful to the City of Philadelphia for working with us as we create safe areas for people to enjoy, while also giving back to their city's parks. We now feel comfortable in our safety practices and are putting this originally mobile beer garden back in drive... and parking in a new location at FDR Park!

    Parks on Tap previously would be located at the beautiful Gazebo overlooking Edgewood Lake. New for the 2020 season, the mobile beer garden will be located across from the public access golf course! Parks on Tap will be occupying over 50,000 square feet for guests to have ample space to enjoy the all of the natural resources, including fields and lakes, that F.D.R. Park has to offer!

    Similar to our other locations this season, we will adapt to social distancing rules in order to keep patrons and employees safe, as well as other additional cleaning measures, ability for contact tracing, and other measures as prescribed by the City of Philadelphia and State of Pennsylvania.

    We are excited to be accessible to another community of Philadelphia this season and invite you to join us opening weekend at FDR Park starting Friday, August 28th (weather permitting).

    HOURS: Wed - Fri: 4pm - 10pm, Sat & Sun: 12pm - 10pm
    DAILY SIGN-IN: https://www.parksontap.com/signin (helps us with contact tracing.)
    SAFETY: Face masks are required to enter and must be worn while walking around Parks on Tap. They may be removed while sitting and enjoying the Park.

    Parks on Tap is Philadelphia’s beer garden that gives back! A partnership between Philadelphia Parks & Recreation and FCM Hospitality, Parks on Tap was created to be a traveling beer garden throughout the city's various, beautiful parks all summer long. Proceeds from Parks on Tap benefit the Fairmount Park Conservancy.

    Must be 21 to enter. All guests under the age of 21 must be accompanied by a legal guardian. Dogs welcome. You can also visit us this season at our Fairmount Water Works location, which will remain open. For more details about Parks on Tap visit our website: parksontap.com

    https://www.facebook.com/events/630176964562092/?event_time_id=630177111228744

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