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Roadmap for Growth

The Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce is spearheading an important campaign to have a dialogue about economic growth issues, job creation and the election for Mayor of Philadelphia. It’s called the Roadmap for Growth for the City of Philadelphia: 2015 — 2020.

Read the Roadmap’s newly released report here

Read the latest news on on the Roadmap here.

Statement of Purpose

The purpose of the Roadmap for Growth campaign is to build upon the leadership successes of Mayor Nutter and the current members of City Council and to capture new ideas from public and private sector thought leaders that can inform the candidates in the 2015 elections for Mayor of Philadelphia and City Council.

The campaign will seek to develop a growth agenda for the city that promotes job creation and economic prosperity through 2020.

The members of the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce, the campaign sponsors, and our civic and community partners will engage early and often over the next 18 months with our local leaders and with the candidates for Mayor and City Council in a variety of forums to identify opportunities for economic growth and to build consensus on strategies that the new Mayor and members of City Council can pursue in 2016 soon after they are sworn in.

Campaign Elements

  1. Producing a fact-based economic and demographic inventory of the state of Philadelphia’s economy. The analysis conducted for this study was done by Econsult Solutions, Inc., a local economic consulting firm. The lead economist contributing to the study is Dr. Bernard E. Anderson, the former Whitney M. Young, Jr. Professor of Management at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. This fact-based study represents an inventory of key economic indicators that will inform public policy makers and aid them in developing a plan for prosperity for the future.
  2. Hosting a Listening Tour of meetings in neighborhoods throughout Philadelphia. During the fall of 2014, the Chamber, along with the campaign’s community and business partners, will work with members of City Council to host meetings with neighborhood and civic leaders to devise new ways of supporting small business growth, investing in community revitalization and creating new job opportunities for the city’s residents. The Listening Tours will present a novel opportunity for community leaders to share their ideas about the best ways to promote job creation and economic growth throughout the city.
  3. Conducting Issue Forums this fall and early next year, providing thought leaders, labor, business, and community leaders, and the candidates for Mayor and City Council, with the opportunity to hold dynamic discussions of ideas designed to promote economic growth and job creation in Philadelphia. A Mayoral Debate will be held before the May 2015 Primary to engage the mayoral candidates about the best policies to promote growth, create jobs, and provide opportunity for businesses and citizens.
  4. Publishing a final report outlining the “Must Do” agenda for the Mayor and City Council as they set priorities for their term beginning in 2016. The campaign will identify a team of private and public sector experts, who will be available to the newly-elected Mayor and next City Council to assist in implementing the strategies contained in the Roadmap for Growth report.

What We’ve Learned

The Chamber has completed a fact-based analysis of Philadelphia’s population, employment, income and enterprise. The analysis answers which industries are the fastest-growing, how has Philadelphia’s population shifted and in which areas should we focus on policy changes. Read the first report here.

On December 8, the Chamber released the Roadmap’s findings since the initiative’s launch in July. This document provides the beginnings for a shared policy agenda with Philadelphia’s new mayor and City Council. You can find that report here.

Contributing Sponsors


Partners in the Roadmap for Growth are organizations that support the campaign because they are invested in Philadelphia’s future and want to see its economy grow and create jobs in a way that will benefit the city and its citizens. Here are the current partners:

African American Chamber of Commerce

AIA Philadelphia

Arts & Business Council of Greater Philadelphia

Asian American Chamber of Commerce

Asociación Puertorriqueños en Marcha

Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia

Big Brothers Big Sisters, Southeastern Pennsylvania

British American Business Council of Greater Philadelphia

Building Industry Association of Philadelphia

Building Owners & Managers Association

C-Luxe Axiom

Campus Philly

Central Philadelphia Development Corporation

Chilean and American Chamber of Commerce of Greater Philadelphia

Coca-Cola Refreshments

Committee of Seventy

Cultureworks Greater Philadelphia

Drexel University

Economy League of Greater Philadelphia

The Enterprise Center

Entrepreneur Works

Episcopal Community Services

ESM Productions

Friends of Ogden Park

Girard Estates Area Residents (GEAR)

Graduate! Philadelphia

Greater Northeast Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce

Greater Philadelphia Association of Realtors

Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance

Greater Philadelphia Business Coalition on Health

Greater Philadelphia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

J. Egan & Associates, LLC

Lamm Realty Group

League of Women Voters of Philadelphia

Mayor’s Commission on Literacy

Mid-Atlantic-Eurasia Business Council

North Highland

Passyunk Square Civic Association

PennSERVE: The Governor’s Office of Citizen Service

Pennsylvania Bio

Philadelphia Commission on Human Relations

Philadelphia Museum of Art

Philadelphia Opportunities Industrialization Center

Philadelphia School Partnership

Professional Women’s Business Network

Queen Village Neighbors Association

Roberts Event Group, Inc.

Steamfitters Local 420

Spark Philadelphia

String Theory Schools

Third Century Initiative

United Bank of Philadelphia

United Way of Greater Philadelphia & Southern New Jersey

University City Science Center

University of Pennsylvania

Urban Affairs Coalition

Urban League of Philadelphia

Visit Philadelphia

Welcoming Center for New Pennsylvanians

Young Professionals Network

Pledge Form

To become a Partner in the Roadmap for Growth, please fill out this form and return to khagedorn@greaterphilachamber.com.


Upcoming Events:

Spring 2015: The Roadmap will host three policy forums to delve into topic areas discussed in the latest report.

Previous Events:

July 31, 2014: Officially launch the Roadmap for Growth

September — December 2014: Conducted Listening Tours across Philadelphia

November 2014:Issue Forum on Workforce Development, Wednesday, November 19th from 5:00-7:00 pm at Temple University

January 2015: Issue Forum on Improving Philadelphia’s Competitiveness, Wednesday, January 21 from 5:00-7:00 at WHYY Studios

March 2015: Issue Forum on Business Attraction and Innovation, Wednesday, March 4 from 8:00-10:00 am at the University of Pennsylvania.

Publish candidates’ answers to GPCC questions about growing Philadelphia’s economy

April 2015:2015 Mayoral Debate, Tuesday, April 7 at 6:00 pm

December 2015: The Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce highlighted the Roadmap for Growth campaign at a high-level breakfast with the Mayor-elect and present a shared policy agenda to spur economic growth and job creation in Philadelphia.

Please check back for updates to the Roadmap calendar as the campaign moves forward.

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