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.
- Statement of Purpose
- Campaign Elements
- What We’ve Learned
- Contributing Sponsors
- Pledge Form
- Social Media
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 report here.
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
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 Owners & Managers Association
Central Philadelphia Development Corporation
Chilean and American Chamber of Commerce of Greater Philadelphia
Committee of Seventy
Economy League of Greater Philadelphia
The Enterprise Center
Episcopal Community Services
Friends of Ogden Park
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
Mayor’s Commission on Literacy
Office of City Commissioner Stephanie Singer, City of Philadelphia
Philadelphia Commission on Human Relations
Philadelphia Museum of Art
Philadelphia Opportunities Industrialization Center
Philadelphia School Partnership
Roberts Event Group, Inc.
Steamfitters Local 420
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
Welcoming Center for New Pennsylvanians
Young Professionals Network
July 31, 2014: Officially launch the Roadmap for Growth
September — December 2014: Conduct Listening Tours across Philadelphia
November 2014: Issue Forum
January 2015: Issue Forum
March 2015: Issue Forum
April 2015: Mayoral Primary Debate
Fall 2015: Produce Final Roadmap for Growth for the newly-elected Mayor of Philadelphia
Please check back for updates to the Roadmap calendar as the campaign moves forward.