The Congressional delegation of the Greater Philadelphia region joined the CEO Council for Growth (CEO Council) at Drexel University in West Philadelphia on March 6, 2017 for its annual meeting to discuss policy issues related to infrastructure, talent and innovation. Over 70 business, civic and higher education leaders from the Greater Philadelphia region convened with Members of Congress in order to strengthen the region’s voice in Washington, D.C. Among those in attendance were:
- Senator Thomas R. Carper (D–DE),
- Senator Chris Coons (D–DE),
- Senator Patrick J. Toomey (R–PA),
- Congressman Ryan Costello (R–PA),
- Congressman Charlie Dent (R–PA),
- Congressman Dwight Evans (D–PA),
- Congressman Brian Fitzpatrick (R–PA),
- Congressman Patrick Meehan (R–PA),
- Congressman Donald Norcross (D–NJ),
- Congressman Bill Shuster (R–PA), and
- Congressman Lloyd K. Smucker (R–PA).
The Chamber’s CEO Council for Growth leads our region forward by envisioning a stronger, more competitive community, convening decision makers, taking action, and advocating for policies and practices that strengthen our regional economy. This team of devoted business, higher education, and civic leaders reaches across our 11-county Greater Philadelphia community.
Monday’s gathering ensured advocacy between leaders in Greater Philadelphia and Congressional Members for the federal support necessary to provide the region with a strong competitive advantage, with the ultimate goal of enhancing the economic strength of the tristate area.
Much of the meeting provided a shared dialogue between business leadership and Members of Congress on key reforms currently considered on Capitol Hill which include taxes and regulations, health care, higher education and infrastructure.
“There has never been a more important time for business and our elected representatives at the federal, state and local level to work together on a shared agenda,” said Drexel University President and Chamber Chair John Fry. “At Drexel, and at the Chamber of Commerce for Greater Philadelphia, we are working to ensure that everything we do revolves around the priorities of growth, innovation and inclusion.”
The meeting expanded on the CEO Council’s regional mobility priorities, which focus on the need for critical infrastructure investment. These investments would expand use of the region’s multimodal nodes, highways, bridges, transit, ports, inter-city passenger rail, and international airport necessary to accommodate and accelerate the region’s outstanding development.
Successful regions articulate a strategic portfolio of interconnecting transportation projects with an aligned leadership voice in order to secure investments that transform their future. With this in mind, the CEO Council has developed a working draft of a clear and succinct investment portfolio that supports and accelerates the growth of Greater Philadelphia’s knowledge and innovation economy, strengthens and expands the flow of goods and cargo and increasingly connects the region to the globe.
The draft portfolio applies accepted regional principles to a benefit analysis in order to identify key infrastructure investments within four project portfolio areas. Using this strategic package, the CEO Council will advocate for funding and implementation of projects that will achieve Greater Philadelphia’s vision of becoming a truly global region.
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