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Reflecting on Roadmap 2017

Posted Wednesday, August 2nd, 2017

Frontpage 1, home-inthenews-1, Action Teams, Roadmap for Growth

Formerly a campaign focused on economic growth and reducing the poverty rate, Roadmap for Growth has evolved into one of the Chamber’s Action Teams this year with a full-fledged steering committee (led by Co-Chairs David L. Cohen, Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer, Comcast, and Pedro A. Ramos, President and CEO, The Philadelphia Foundation) and subcommittees focused on neighborhood economic growth, vulnerable populations, and education.

This year, the Chamber’s Roadmap for Growth Action Team convened leaders from the business, nonprofit, civic and government sectors around three issue forums. Rather than meeting in Center City, we took Roadmap out to Philadelphia’s neighborhoods, encouraging cross-functional collaboration across the sectors that resulted in valuable takeaways.

Slow and steady growth can lead to urban renewal

Collaborative conversations necessitate viewpoints from all parties. During Scaling Success in Philadelphia’s Neighborhoods the business community was challenged to think of what value low-income neighborhoods could bring to their business. Recommendations included taking a risk on new business owners, teaching people how to develop properties, and advocating for the many resources available to connect potential business owners to community assets.

Immigrant entrepreneurship can have a tremendous impact on local communities

Many at the Impact of Immigrant Entrepreneurship shared their stories on mentorship, self-employment and dealing with difficult immigration-related processes. The importance of capital can coincide with the desire to help communities. Recommendations included reaching out to isolated communities to stimulate immigrant entrepreneurial growth and engaging new business owners as soon as possible.

STEM can uplift neighborhoods with a more inclusive approach

Science, technology, engineering and math, also known as STEM, can provide economic opportunity for Philadelphia’s residents. At Empowering Our Neighborhoods Through STEM Expansion, attendees explored ways to grow our city’s technology ecosystem with a more inclusive workforce. Recommendations included thinking more broadly about STEM and its myriad of job positions available, engaging youth as soon as possible, collaborating with the business community on school curriculum, and tapping into the creativity the arts can provide.

A special thanks to our Roadmap Co-Chairs David L. Cohen, Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer, Comcast and Pedro A. Ramos, President and CEO, The Philadelphia Foundation for leading the efforts to a sustainable Philadelphia and to our speakers:

  • Jude Arijaje, President, Minuteman Press
  • Charlie Brennan, Chief Information Officer, City of Philadelphia
  • James R. Burnett, Executive Director, West Philadelphia Financial Services Institution
  • Marc Coleman, President & Chief Executive Officer, The Tactile Group
  • Michael Cooper, Senior Vice President / Regional Director of Public Affairs, MidStates, Citizens Bank
  • Harold Epps, Commerce Director, City of Philadelphia
  • Christopher J. Holliday, P.E., Senior Vice President, STV Incorporated
  • Beatriz Mirabal Garces, Owner, Garces Dental Group & Founder, The Garces Foundation
  • Mariella Giovannucci, President, Fante’s
  • Maria Gonzalez, President and CEO, HACE
  • Loraine Ballard Morrill, News & Community Affairs Director, iHeartMedia
  • Yasmine Mustafa, CEO, ROAR
  • Joanna Otero-Cruz, Deputy Managing Director for Community Services, City of Philadelphia
  • Skip Schwarzman, CRO/Owner, Feast Your Eyes, Inc.
  • Tiffanie Stanard, Founder & CEO, Stimulus
  • Nora Swimm, Senior Vice President – Corporate Client Services, PJM
  • Stephen S. Tang, President, University City Science Center
  • Ken Weinstein, President, Philly Office Retail & Founder, Jumpstart Germantown
  • Christopher Wink, Editorial Director, Technical.ly

And thank you to Front and Palmer in South Kensington, Fleisher Art Memorial in South Philadelphia, and the University City Science Center’s Quorum in University City for hosting us.

We’re gearing up for Roadmap 2018. Join us at this year’s first issue forum on September 22 and our first-ever conference on October 31.

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