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Member Perspective: William R. Sasso, Esq.

Posted Friday, September 8th, 2017

Member Submitted, Select Greater Philadelphia Council

Guest Commentator: William R. Sasso, Esq., Chairman, Select Greater Philadelphia Council @SelectPHL; Chairman, Stradley Ronon @StradleyRonon

Why is business attraction work important to a region’s success?

Greater Philadelphia is recognized as one of the most competitive locations to do business. Our community offers everything that a company could ask for: a centralized location at the heart of the vast Northeast market, a thriving economy, a robust transportation infrastructure and a dynamic talent pool generated from the more than 100 colleges and universities within our region.

In addition to these assets, a region needs a voice that markets this information to the rest of the world. That’s where the Chamber’s Select Greater Philadelphia Council (Select) comes in.

Select is strengthening our business community by positively positioning our assets, welcoming prospective businesses, and convening business and civic leaders—ultimately attracting commerce to our region.  We tell the powerful story of Greater Philadelphia as a global leader—in business, education, life sciences, health care, innovation, entrepreneurism, and more—inspiring businesses large and small from around the world to make our community their home.

We deliver on our mission by focusing on four key areas: marketing and communications, business expansions services, connector and collaborative services, and research services.

To market the 11-county region, we develop and implement a wide range of communications, including advertising, media relations, online messaging, broadcast programming, and events that bring partners and prospects together.

We provide expansion services to companies by advising, guiding, and connecting. Our approach is consultative and informative; we stay connected with the project along the way, providing introductions where needed and offering resolutions to help advance the opportunities.

As companies explore their expansion plans across northern Delaware, southern New Jersey and southeastern Pennsylvania, we help connect them with economic development teams, real estate professionals, business experts, civic and community leaders, and others who help move plans and ideas from concept to reality.

And our research team provides comprehensive data to help companies make informed decisions about how Greater Philadelphia fits with their needs.

As Chairman of Select Greater Philadelphia, I have seen how this organization has been a vital part of the growth of our community. Since its inception, Select has engaged just over 1,800 projects and directly helped 128 companies establish operations here. These results have created just over 5,000 direct new jobs and thousands more indirect jobs.

There has never been a better time to establish and grow a business in Greater Philadelphia.  Learn more about the efforts of our Select Greater Philadelphia Council, and you too will appreciate the impact our business attraction work has had on our neighborhood, and why businesses large and small from around the world are making our community their home.

Want to get involved? Join Select on October 19 at Welcome to Greater Philadelphia, an annual programming welcoming newly relocated executives to our community. For more info and to register: chamberphl.com/welcometoPHL17

The Chamber’s Select Greater Philadelphia Council is strengthening our business community by shaping and communicating the narrative that positively positions our assets, welcomes prospective businesses, and convenes business and civic leaders—ultimately attracting commerce to our region. Learn more at SelectGreaterPHL.com.


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