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The Development Workshop is a collection of businesses and individuals who are committed to promoting development and the healthy growth of Philadelphia's economy. Together, we advocate for policies that contribute to vibrant communities throughout the region.

The Development Workshop is a Pennsylvania not-for-profit 501(c)(6) trade organization. Our members benefit from:

Monthly Membership Networking Breakfasts

​Members meet each month to discuss planning, zoning and development issues and address challenges facing Philadelphia and the region.

Access to Off-The-Record Conversations about Development

Our monthly meetings include elected officials, senior level policymakers and agency heads presenting to the Workshop membership and taking questions in a small group setting. Some of our past speakers have included:​​

Ed Rendell
Former Governor of Pennsylvania

William R. Hite, Jr., Ed.D. 

Superintendent of the School District of Philadelphia

Al Taubenberger

Councilman At-Large

Philadelphia City Council

Jim Kenney

Mayor of the City of Philadelphia

Anne Fadullon

Director of Planning and Development, City of Philadelphia

Alan Domb

Councilman At-Large

Philadelphia City Council

Darrell Clarke

Philadelphia City Council President

Harold Epps

Director of Commerce, City of Philadelphia

Vaughn Ross

Deputy Chief of Staff to the Mayor; Amazon Bid Team Lead

Rob Wonderling

President and CEO, Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce

Paul Sehnert

Director of Real Estate Development, University of Pennsylvania

Keith Orris

Senior Vice President for Corporate Relations & Economic Development, Drexel University

The Development Workshop Committees:

  • Policy CommitteeThe Development Workshop's Policy Committee meets regularly to share information, formulate policy positions that best represent the interests of our members, and collaborate on advocacy efforts.

  • Membership Committee: Currently meets on the first Tuesday of the month at 3:00 p.m. Chairs: Matt Morgan and Mark Celoni

  • Programming Committee: Currently meets on the second Monday of the month at 2:30 p.m. Chairs: Charles Moleski and Peter Angelides

  • DEI Committee: Currently meets on the third Tuesday of the month at 8:30 a.m. Chair: Robert Bright


Networking Opportunities

Our members represent a diverse group of industries. Many of our members are also part of Urban Land Institute (ULI), Building Industry Association of Philadelphia (BIA), Building Owners & Managers Association of Philadelphia (BOMA), and Homeowners Association of Philadelphia (HAPCO). Developers, lenders, architects, investors, lawyers, economists, engineers, city planners and more come together at Workshop meetings.

Curated News Clips

Members receive weekly updates with the most important news about the projects, people and policies driving local development.


Our membership fees are inclusive, and the Development Workshop does not charge members for any of our events or activities throughout the year. We do not collect or share information about our members with any outside organizations.


In recognition of the founding members who have supported the Workshop at this level, as well as those newer larger, or more established companies who have joined at this level already. This level will not have a limit on the number of company senior staff who can be included in our mailings and programming. 

Annual Membership: $6,000 per year


Organizations who wish to include several senior staff in the activities of the Workshop. This level of membership enables three individuals to be included in our mailing list and invitations to Workshop programming.

Annual Membership: $3,000 per year


Our associate members are primarily local professional services firms in industries including architecture, landscaping, planning, engineering, and economists. 

Annual Membership: $1,500 per year


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