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How to build a vibrant Philadelphia


It has been eight years since we started the Development Workshop, and today we’re proud to announce the launch of our new, online home.

In 2007, on the eve of the Great Recession, we saw a need for the development community in Philadelphia to have a unified voice with a focus on making good things happen. Today, the Workshop consists of over 40 members who are committed to helping Philadelphia realize its full potential by advocating for robust development and vibrant neighborhoods.

We are developers, architects and designers, former public planning and development officials, civil engineers, lawyers, consultants, brokers, economists and lenders, each with a stake in the City of Philadelphia and the Greater Philadelphia region. Together, our member organizations have supported billions of dollars of economic development activity and decades of thoughtful leadership.

Each month we meet to discuss planning, zoning and development issues and address challenges facing Philadelphia, its neighborhoods, and the region. These challenges are constantly evolving and, as we address them in real-time, we want to make sure the public has access to good information.

In the coming months, we hope you’ll come back and visit our site to stay up-to-date on news, information and opinions on development in our region.

We’ll be sharing highlights from our meetings and the Workshop’s public testimony and positions on important issues dealing with planning, development and job creation, among other things.

Look around, learn more about us and let us know what you think.


Michael Sklaroff, Chair

G. Craig Schelter, Executive Director

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