Over the last decade, the City of Philadelphia realized a significant upward swing in economic growth and development. From the core of the Great Recession to the height of the housing boom, the Development Workshop has been at the forefront of policy debates and discussions with major stakeholders – tracking every inch of the city’s progress along the way.
On Tuesday, June 26, we highlighted our accomplishments and successes at the 10th Anniversary celebration held at Ballard Spahr’s 48th floor offices. In addition to the 75 guests in attendance, which included current members and guests, the evening’s event was attended by several elected officials who offered various perspectives of the organization over the years, including former Governor Ed Rendell, Councilmembers Bobby Henon and Allan Domb.
The councilmembers presented our Chairman Michael Sklaroff with a City Council citation recognizing the organization for preserving its primary mission - helping the Philadelphia region realize its full potential by advocating for robust development and vibrant communities.
In addition, officials from the School District of Philadelphia were present and recognized the Development Workshop’s partnership to provide educational resources. As we know public funding is no longer enough to provide schools with all the resources they require. In the past year alone, the Development Workshop raised $25,000 for five public school projects across the city.
From voicing our development expertise on important executive and legislative issues regarding zoning, construction, employment, and local governance to finding ways to fund our public schools, we are proud of what we have accomplished over the last 10 years. More importantly, we are confident we can meet the challenges through the next decade.