Month: November 2013


Posted on November 26, 2013 by City of PhiladelphiarnCity departments to provide information to citizens about health coverage available through the Affordable Care Actrnrn rnrn rnrnPhiladelphia, November 26, 2013– Mayor Michael A. Nutter, joined by Enroll America Pennsylvania State Director Bill England, and Deputy Mayor for Health and Opportunity Dr. Donald Schwarz, announced a partnership between the City and Enroll America to provide information to citizens about health coverage options available through the Affordable Care Act. This outreach effort is part of Enroll America’s Get Covered campaign.rnrn rnrn“Accurate and easily accessible information is critical to ensuring that uninsured Philadelphians enroll in health care plans under the Affordable Care Act. The City’s partnership with Enroll America is an opportunity to connect people to health coverage they deserve,” said Mayor Nutter. “I want to thank Dr. Schwarz and his team at the Health Department for their efforts and Enroll America for working with us to help Philadelphians access affordable health care.”rnThe following City departments have partnered with Enroll America:rnrn rnrnPhiladelphia City Council;rnOffice of Housing and Community Development;rnDepartment of Records;rnCommunity Life Improvement Programs;rnMayor’s Office of Community Empowerment and Opportunity;rnMayor’s Commission on Aging; andrnThe Free Library of Philadelphia.rn rnrn“This visionary partnership with the City of Philadelphia will help thousands of Philadelphians access quality, affordable health insurance,” said Bill England, Pennsylvania State Director, Enroll America. “I commend Mayor Nutter and Dr. Schwarz for their leadership and commitment to the health and well-being of their city. Our new relationship serves as a model to cities nationwide as we continue to expand access to affordable coverage.”rnrn rnrnDr. Donald Schwarz added, “We think that this is incredibly important and beneficial information to get out to the public. We are tremendously pleased that so many City agencies and departments have stepped-up to participate in the effort.”rnrn rnrnFor more information, log on to rnrnEnroll America is the nation’s leading health care enrollment coalition, bringing together community and health organizations, businesses and others to inform consumers about the new health coverage options available and how to enroll in them. It is an independent, nonpartisan, nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization.


Posted on November 25, 2013 by City of PhiladelphiarnThree events showcase small businesses in Germantown, Fishtown and East Kensington.rnrn rnrn rnrnPhiladelphia, November 25, 2013– In the coming weeks, Mayor Michael A. Nutter and Deputy Mayor for Economic Development Alan Greenberger will participate in series of events showcasing small businesses and neighborhood development to highlight the ways in which the City of Philadelphia supports economic development in Philadelphia. Small business development is a priority for the Nutter Administration, and this work is primarily implemented through the City’s Department of Commerce. The three events focus on recognizing the first recipient of the Department of Commerce’s new InStore forgivable loan program, promoting neighborhood shopping on Small Business Saturday and breaking ground for a brand new manufacturing facility on a large vacant parcel.rnrn rnrn“While it is often the big deals and major developments that get the headlines, it is Philadelphia’s small business men and women who drive our economy on a daily basis, representing the vast majority of businesses in Philadelphia,” said Mayor Nutter. “Through the Department of Commerce and our partners like the Philadelphia Industrial Development Corporation, my Administration is committed to finding new and innovative ways to provide funding to small businesses, to help them expand and grow, and to regenerate neighborhood commercial corridors throughout the city.”rnrn rnrnEnhancing neighborhood commercial corridors through fit-out grantsrnrn rnrnThe first event will be held tomorrow at 1:00 pm at Rose Petals Café and Lounge, a new sit-down restaurant located at 322 W. Chelten Avenue in Germantown. Rose Petals Café and Philly Office Retail partnered to apply for the InStore forgivable loan. The City’s $50,000 investment covered the costs of critical start-up supplies, including refrigeration units, a hood and exhaust system for the stove, new floors, shelving units, a unique copper color ceiling and more.rnrn rnrnJania and Desmin Daniels, the owners of Rose Petals, named the business in honor of Desmin’s late sister, Rose, who died tragically two years ago. “When my grandmother died a year later, we sharpened our resolve to not wait another minute to make the dream happen,” said Desmin Daniels, who previously worked as a teacher for the School District of Philadelphia. “The InStore program was hugely helpful in making it happen.”rnrn rnrnThe Department of Commerce launched the InStore forgivable loan program in the beginning of 2013 as a means of enhancing commercial corridors, increasing foot traffic and improving the retail mix of neighborhood commercial corridors. For several years, the Department of Commerce has offered grants for façade renovations through the Storefront Improvement Program. However, a funding option for interior improvements previously did not exist. The small business community had repeatedly requested funding for financial assistance with business start-up costs related to the interior fit-out of a commercial space (i.e. commercial stoves, refrigeration units, ADA bathroom installation, electrical work, etc.). The Department of Commerce responded with the InStore loan program, which targets new and expanding retail, food and creative businesses looking to relocate to low and moderate income neighborhoods. The forgivable loans range between $15,000 and $50,000.rnrn rnrn“This program was developed in response to demand from our small business community,” explains Jonathan Snyder, Commerce’s Senior Program Manager overseeing the InStore loan program. “When a business is approved for an InStore loan, they must comply with guidelines and stay in business for at least five years and then the loan is forgiven – effectively becoming a grant.”rnrn rnrnEncouraging shoppers to buy local on November 30 – “Small Business Saturday”rnrn rnrn“Small Business Saturday” is November 30m and Mayor Nutter will visit the East Girard commercial corridor in the Fishtown neighborhood in order to highlight shopping locally. This event is part of a larger national effort sponsored by American Express. East Girard, a newly popular shopping destination, had been an underutilized commercial corridor for decades. Recent investments from funders, such as the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC), PNC Bank, the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development and the Department of Commerce, have helped transform the district into a trendy place to shop, eat and drink.rnrn rnrnFor the last 7 years, the Department of Commerce has provided funding to New Kensington Community Development Corporation (NKCDC) to support commercial corridor improvements and small business development. NKCDC has assisted dozens of businesses on the area’s main commercial strips—Frankford and Girard Avenues—to receive storefront improvement grants and financing.rnrn rnrn“We are thrilled to have Mayor Nutter recognize that our growing commercial corridors here in Fishtown are a great place to shop and show his commitment to supporting local entrepreneurs,” said Sandy Salzman, Executive Director of NKCDC. “We hope that his actions will encourage other Philadelphians to invest in their city by shopping with locally owned businesses and for locally made goods whenever possible. It’s a great way to leverage the purchases folks already are going to make to benefit the growth and stability of our city.”rnrn rnrnReplacing blighted vacant lots with small businesses that create new jobsrnrn rnrnThe final small business event of the Mayor’s three-pronged tour will be held on Wednesday, December 11 at 11:00 am at a longtime vacant lot on the industrial corridor of American Street in East Kensington. The lot will soon be converted into an 11,550 square foot manufacturing facility for Veyko, Inc., a Philadelphia-based metal fabrication company. The total project cost is $2.1 million, $250,000 of which comes from a grant from the American Street Empowerment Zone, overseen by the Philadelphia Department of Commerce. Veyko plans to create 15 new jobs at the new facility. The company provides design, metal fabrication and installation services to architects, designers, general contractors and homeowners. Examples of Vyko’s work include the SEPTA 8th Street Station benches and the large scale exterior artwork at Lincoln Center in New York City.rnrn rnrnSince 1994, the City of Philadelphia has been working to improve the American Street Commercial Corridor. Investments have been made through the Philadelphia Department of Commerce and the Philadelphia Empowerment Zone’s signature program, the Neighborhood Funding Stream, to support local economic development and neighborhood revitalization. The American Street Empowerment Zone Community Trust Board, an advisory board to the City of Philadelphia, provides input on grant making in the American Street Empowerment Zone.rnrn rnrn“Through this process, grants are being provided to support major investments in real estate development. Veyko, Inc. is one of three recent American Street Empowerment Zone Neighborhood Economic Development grants. Veyko, Inc. will receive a $250,000 grant that will support the continued revitalization of the neighborhood,” says Aiisha Herring-Miller, Senior Program Manager for Philadelphia Empowerment Zones at the Philadelphia Department of Commerce.rnrn rnrnPIDC, the City’s economic development corporation, invested $933,000 in the Veyko Project. Marla Hamilton, Vice President of Market Development for PIDC said, “What is especially exciting is that this is a project that was approved just when the recession hit. At one point, the developers even decided to halt the project. Clearly, they have weathered the storm and come back strong. This is a great opportunity for Veyko, Inc. and a great win for the City.”rnrn rnrnSmall business as the spark for community economic developmentrnrn rnrnThe projects described above offer a snapshot of the Philadelphia Department of Commerce’s daily work. With the help of partners, such as PIDC, the Merchant’s Fund, local CDCs and small business technical assistance providers, the Department of Commerce offers and supports many programs, including one-on-one technical assistance for small businesses, training programs on how to start and grow a business, micro- and small-business lending, an online business support website (, grants for storefront improvements and security cameras, and more.rnrn rnrnIn addition to providing programs that have demonstrated success like the Commercial Corridor Manager grant program and the Storefront Improvement Program, the Department of Commerce also finds innovative ways to support businesses and commercial corridors. The InStore loan program and the Commerce SafeCam Program are both pilot programs launched earlier this year that have proved popular as applications continue to be submitted for both.rnrn rnrn“Supporting small businesses in neighborhoods across Philadelphia represents the bulk of the work of the Commerce Department,” said Alan Greenberger, Deputy Mayor for Economic Development. “We take a concierge approach to our work with business owners – we’re here to help with your needs, navigate you through the system, and provide resources to help you grow.”

Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia Surgeon Receives Prestigious Award for Pioneering Contributions to Fetal Surgery

PHILADELPHIA, Nov. 22, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — World-renowned fetal surgery pioneer N. Scott Adzick, M.D., will receive the John Scott Award, one of America’s oldest and most prestigious science awards, dedicated to the memory of Benjamin Franklin, at a formal ceremony tonight at the American Philosophical Society. Adzick, the Surgeon-in-Chief at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), will be recognized for his contributions to fetal surgery–performing highly complex procedures on babies while still in the womb, to correct debilitating or life-threatening birth defects.rnFounded in 1834, the John Scott Award is given to men and women whose inventions have contributed in some outstanding way to the “comfort, welfare and happiness” of mankind. Past winners have included Marie Curie, Thomas Edison, Jonas Salk, Irving Langmuir, Guglielmo Marconi, R. Buckminister Fuller, and the Wright Brothers. A committee of Philadelphians nominates honorees to the Board of Directors of City Trusts of the City of Philadelphia.rnAn innovator in fetal medicine since the field’s inception, Adzick has dedicated his career to the pursuit of groundbreaking prenatal treatment for birth defects. Following medical school, residency and fellowships in Boston, Adzick moved to the University of California, San Francisco where he and his research colleagues developed fetal surgical techniques using animal models prior to clinical application.rnSince that time, Adzick has made pioneering contributions to fetal surgery, and today continues to explore cutting-edge treatment options.rnAdzick was also the principal investigator at CHOP for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Management of Myelomeningocele Study. This landmark clinical trial demonstrated that fetal surgery could substantially improve outcomes for children with spina bifida. The study represents the fruition of decades of research, much of it led by Adzick and his team, exemplifying how a once-radical idea can, through meticulous investigation, be transformed into a viable treatment. Adzick was lead author of the study results, published in the New England Journal of Medicine in March 2011.rnIn 1995, when he was recruited to The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia as Surgeon-in-Chief, Adzick founded the Hospital’s Center for Fetal Diagnosis and Treatment. Today that Center is the largest and most comprehensive fetal program in the world, having welcomed expectant mothers from all 50 states and more than 50 countries. The Center recently celebrated a milestone of 1,000 fetal surgeries. Approximately 4,000 fetal surgeries have been performed worldwide, meaning a quarter of them have been performed at CHOP, more than at any other hospital.rnAdzick is also an active pediatric general and thoracic surgeon. While much of his work is devoted to surgery in newborns, he also has a special interest and expertise in surgery for complex pediatric endocrine conditions such as hyperinsulinism and pediatric thyroid disorders. Adzick has had NIH grant support for 30 years and has authored more than 500 peer-reviewed publications. He was elected to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences in 1998. rnAdzick is one of three distinguished Philadelphia scientists to receive the 2013 John Scott Award during a ceremony tonight at the American Philosophical Society’s headquarters in center city Philadelphia. The prize commemorates John Scott, an Edinburgh druggist who in the early 1800s set up a fund to honor Benjamin Franklin’s legacy by recognizing ingenious men or women responsible for transformative inventions. The first awards were presented in 1834 for the inventions of the knitting machine and a door lock. Through the years, awards have been made internationally for the inventions in industry, agriculture, manufacturing, science, and medicine. Fellow honorees include Dr. P. Leslie Dutton, a biochemist and biophysicist at the University of Pennsylvania’s Perelman School of Medicine and Dr. Robert L. Brent, the former Chairman of Pediatrics at Thomas Jefferson University.rnAbout The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia: The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia was founded in 1855 as the nation’s first pediatric hospital. Through its long-standing commitment to providing exceptional patient care, training new generations of pediatric healthcare professionals and pioneering major research initiatives, Children’s Hospital has fostered many discoveries that have benefited children worldwide. Its pediatric research program receives the highest amount of National Institutes of Health funding among all U.S. children’s hospitals. In addition, its unique family-centered care and public service programs have brought the 527-bed hospital recognition as a leading advocate for children and adolescents. For more information, visit Contact: rnAshley Moore rnMoorea1@email.chop.edurn215-630-4683 rnVideo with caption: “Since 1995, the Center for Fetal Diagnosis and Treatment at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia has been a center of excellence in fetal surgery and therapy. This video is the story of a small group of medical professionals, committed to curing life-threatening birth defects before birth, who worked to unlock the secrets of the fetus and prove the efficacy of fetal surgery, battling skepticism every step of the way. Learn more:” Video available at: with caption: “Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia Surgeon, Dr. N. Scott Adzick, Receives Prestigious Award for Pioneering Contributions to Fetal Surgery.” Image available at: rnSOURCE The Children’s Hospital of PhiladelphiarnrnrnRELATED LINKSrn

Mayor of Philadelphia Presented with Innovative Urban Sustainability Ideas for his ‘Greenest City in America’ Goal

PHILADELPHIA, November 22, 2013 /PRNewswire/ –rnToday at the Greenbuild International Conference, the Urban Infrastructure Initiative (UII) of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) will present a groundbreaking report to City Mayor Michael Nutter on sustainability initiatives to support Philadelphia’s goal of becoming the ‘Greenest City in America’.rn (Photo: )rnPhiladelphia is the first city in North America to participate in the UII, which is a unique project established by the WBCSD, to show the critical role that business can play in identifying solutions to complex urban sustainability challenges. The UII’s 48-page report for Philadelphia was produced by a group of seven leading companies who worked collaboratively throughout 2012 with city officials, as part of a wider program that involves producing similar reports for 10 cities around the world.rnConsultations for UII’s Philadelphia report involved a team of multi-disciplinary company experts from: AECOM; Schneider-Electric; Siemens; TNT; Toyota; UPS; and UTC, and city officials led by Katherine Gajewski, director of the Mayor’s Office of Sustainability.rnAfter receiving the report from Matthew Lynch, Project Director for the UII program, Mayor Nutter said, “Becoming the first American city to work with the Urban Infrastructure Initiative shows that Philadelphia is open to new ideas and ways of doing things. By participating, we hoped to receive valuable, practical insights from some of the world’s leading companies. The report outlines specific recommendations and solutions that are applicable here in Philadelphia but will likely also be of interest to many other city leaders in North America.”rnThe UII report for Philadelphia focuses on integrated solutions to meet the challenges of urban sustainability in key areas such as energy, water and mobility, and examines the specific issue of the efficiency and environmental performance of the city’s fleet of 6,000+ vehicles. A number of ‘quick wins’ are detailed in the report, some of which city officials are already pursuing.rnCommenting on the UII program’s work with Philadelphia, WBCSD’s Matthew Lynch said,rn”This engagement is a tangible example of how cities can work with business at a strategic level to help realize their visions, while unlocking the innovation capacity of the private sector to develop practical solutions.” rnKatherine Gajewski, from the Mayor’s Office of Sustainability added, “Working with the UII team, we were able to take advantage of outside expertise and perspectives in some of the areas where we thought we could most benefit. The recommendations made are already contributing to our thinking on a next generation municipal fleet and asset management. The experience made it clear that there is significant alignment between the sustainability goals that government and the private sector have, and that both sides can benefit from enhanced collaboration.”rnPDF copies of the UII report for Philadelphia and 9 other cities can be downloaded from the WBCSD website.rnScaling up sustainable and resilient cities is a core priority area of the WBCSD’s new global Action2020 framework. This science-based action plan seeks to engage companies to implement innovative and scalable business solutions and improve the business case for sustainability. The Action2020 framework has been developed by the WBCSD in close cooperation with the Stockholm Resilience Center and the World Resource Institute.rnNote to EditorsrnAbout the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD)rnThe World Business Council for Sustainable Development is a CEO-led organization of forward-thinking companies that galvanizes the global business community to create a sustainable future for business, society and the environment. Together with its members, the council applies its respected thought leadership and effective advocacy to generate constructive solutions and take shared action. Leveraging its strong relationships with stakeholders as the leading advocate for business, the council helps drive debate and policy change in favor of sustainable development solutions.rnThe WBCSD provides a forum for its 200 member companies – who represent all business sectors, all continents and a combined revenue of more than $7 trillion – to share best practices on sustainable development issues and to develop innovative tools that change the status quo. The Council also benefits from a network of 60 national and regional business councils and partner organizations, a majority of which are based in developing countries.rnAbout the Urban Infrastructure Initiative (UII)rnThe WBCSD established the Urban Infrastructure Initiative (UII) in 2010 to demonstrate the value of early strategic engagement between cities and business and the critical role that business can play as the solution provider. UII brought together 14 member companies from key sectors including energy, equipment and transport: ACCIONA, AECOM, AGC, CEMEX, EDF, GDF SUEZ, Honda, Nissan, Philips, Schneider Electric, Siemens, TNT, Toyota and UTC.rnThey have been collaborating to develop realistic, practical and cost-effective sustainability plans with 10 cities: Guadalajara (Mexico), Ahmedabad, Rajkot, Surat and Vadodara in Gujarat State (India), Kobe (Japan), Philadelphia (USA), Tilburg (The Netherlands), Turku (Finland) and Yixing (China).rnThe 14 UII member companies form a dynamic, multi-sector group with expertise in many infrastructure sectors and vast experience in strategy, finance and project management. Their business is in buildings, energy, water, engineering, equipment, materials, mobility and logistics, and support services. Expertise in integrated solutions and systems covers the infrastructure life-cycle, from design to operations and maintenance. They span the globe and, as WBCSD members, demonstrate a strong commitment to sustainability.rnhttp://www.wbcsd.orgrnFollow us on Twitter rnTo be added to the WBCSD press distribution, please e-mail WBCSD here.rnSOURCE World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD)