Month: February 2014

The Endeleo Project Launches Campaign to Emphasize Good in the World

With their campaign to highlight and support the work of education organizations serving underprivileged areas, Philadelphia non-profit founders aim to brighten our world view.rnnnPhiadelphia, PA (PRWEB) February 28, 2014nnWhat do Nyakatch, a town in rural southwestern Kenya, San Juan del Sur, a poor beach community in Nicaragua, and Germantown, a struggling neighborhood in Philadelphia, have in common? The obvious answer is that they are all places where people are suffering, testaments to whats wrong with the world.nnrnnnBut that is not how The Endeleo Project sees them. Started by David Hersh and Maureen Holland, Temple Law graduates, The Endeleo Project is a not-for-profit that aims to support great people doing great things around the world and to bring their inspiring stories to light. To Hersh and Holland, Nyakatch, San Juan del Sur, and Germantown are not evidence of a world gone wrong, but hosts for a more positive counter-narrative. In these places, three organizations are using education to improve the future for underserved populations. Helping them do it is the motivation behind a new campaign to raise awareness and, of course, money.nnrnnnExplains Hersh, “So much of what we see in the media is negative. But in the worst of circumstances, there are amazing people doing amazing things to better others’ lives. We want to highlight these people and support their work.”nnrnnnThe campaign is built around the idea of crowd-funding: raising money and awareness by getting small donations from a lot of people. The Endeleo Project is using Crowdrise, a new non-profit minded platform, to tie together the stories of its partners and the human interest of endurance sports. Thus, the campaign’s key elements are the Love Half Marathon in Philadelphia on March 30, and Challenge Atlantic City, an ultra-distance triathlon on June 29. The Endeleo Project recruits teams of runners and triathletes that fundraise through their own networks. Holland and Hersh will both run the half marathon, while Hersh will compete in the 140.3 mile triathlon. The latter effort has earned The Endeleo Project a generous sponsorship from the Swim Team Store, a national retailer, and it is pursuing more.nnrnnnThe Endeleo Project grew from Hersh’s study abroad experience in Kenya in 2005. He traveled the country with locals, exploring the less visited parts of the country. “I came across these amazing orphanages that were saving children’s lives, then providing them a first-rate education to brighten their futures. They were too small and remote for anyone in the United States to know they existed, but I was convinced that Americans would be inspired if they knew.” In rural southwestern Kenya, Hersh met Hellen O’chieng, a former banker who built a school and orphanage called VISPA. VISPA became the pilot project for The Endeleo Project. Endeleo, pronounced en-duh-lay-o, is the Swahili word for progress.nnrnnnThe Endeleo Project raised funds to help VISPA serve more of its target population. VISPA now serves 2.5 times as many students as it did in 2008. Endeleo has since expanded both its portfolio of partners and its services. In 2012 it partnered with The Barrio Planta Project (BPP), a Nicaraguan NGO started by Philadelphia native Dyani Makous. BPP provides supplemental schooling to fill gaps in Nicaragua’s inadequate public school system.nnrnnnSays Hersh, “BPP allowed us to show that our model works in more than one context, but the partnership also taught us that great organizations need more than just financial support.” Two critical needs are program evaluation, which most grant-makers demand but few local organizations have the capacity to do, and program planning, to ensure data is available to support evaluation. The Endeleo Project now offers these services to allow its partners to focus as much of their energy and resources as possible on core service delivery.nnrnnnMost recently, The Endeleo Project has focused its efforts closer to home, partnering with the not-for-profit Face to Face Germantown. With Germantown’s two public schools closing, the two charities are teaming to provide educational access to the neighborhood. The partnership leverages Face to Face’s intimate relationship with the local community and The Endeleo Project’s expertise in education program design and evaluation to develop afterschool and summer programs aimed at closing the achievement gap.nnrnnnThe goal of the new campaign is to raise enough money to cover Face to Face’s educational programs, pay the expenses of BPP for a year, and buy two acres of land for a vocational farming program for VISPA’s students. Any remaining funds will cover the costs of The Endeleo Project’s services and allow it to vet potential new partners. The bigger goal, however, is to for people to think not of destitution and failure in Nyakatch, San Juan del Sur, and Germantown. The Endeleo Project wants them to think instead of Hellen, Dyani, and Mary Kay and the inspiring ways they serve their communities.

Mayor Nutter Signs Legislation Making Changes to Demolition and Construction Procedures

February 20, 2014 – Mayor Michael A. Nutter signed four Bills, which enact changes to the Department of Licenses and Inspections’ (L&I) regulation of construction and demolition. The Bills (Bill No. 130685, Bill No. 130691-A, Bill No. 130698-A, and Bill No. 130847-A) amend the requirements for licenses, inspections, permits, training for L&I inspectors, construction safeguards and demolition procedures. The Bills will take effect immediately, unless otherwise noted in the legislation. rn rn“In the wake of the Market Street building collapse tragedy, our Administration and City Council have worked together to strengthen oversight and safety protocols for the Department of Licenses and Inspections. The bills I have signed are an important first step in an on-going process. Public safety is a daily concern of this Administration and we will do everything we can to ensure a safe City for all,” said Mayor Nutter. “I want to thank City Council’s Special Investigative Committee on Demolition Practices and its Committee Chair, Councilman Curtis Jones, Jr., for their critical work on its report and this legislative package.”rn rnL&I Commissioner Carlton Williams said, “The Department of Licenses and Inspections commends City Council for their hard work in passing legislation that will improve public safety and increase oversight on dangerous construction and demolition sites in the City of Philadelphia. The legislation provides the Department with additional enforcement tools that will be used to ensure that public safety remains paramount on demolition jobs. Many of the reforms set forth by Council have already been adopted by the Department and we look forward to expand our oversight of construction and demolition jobs to ensure that citizens are protected.”rn rnThis legislative package implements numerous reforms to the construction and demolition process. Notable features from each of the Bills are as follows:rn rnBill No. 130685rn rnProvides for permit reforms and regulates special inspection agencies and special agency inspectors charged with monitoring safety at demolition and construction sites.rn rnBill No. 130691-Arn rnEstablishes a thorough set of standards to regulate the means and methods of performing demolitions to ensure safety. Implements permit reforms requiring thorough safety documentation and special third party site supervision or site safety inspections. rn rnBill No. 130698-Arn rnSets forth new permitting requirements for demolition, including a thorough site safety plan. Codifies certain training standards for City inspectors. Imposes insurance requirements on demolition permit applicants.rn rnBill No. 130847-Arn rnImplements standards of signage at construction and demolition sites. Provides for Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) training or other safety training for workers at construction and demolition sites and associated safety requirements. Also, would require information sharing between City departments (L&I, Police, Fire, Philly 311, etc.).rn rnBill No. 130688-A, which requires contractors that engage in demolition work to be specially licensed, requires technical amendment.

Mayor Nutter Announces Restoration of East Park Canoe House on Kelly Drive

February 24, 2014 – Mayor Michael A. Nutter and Temple University President Neil D. Theobald announced that the City of Philadelphia, in partnership with the Lenfest Foundation, will provide more than $5 million to restore and renovate the East Park Canoe House, also known as the Temple Boathouse, on Kelly Drive in East Fairmount Park.rn rn“The City of Philadelphia is blessed to have two beautiful rivers, one of which was named the 2014 River of the Year – the Schuylkill River,” said Mayor Nutter. “The Schuylkill River and its amenities, namely the Boathouses and recreation trails, are iconic landmarks that make our great city unique. It is incumbent upon us to preserve these historical treasures for future Philadelphians. The City of Philadelphia thanks Mr. Lenfest and the Lenfest Foundation for understanding the importance of these amenities, and helping us secure and improve upon them.”rn rnThe City of Philadelphia has committed $2.5 million to the project and the Lenfest Foundation committed $3 million. Together, this funding will be used to provide renovated public restrooms, office and storage space for the Marine Police, and new lockers and boat storage for the Temple crew teams. The funds will also be used for site improvements like a rebuilt parking lot and landscaping.rn rn“On behalf of everyone at Temple University, I want to thank Mayor Nutter and Mr. Lenfest for their extraordinary efforts to bring the historic East Park Canoe House to new life,” said Temple University President Theobald. “The renovation and improvements to the Canoe House will make it possible for Temple University to return men’s crew and women’s rowing to their former status as varsity sports.”rn rnTemple University will have a long-term lease at the renovated East Park Canoe House, similar to the historical arrangement it’s had for many years. Once design plans are finalized and a contractor is selected, construction is expected to last between 12 and 18 months.rn rnMayor Nutter also discussed other planned improvements for Kelly Drive and Boathouse Row. The City of Philadelphia has allocated $1 million to repair a portion of the Schuylkill River retaining wall along Kelly Drive beginning at the Strawberry Mansion Bridge extending to the St. Joseph’s University Boathouse. Additionally, the City has secured a Pennsylvania Department of Conservation & Natural Resources (DCNR) grant of $250,000, which will be matched by funds from Philadelphia Parks & Recreation and the Philadelphia Water Department in the amount of $125,000 each, to install rain gardens along the Kelly Drive recreation trail beginning at the St. Joseph’s University Boathouse to manage storm-water runoff.

City of Philadelphia, PIDC Release Video Highlighting a ‘Year in Business Headlines’

Posted on February 21, 2014 by City of PhiladelphiarnFebruary 21, 2014 – The City of Philadelphia Department of Commerce, in partnership with the Philadelphia Industrial Development Corporation (PIDC), released a short video today highlighting a range of economic development success stories from the last 12 months. The video features news headlines from 2013 and 2014 that reflect an economy that is growing and a city whose skyline is being reshaped by an unprecedented level of development; whose diverse economy is growing; a city where companies of all sizes are increasingly choosing to start, stay, and grow; and a place which is attracting more young, creative, educated workers than any other major American city.rn rn“This is a very exciting time for Philadelphia as our economy bounces back, investments accelerate, and new companies choose our city as their home,” said Alan Greenberger, Deputy Mayor for Economic Development. “After some very tough years we’re now seeing a great deal of interest in the city from companies across the region, the country and the world, and working with our economic development partners we are focused on growing our economy and creating jobs in Philadelphia. Here’s to an even busier 2014!”rn rnThe Department of Commerce works in close partnership with PIDC on a range of economic development-related issues including business attraction and retention, real estate development, and strategic planning for the region’s economy.rn rn“PIDC is proud that our continued partnership with the City of Philadelphia and Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce has helped to support such positive growth and development in the city this past year,” said John Grady President of PIDC. “Going forward, PIDC will continue to focus on launching new flexible financing products for small businesses, planning for the next phase of industrial and commercial activity at The Navy Yard and in the Lower Schuylkill River district, and continuing our investments in innovation through Startup PHL.”rn rnThe video features a number of highlights from the last 12 months including:rn rn§ Australian energy efficiency firm Ecosave’s move to Philadelphia;rn§ Axalta Coating System’s choice of Center City for its global headquarters;rn§ Growth of Mark Group, a British energy efficiency firm located at the Philadelphia Navy Yard;rn§ Urban Outfitters’ expansion and projected creation of 2,000 new jobs in Philadelphia;rn§ Support for Philadelphia’s startup community through initiatives such as Startup PHL and the establishment of a public/private Seed Fund in partnership with First Round Capital;rn§ DreamIt Ventures picking a site on Drexel University’s campus for its world headquarters;rn§ Emergence of the Philadelphia region as an energy hub;rn§ Increase in the number of suburban companies, such as NetPlus, expanding to or moving to Philadelphia in search of young talent;rn§ Philadelphia’s support of small businesses in partnership with Goldman Sachs’ 10,000 Small Businesses Initiative;rn§ Mayor Nutter’s push to improve the international perception of Philadelphia, including his recent trade mission to the United Kingdom and Israel;rn§ The region’s focus on the growth of the manufacturing sector through the Mayor’s Manufacturing Task Force;rn§ Strategic planning for the Lower Schuylkill River;rn§ A ‘building boom’ in Philadelphia, including major projects such as Cira Center South and the new Comcast Innovation and Technology Center.rn rnThese are just a sample of the many exciting things happening in the Philadelphia economy. To see the full video visit:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zL0gKQdkS0U

Thị Trưởng Nutter Thông Tin Chương Trình “Arborly Love” Cho Cây Miễn Phí Trong Mùa Xuân 2014

Theo nguồn tin trên trang mạng của văn phòng thị trưởng thành phố Philadelphia rnrnMayor Nutter Announces “Arborly Love” Spring 2014 Tree GiveawayrnrnFebruary 20, 2014 – Today at John F. Kennedy Plaza/Love Park, Mayor Michael A. Nutter Nutter and Deputy Mayor/Philadelphia Parks & Recreation Commissioner Michael DiBerardinis announced that more than 2,000 trees would be given this spring as part of the TreePhilly initiative to make Philadelphia “The City of Arborly Love.” rn rnThe announcement came after a show of affection in the form of arborly love notes like “My roots run deep. My love runs deeper.” and “I’m nuts about you.” were hung in tree branches throughout Philadelphia. A loquacious tree, the TreePhilly Spokes-Tree, also talked about his love of having ‘roots’ in Philadelphia.rn rn“Trees show their love by providing everything from clean air to beautiful parks for residents to enjoy,” said Mayor Nutter. “The TreePhilly initiative was created to engage Philadelphia property owners, businesses and neighbors to plant and maintain trees to reciprocate this love.”rn rnTreePhilly is a year-round program of Philadelphia Parks & Recreation (PP&R) in partnership with the Fairmount Park Conservancy and Wells Fargo & Company. To date, 100,000 trees have been planted and each free tree giveaway contributes to the goal of 30% tree canopy cover across the City of Philadelphia. Through March 27, Philadelphia property owners and businesses can submit requests for a free tree, including many fruit tree varieties. Pre-registration is encouraged to select a preferred pick-up site and date, but walk-ups will be welcome. Additionally, TreePhilly will be offering tree planting and care demonstrations and free mulch at each location.rn rn“With the continued support of our great partners, TreePhilly keeps growing and neighborhoods all over the City continue to show their love for trees by planting free yard and street trees with TreePhilly,” said Deputy Mayor/Philadelphia Parks & Recreation Commissioner Michael DiBerardinis. rn rnGreg Redden, Wells Fargo’s Regional President for Greater Philadelphia/Delaware said, “Wells Fargo is delighted to once again sponsor the TreePhilly campaign. We support the program because it engages residents and community groups in beautifying their neighborhoods, while adding to the greening of Philadelphia.”rn rnKathryn Ott Lovell, Executive Director of the Fairmount Park Conservancy added, “We are so happy to see how the community is coming together to help make Philadelphia ‘The City of Arborly Love’. We are truly grateful for the ongoing commitment of Wells Fargo, as their generous support helps make TreePhilly successful.”rn rnLook out for even more of “The City of Arborly Love” messages, including the radio debut of the Spokes-Tree. “The beautiful trees and parks are one of the reasons we’re so happy to call Philly home,” says Jennifer Fink, Vice President /Account Director at Masterminds, the agency behind the campaign. “We’re thrilled to support TreePhilly in its mission.”rn rnThe Spokes-Tree summed it up best by saying, “From our highest branches to the tips of our roots, we trees got nothing but love for all of Philly, the City of Arborly Love.”rn rnThe tree pick-up dates and locations are as follows:rn· Saturday April 5th, 2pm to 4pm (other times are available for this event if you pre-register), Pennypack Environmental Center (8600 Verree Rd. 19115)rn· Sunday April 6th, 12noon to 2pm, West Oak Lane Library (2000 Washington Lane 19138)rn· Saturday April 12th, 10am to 12noon, Columbus Square Playground (1200 Wharton St. 19147)rn· Saturday April 12th, 10am to 12noon, Bartram’s Garden (54th and Lindbergh Blvd. 19143)rn· Saturday April 12th, 12noon to 2pm, Hunting Park Recreation Center (900 Hunting Park Ave. 19140)rn· Sunday April 13th, 12noon to 2pm, Gorgas Park (6300 Ridge Ave. 19128)rn rnResidents with limited mobility can apply for free tree delivery and planting by a representative from Philadelphia Parks & Recreation. Space for this service is limited and residents are encouraged to apply early by contacting Erica Smith Fichman at 215-683-0217 or by visiting www.treephilly.org.rn rnThere are several ways citizens can get involved with TreePhilly, including planting and caring for trees on their property, volunteering for a tree planting event in their local park, or sponsoring community service days to plant and maintain trees. For more information, citizens can visit http://www.treephilly.org or call 215-683-0217.rn rn###rn rnAbout Wells FargornWells Fargo & Company (NYSE: WFC) is a nationwide, diversified, community-based financial services company with $1.4 trillion in assets. Founded in 1852 and headquartered in San Francisco, Wells Fargo provides banking, insurance, investments, mortgage, and consumer and commercial finance through more than 9,000 stores, 12,000 ATMs, the Internet (wellsfargo.com), and has offices in more than 35 countries to support the bank’s customers who conduct business in the global economy.rn rnAbout the Fairmount Park ConservancyrnThe Fairmount Park Conservancy exists to champion the Fairmount Park system. Its mission is to work as a collaborative partner to lead and support efforts which preserve and improve Fairmount Park to enhance the quality of life and stimulate the economic development of the Greater Philadelphia Region. For more information, please visit www.myphillypark.org. “Like” the Fairmount Park Conservancy on Facebook at facebook.com/FairmountParkConservancy and “Follow” via Twitter @myphillypark.