Central Philadelphia Development Corporation (CPDC) is a membership organization that is affiliated with and managed by the staff of the Center City District and committed to enhancing the competitiveness and attractiveness of Center City. Since 1956, CPDC has been a highly effective vehicle for private-sector leadership to shape the future of downtown through research, planning, advocacy and civic engagement.
Today, more than one hundred major businesses and institutions support CPDC, including those in the real estate, financial services, design, legal, insurance, arts and culture, hospitality, and communications sectors.
CPDC counts among its many achievements in the last half century the revitalization of historic Society Hill, an improved Vine Street Expressway, advocacy for the establishment of the Avenue of the Arts, the creation of the Center City District, a new generation of improvements on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway and the diversification of Center City as a 24-hour downtown.
Working in partnership with business, government, and other civic organizations, CPDC’s current initiatives include:
CPDC, through shared staff, strongly supports the Center City District on many significant initiatives, including:
For more information about CPDC or to become a member, call 215.440.5500.
This year we celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Center City District and the 60th anniversary of Central Philadelphia Development Corporation. On May 5th the Center City District Foundation is holding a fundraiser in Dilworth Park so we can do even more. Sponsorship opportunities and tickets are now available for this event.Learn More About Our Anniversary»