Philadelphia 2019: Strengths, Opportunities, Challenges

On December 18, 2018, Central Philadelphia Development Corporation hosted a panel discussion with business leaders (noted below) and asked them to highlight both the opportunities for more dynamic job growth in 2019 and the challenges and hurdles that Philadelphia needs to overcome to capitalize on these opportunities.

Paul R. Levy, Executive Director of the Central Philadelphia Development Corporation, set the context for the discussion by highlighting the significant progress that has been made in the last two decades, presenting comparative data about recent job trends in Philadelphia and some of our peer cities, while putting Philadelphia’s poverty challenge in a regional context. For more information, download Paul Levy’s full presentation [PDF 3 MB]. For a summary of the panelists comments, download the CPDC Membership Meeting Transcript [PDF 97 KB].

Della Clark, President, The Enterprise Center
Michael Forman, Chairman & CEO, FS Investments
Mike Pearson, President & CEO, Union Packaging
Shari Reams, Senior Vice President, PNC Real Estate
Jerry Sweeney, President & CEO, Brandywine Realty Trust
Richard Vague, Managing Partner, Gabriel Investments

Paul Levy, Executive Director, Central Philadelphia Development Corporation

Media Coverage

December 19, 2018 | Business leaders discuss importance of growing Philadelphia's job base, The Philadelphia Tribune