MAYOR NUTTER ANNOUNCES AMERICAN BIBLE SOCIETY TO RELOCATE HEADQUARTERS TO PHILADELPHIA

Move from New York City to create 200 new jobs in the city

Philadelphia, January 28, 2015 – Mayor Michael A. Nutter and American Bible Society President and CEO Roy Peterson announced today that American Bible Society, one of the nation’s first and enduring nonprofits, will relocate its national headquarters to the historic center of Philadelphia, an area often called the most historic square mile in America.  Mayor Nutter and Dr. Peterson were joined by Alan Greenberger, Deputy Mayor for Economic Development and a host of faith, business, and community leaders at a press conference at Independence Visitors Center this morning.

“We are very excited to welcome American Bible Society to their new home in Philadelphia,” said Mayor Nutter.  “Working with Dr. Peterson, his team and the American Bible Society Board as they made this decision was a pleasure and we are very proud that one of America’s first nonprofits has chosen to move to our city.  Thank you to all involved in this effort.”

The move comes after nearly 200 years in New York City.  The new American Bible Society headquarters will be located at 401 Market Street in Philadelphia’s historic district. Ministry offices will encompass nearly 100,000 square feet on the 8th and 9th floors of the building. In addition, American Bible Society has proposed creating a Bible Discovery Center on the first floor, as well as a conference center, Rare Scriptures Depository and scholarly working library on the concourse level of the building. The new Bible Discovery Center will provide quick access to 5th Street, the center point of Independence Mall, and will add a new dimension to the historic area, sharing American Bible Society’s uniquely American story.

CEO Roy Peterson said the city was selected based on a number of factors, including strategic collaboration opportunities, affordability and livability. Coincidentally, one of the ministry’s founders and its first president, Elias Boudinot, was a native son of Philadelphia.  The ministry anticipates opening the doors of its new offices this summer, with the Bible Discovery Center opening being explored for 2016.

“For 20 decades, American Bible Society has worked to make the Bible available where needed most so that all may experience its life-changing message,” said Peterson. “As we work toward the goal of having 100 million Americans engaging with God’s Word and 100 percent of the world’s languages open for Bible engagement, our new Philadelphia headquarters will become the launching pad for Bible ministry in the U.S. and around the world.  We are thrilled that we will be starting a third century of service, headquartered here in Philadelphia.  Home to America’s first hopes as a new nation, Philadelphia is now home to a very bright future for American Bible Society.”

The effort to attract American Bible Society to Philadelphia was led by the Department of Commerce, including the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, PIDC, Select Greater Philadelphia, the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce, and leaders from across the business and faith community.

“This truly was a team effort and the warm welcome extended by the Philadelphia community gave American Bible Society the confidence that this city should be their new home,” said Alan Greenberger, Deputy Mayor for Economic Development.  “American Bible Society is the latest in a series of companies and organizations to recognize the great benefit of locating in Philadelphia and we have many more such announcements to make in the coming weeks and months.”

Philadelphia’s business community was very engaged in welcoming American Bible Society led by the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce and Select Greater Philadelphia.

“We are pleased to welcome the American Bible Society to Philadelphia,” said Rob Wonderling, a member of Select Greater Philadelphia’s board and President and CEO of the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce. “Through its many ministries, the American Bible Society provides a message of hope to people around the world. Our region’s strategic location in the heart of the nation’s largest market will undoubtedly help spread the word and advance the mission of this superb organization.”

About American Bible Society

Since 1816, American Bible Society has worked to make the Bible available to every person in a language and format each can understand and afford, so all people may experience its life-changing message. One of the nation’s first and most enduring ministries, today’s American Bible Society provides resources across a variety of platforms enabling first-time readers and seasoned theologians alike to engage with the best-selling book of all time. For more information, visit AmericanBible.org.

All New Dilworth Park Opens in Center City Philadelphia

On September 4, Philadelphia’s new central gathering place, officially opened with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and celebration. The new park provides new distinctive entrances to SEPTA’s trains and trolleys and makes both the Market Street Line and the subway-surface lines accessible by elevator

“It’s exciting to open the newly renovated Dilworth Park, a much anticipated addition to Center City,” said Mayor Nutter. “In addition to creating jobs, the renovation project has transformed the west side of City Hall, the people’s hall, into an inviting, green, transit-oriented park for all Philadelphians and visitors to enjoy. I am grateful to all of the people who worked in partnership with the City to plan, design, and build the new Dilworth Park.”

The daylong celebration was programmed by the Center City District (CCD) and presented by Comcast. The CCD will provide continuous programming at new Dilworth Park throughout the fall as well as information about Philadelphia’s attractions and cultural and civic events throughout the City.

In addition to all of the new activity at the park, new elevators will make transit lines more accessible and new stairs, sheltered by clear glass head-houses, will reach down from the surface level to the transit hub below, a system that transports 305,000 passengers through Center City each day. Working in partnership with SEPTA, new entrances have been created to both the Market and Broad Street Lines, turning Dilworth Park into the primary Center City transit gateway to the Sports District, to Temple University’s campuses, University City, and the balance of Philadelphia. The project also has completely reconstructed the concourse level into a new, well-lit space with clear lines-of-sight, and a range of new signs that orient transit passengers to the subway, trolley, and regional rail lines. Two LCD panels will display real-time information for five trolley routes servicing University City and West Philadelphia.

The café, Rosa Blanca, now open and operated by Jose Garces, one of the most gifted chefs and restaurateurs in the country, will provide coffee, sandwiches, cocktails after 5:00 p.m. A full schedule of events at Dilworth and other CCD parks can be found at CCDparks.org.

GPCC ANNOUNCES NEW EXECUTIVE TO LEAD BUSINESS ATTRACTION MARKETING EFFORTS

PHILADELPHIA – Recognizing the importance of strengthening the regional economy through attracting new businesses and helping to facilitate growth of existing businesses across the 11-county  area of Greater Philadelphia, the corporate and civic leadership of the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce the appointment of Matt Cabrey as Executive Director of Select Greater Philadelphia (Select) and Senior Vice President, Regional Business Marketing for the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce. Cabrey’s focus is to lead the Select team on its collaborative marketing and business attraction efforts nationally and internationally, reinforcing the region as a top-tier location to do business.

An accomplished executive with diverse and extensive marketing and communications experience, Matt Cabrey’s concentration with Select is on showcasing the distinguishing characteristics that make Greater Philadelphia an attractive area for businesses to thrive through engaging with investors, partners, business and civic leaders to identify organizations and support the business location and expansion process.

“The growth of our region happens when we have active and supportive participation from our business and civic leaders,” said Rob Wonderling, President and CEO of the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce. “Select is the driver of our business attraction plan, and we could not be successful without the ongoing commitment from the business community to invest in the future of this region, seizing upon new opportunities in energy, manufacturing, and healthcare innovation to continue to put this region on the global map for business expansion.”

 

Select Operating Committee Chairman William R. Sasso, chairman of Stradley Ronon Stevens & Young, LLP noted “Matt has made his mark as a hands-on, collaborative leader, and his experience building partnerships will be a tremendous addition to the Chamber team and the work of Select Greater Philadelphia.”

“As Chair of First State Innovation in Delaware, we applaud the Chamber for leading the Select marketing initiatives to help tell the great story of innovation and opportunity this region offers, ultimately attracting new companies with great people and great ideas,” added Ernie Dianastasis, Managing Director of CAI, a global information technology consulting, integration and outsourcing services organization.

“Matt understands the importance of regionalism in the context of a global economy, and from my vantage point as a New Jersey-based financial services executive, that’s a great asset that will bring audiences together to deliver growth for all stakeholders,” said Michelle Y. Lee, Executive Vice President, Northeast Region President, Wells Fargo Bank.

As a native to the Greater Philadelphia region, and as a professional who has worked in several sectors, including non-profit, life sciences and financial services, Matt Cabrey brings unique insights and knowledge to his role leading Select.

“Each of us in the 11-county region has a unique opportunity to help grow our economy by attracting new organizations to locate or expand in northern Delaware, southern New Jersey and southeastern Pennsylvania,” said Cabrey. “By working collaboratively with economic development partners, as well as businesses, civic and community leaders, among others, the Select team is poised to market the region as a great, productive place for business that offers a dynamic quality of life for employees and their families.”

Prior to joining Select and the Chamber, he held numerous leadership roles with Shire plc, helping to shape the image, reputation and growth of this international specialty biopharmaceutical company. Before joining Shire, he was part of the corporate communications team at PNC Bank in southeastern Pennsylvania and New Jersey. He serves on the advisory board of Melmark, a human services organization dedicated to helping people with developmental disabilities; is a past board member of the Chamber; past chair of Third Century Initiative (3ci), a unique, forward-looking program of the Chamber; past board member of the Arts & Business Council, a Chamber initiative that delivers value by facilitating collaborations among arts organizations and businesses; volunteers with Pennsylvania Bio; and is a member and past chairman of the Philadelphia Public Relations Association.

 

Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce
As the premier advocate for the business community, the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce works to attract, retain and grow jobs for companies and residents of the region. We represent member companies in southeastern Pennsylvania, southern New Jersey, and northern Delaware. www.gpcc.com.

 

Select Greater Philadelphia

Select Greater Philadelphia (Select) is a business attraction marketing organization dedicated to promoting the Greater Philadelphia region nationally and globally as a top-tier place to do business. Select is an affiliate of the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of

Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce Launches Roadmap for Growth

On July 31st, the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce launched its Roadmap for Growth, A Vision for the City of Philadelphia. The purpose of the campaign is to begin a public dialogue about how to accelerate economic growth in the city of Philadelphia. Stephen P. Mullin, President, Econsult Solutions Inc., presented a fact-based economic and demographic analysis of Philadelphia.

Over the next 18 months, the Chamber plans to bring together local elected officials, thought leaders, and civic and community partners to encourage local leaders to identify opportunities for economic growth and to create more jobs as well as develop a set of public policy priorities.

Chamber President and CEO Rob Wonderling was joined by Daniel K. Fitzpatrick, President & CEO, Citizens Bank and Chairman, Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce; David L. Cohen Executive Vice President, Comcast Corporation; Denis P. O’Brien Chief Executive Officer, Exelon Utilities; and Ajay Raju, Managing Partner, Dilworth Paxson LLP.  To date, 33 partners have signed on in support of the Roadmap for Growth. In addition, Rob Wonderling presented the plan for the Roadmap campaign to include listening tours, issue forums, a Mayoral debate, and a final report.

Select Greater Philadelphia’s 2014 Regional Report highlights Greater Philadelphia’s Energy Renaissance

The 2014 Regional Report, recently released by Select Greater Philadelphia, finds that the region is regaining its position as a national leader in energy production, resources, and innovation.

“Greater Philadelphia is ground zero for the energy revolution that will define the next 50 years of the American economy. Thanks in large part to our proximity to both one of the country’s most fertile natural gas reserves, and the major Northeast population center,” said William Sasso, Chairman of Select Greater Philadelphia and Chairman of Stradley Ronon.

The 2014 Regional Report also profiles key economic sectors in Greater Philadelphia including information technology, healthcare, manufacturing, life sciences, financial and business services, logistics, and research and development activity.

“Throughout its pages, the report highlights the sectors that helped create our region’s $400 billion economy. It’s a combination of strong academic institutions, a highly educated workforce, excellent infrastructure, and a robust and committed business community,” added Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Rob Wonderling. Select is an affiliate of the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce.

With its locational advantage, lower cost compared to other Northeast markets, and a quality of life that includes hundreds of cultural arts, recreational, and sports venues, the region is a choice destination for businesses looking to locate or expand operations.

This year’s theme is Here for the Making, which ties into Select’s joint business attraction campaign produced in partnership with regional businesses and economic development organizations (http://www.discoverphl.com/makeitphl/).

For copies of the Regional Report, please contact The Select Greater Philadelphia Office at 215-790-3731 or [email protected].

You can also view a copy of the report online: 2014 Regional Report.

GPCC and Select Greater Philadelphia Launch TV Commercial Promoting Region as a World-Class Business Destination

The Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce (GPCC) and Select Greater Philadelphia (Select) recently launched a new business attraction television Public Service Announcement (PSA) to air in East Coast media markets. View the video here: http://news.gpcc.com/2014/03/chamber-and-select-greater-philadelphia-launch-tv-commercial-promoting-region-as-a-world-class-business-destination/

Thanks to the generous donation from Comcast Corporation, the PSA will run through August 2014 and air across 50 Comcast channels.  “We are thrilled to be able to market this outstanding region as a topnotch destination for business expansion, talent attraction, and business gatherings. We thank Comcast for their continuing commitment to the Greater Philadelphia region, helping us better tell our story and attracting more companies,” said Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Rob Wonderling.

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Site Selector Magazine Ranks Greater Philadelphia as Top East Coast Metro

For the second straight year, Greater Philadelphia has been ranked one of the top ten metros in the country for new and expanded corporate facilities for 2013 and number one in the Northeast ahead of New York City, by Site Selection Magazine.  According to Select Greater Philadelphia, the Greater Philadelphia region encompasses eleven counties in southeastern Pennsylvania, northern Delaware and southern New Jersey.

“We are delighted to see Greater Philadelphia recognized as a top metro for new and expanded facilities in Site Selection Magazine again this year,” said Tom Morr, president & CEO of Select Greater Philadelphia. “There have been a number of expansions throughout the region to accommodate growth at area companies as well as corporate relocations into Greater Philadelphia from throughout the world.”

Select’s Operating Committee Chairman William R. Sasso, Esq., Chair of Stradley Ronon said, “The impact of jobs, both as a result of expansions and the need to accommodate more employees in the region, is outstanding. In fact, as a result of business growth in the region, more than 3 million workers made Greater Philadelphia the 5th largest metro area in 2013 in terms of employment.”

The scoreboard featuring full regional rankings is included in the Governor’s Cup story found at siteselection.com.

The Governor’s Cup Awards are the annual Site Selection suite of awards that recognize the Top States in the nation based on new or expanded facilities over the past 12 months, as well as the Top Metropolitans and Top Industries.

 

 

Top 10 Metro Areas: Tier One New and Expanded Facilities in 2013                                                                        (Metros with population over 1 million)

Metro Totals
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, Ill.-Ind.-Wis. 373
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, Texas 255
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, Texas 178
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, Ga. 164
Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, Mich. 129
Cincinnati, Ohio-Ky.-Ind. 122
Kansas City, Mo.-Kan. 111
Columbus, Ohio 102
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, Pa.-N.J.-Del.-Md. 97
New York-Newark-Jersey City, N.Y.-N.J.-Pa. 91

Select Greater Philadelphia & Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce Partner with Business Development Agencies on Marketing Campaign

Here for the Making Campaign Encourages Businesses, Global Travelers, and Conventions

to Choose Greater Philadelphia

Regional sales, marketing, business and economic development organizations came together to launch the first joint business attraction campaign – ‘Here for the Making.’  From groundbreaking discoveries to history changing conventions, this new campaign highlights Greater Philadelphia as a place where people from all backgrounds can pursue their own goals and dreams – from the making of an innovative business venture, successful convention, or even a new career. For more information, visit www.discoverPHL.com/makeitPHL. 

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Select Greater Philadelphia Assists Commuter-Services Company in Relocating Headquarters to Philadelphia

Following an extensive site selection process, vRide, a provider of commuter transportation services, announced on February 12 that it has relocated its corporate headquarters to Philadelphia.

vRide has entered into a lease for a 4,300-square-foot loft-style site in Old City, Philadelphia. The company will invest more than $1.6 million to support the expansion through renovations, site improvements and new equipment. vRide also committed to creating 75 new jobs within three years.

Helped by Select Greater Philadelphia (Select) in their real estate site search, vRide was also assisted by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s Governor’s Action Team and the Department of Community and Economic Development, and the City of Philadelphia.

“The daily commute is about to get cheaper, cleaner and less stressful. vRide’s innovative technology application will take cars off the road and make commuting more productive. It is a great fit for Greater Philadelphia’s growing technology economy,” said Thomas G. Morr, CEO of the regional economic development organization, Select Greater Philadelphia. “Select was delighted to collaborate with business leaders and officials from Pennsylvania and Philadelphia to help attract the company headquarters here” Morr said.

The company received a funding proposal from the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development which offered a $250,000 Pennsylvania First Program grant, $150,000 in Job Creation Tax Credits, and a $29,100 Guaranteed Free Training grant to be used for skills training for both new and incumbent employees. The company has accepted the funding proposal, but must still apply for each loan and grant and agree to the terms prior to award receipt.

“When evaluating the ideal location for our new headquarters, we looked for a city with great talent, infrastructure and a positive approach to sustainability, “vRide CEO Ann Fandozzi said.  ”It was clear that Philadelphia was the perfect choice for us as we continue to develop consumer and business technologies that enable commuters to find the best ride to work. We thank the Corbett administration, the city and Select Greater Philadelphia on helping make this a success.”

“Philadelphia is increasingly home to one of the country’s most exciting and dynamic technology sectors and vRide is a great addition to the community,” said Mayor Michael A. Nutter. “Most exciting is that vRide’s move into this space was made possible by the fast growth of another technology company, Artisan Mobile, which moved into even larger space in Old City to accommodate additional employees. All very positive signs that Philadelphia is the place to be if you want to start and grow your business.”

Founded in 1977 as Van Pool Services, Inc. as a subsidiary of the Chrysler Corporation, vRide now serves 40 metropolitan regions. The world’s largest private provider of commuter transportation services was purchased by TPG Growth, LLC in 2010. For more information on vRide visit www.vride.com.

 

Australia-Based Energy Efficiency Company to Position U.S. Headquarters in Philadelphia

Australian-based energy efficiency company, Ecosave, has selected Philadelphia for the location of its U.S. headquarters and first location in North America.

Working with Select Greater Philadelphia (Select), the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development’s Office of International Business Development, PIDC, and the City of Philadelphia, Ecosave has set up operations at The Navy Yard, investing more than $10 million at the site. The project is estimated to create 125 new jobs.

In 2010, the company contacted Pennsylvania’s investment representative in Sydney and began looking to expand into the U.S. market. In June 2013, Ecosave purchased an engineering company in Bristol, Pennsylvania and will soon be moving from that site into the new space.

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