The Office Of Arts, Culture And The Creative Economy Celebrates A+ Art Exhibit

Blick Art Materials donates $15,000 in gift certificates to 23 participating schools

Philadelphia, September 18, 2014 – The City of Philadelphia’s Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy (OACCE), in partnership with the Philadelphia School District, presented its fall exhibition A+ Art in the Art Gallery at City Hall. Each year, the OACCE partners with the Philadelphia School District’s Office of Academic Enrichment and Support to select 100 of the best art projects from its end-of-year Young Artists exhibit at the Philadelphia School District headquarters to be displayed at the A+ Art exhibit.

Additionally, the City announced that Blick Art Materials donated $15,000 worth of gift cards to the 23 participating schools to purchase materials for their art classes. OACCE will distribute the gift cards, worth $650 each, directly to the art teachers. Blick Art Supplies also gave gift bags with samples of art supplies for the students who attended the gallery reception today.

“The A+ Art exhibit recognizes that the arts are an important part of a well-rounded, high-quality education. It highlights the extraordinary artwork created by aspiring young artists and is a testament to the many dedicated art teachers, parents and administrators who passionately support these young artists and children across the city,” said Mayor Michael A. Nutter. “I want to thank Bob Buchsbaum for the $15,000 contribution from Blick Art Materials. This generous donation will help ensure that teachers can provide the art education that our children deserve.”

This year was the School District’s 58th annual city-wide Young Artists exhibit and it featured more than 1,500 works of art from approximately 150 schools. For the A+ Art exhibit, OACCE chose a representative sample of Philadelphia K –12 students from 23 schools across the city. The selected works chosen reflect an array of perspectives, cultural influences and artistic techniques. Each student artist in the A+ Art exhibit will be honored with a Mayoral Certificate of Artistic Excellence.

“Having artwork created by students of the School District of Philadelphia on display in the City Hall’s Art Gallery is an incredible opportunity to showcase their amazing talents. Art supplies need to be replenished frequently, unlike textbooks that can be used for several years before replacing,” said Deborah Klose, Director of Arts Education for the Philadelphia School District’s Office of Academic Enrichment and Support. “We cannot afford to lose the important lessons the arts teach – creativity, artistic expression and problem solving skills. We are most grateful to Bob Buchsbaum for his generous gift of art materials so we are able to continue cultivating our Young Artists exhibit.”

Bob Buchsbaum, CEO of Dick Blick Holdings, Inc., the parent company of Blick Art Materials, said, “Blick has been a long-time supporter and advocate for the arts. We continue to be involved in many national and local initiatives to support art and offset budget constrictions in schools and communities. Through our support of the A+ Art exhibit, we are proud to be able to give back to the Philadelphia community, helping students and teachers drive creativity in the classroom and beyond.”

David Brigham, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA), connected the office of OACCE with Bob Buchsbaum. David Brigham said, “Like the City, PAFA is committed to providing arts education for students in Philadelphia and is pleased to support this effort by helping to identify donors to provide art supplies for children in the public schools.”

Helen Haynes, Chief Cultural Officer, added, “Art teachers need our support so they can help children learn to express themselves in a healthy, productive way. The OACCE is trying to connect schools and teachers directly to resources beyond the school district’s limited budget, like Blick Art Supplies’ donation. Its generosity is a perfect example of how we can collaborate with outside partners to obtain resources that benefit the entire community. Also, I want to personally thank David Brigham and the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts for their help in securing this gift.”

The participating schools for A+ Art 2014 are:

Elementary and Middle Schools

  • Alexander McClure Elementary
  • Allan M. Stearne School
  • Amy Northwest
  • Baldi Middle School
  • Ellwood School
  • Amedee Bregy Elementary
  • Greenfield Elementary
  • Anna L. Lingelbach Elementary
  • Vare-Washington Elementary
  • Watson Comly School
  • William C. Bryant Promise Academy

High Schools

  • Abraham Lincoln High School
  • Academy at Palumbo
  • Benjamin Franklin High School
  • Central High School
  • Creative and Performing Arts High School
  • Frankford High School
  • Franklin Learning Center
  • George Washington High School
  • High School of the Future
  • Horace Furness High School
  • Julia R. Masterman High School
  • Philadelphia High School for Girls


For more information on A+ Art, visit:

For additional information on Art In City Hall, visit:

The mission of the City of Philadelphia’s Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy is to support and promote arts, culture and the creative industries; and to develop partnerships and coordinate efforts that weave arts, culture and creativity into the economic and social fabric of the City. For more information on the OACCE, visit: and on Twitter @creativephl.

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Forbes’ Under 30 Summit In Philadelphia To Host ‘Pressure Cooker’ Pitch Contest

Philadelphia entrepreneurs will have opportunity to win $400,000 in equity investment and Forbes advertising

Philadelphia, September 18, 2014 The Forbes Under 30 Summit announced yesterday that it will host “The $400,000 Pressure Cooker”, a ‘Shark-Tank’ style competition for entrepreneurs as judged by some of the best investors in America, including Revolution’s Steve Case and Forbes Media President & CEO Mike Perlis, a former venture capitalist at Softbank.  The competition will take place during the summit on Tuesday, October 21st at 11:20 A.M. in the Pennsylvania Convention Center.

Participants in the Under 30 Summit, who are drawn mostly from Forbes’ 30 Under 30 list, and Philadelphia entrepreneurs younger than 30 will have the chance to win a $125,000 equity investment in their startup from Steve Case and Forbes, and $275,000 in free Forbes advertising and other services. At least one of the five spots available in “The $400,000 Pressure Cooker” competition will be awarded to a Philadelphian.  Villanova School of Business Professor Stephen Andriole is leading the screening committee.

“Philadelphia is thrilled to welcome the Forbes first-ever Under 30 Summit to the City of Brotherly Love and Sisterly Affection,” said Mayor Michael A. Nutter.  “Philadelphia is best known for its historical attractions, but we have other incredible amenities, like our burgeoning restaurant and food scene, enviable arts and culture landscape and diverse economic sectors, that make us a great host city for the best and brightest young achievers – not to mention, we’re the fastest growing City for young people in America.  ‘The $400,000 Pressure Cooker’ is yet another addition to an excellent summit agenda which promises to attract preeminent entrepreneurs from across the country to Philadelphia.”

On May 12, 2014, the City of Philadelphia and Forbes announced the launch of the first-ever Under 30 Summit, which is expected to bring together more than 1,000 young entrepreneurs and game changers from across the United States.  The Under 30 Summit will take place October 19-22, 2014, at the Pennsylvania Convention Center and other venues in Philadelphia. The agenda will include “The $400,000 Pressure Cooker” pitch contest, panel discussions, TED-style presentations, an “Under 30 Music Festival” with leading bands under the age of 30, and mentorship from successful business leaders, like Danny Meyer and Jim Breyer among.  The summit will conclude with the “Under 30 Food Festival”, highlighting some of America’s most notable young chefs.

Forbes’ Under 30 Summit is an extension of Forbes magazine’s annual “30 Under 30” list – which features 30 game-changing entrepreneurs under 30, in 15 fields, as judged by some of the greatest minds in each category. Attendees of the summit will be culled from the past three years of this list, which has become one of the magazine’s most popular franchises. The third annual “30 Under 30” list generated more than 8 million page views online in just the first week of its publication in January 2014.

To review the complete Forbes Under 30 Summit agenda, visit:

To apply for “The Pressure Cooker” competition,

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City Of Philadelphia And Chop Break Ground For Innovative Community Health And Literacy Center

Philadelphia, September 18, 2014 – The City of Philadelphia and the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) hosted a ceremonial groundbreaking to announce the start of construction on the Community Health and Literacy Center, an innovative new facility that will provide healthcare, literacy and recreational services in one location for children and families in South Philadelphia. This “first of its kind” project will serve as a national model for public-private collaboration on how cities and institutions provide holistic healthcare.

When completed in late 2015, the Community Health and Literacy Center will have four fully integrated components:

  • The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia Care Network, Primary Care, South Philadelphia
  • The City of Philadelphia’s Health Center 2
  • The Free Library of Philadelphia’s South Philadelphia Neighborhood Library
  • The City of Philadelphia’s DiSilvestro Recreation Center

These four community services will be housed together as a one-stop facility for children and families to enhance their health, literacy and well-being, presenting opportunities for integrated programming.  The site of the old Health Center 2, South Philadelphia Neighborhood Library and DiSilvestro Recreation Center at 1720 South Broad (intersection of Broad and Morris Streets) will house the new facility.

“The new Community Health and Literacy Center that we are breaking ground for today is a pioneering example of how government can work with private institutions to better serve all citizens.  The City of Philadelphia is pleased to partner with CHOP, the nation’s top children’s hospital, to provide this remarkable resource for children and adults in Philadelphia,” said Mayor Michael A. Nutter. “By co-locating these essential services, the City of Philadelphia has emerged as a leader in developing strategic, resourceful approaches to increasing community health.  To the best of my knowledge, no other city in the nation has done anything like this before.”

Steven M. Altschuler, M.D., CEO of CHOP said, “The multi-purpose facility that will stand on this site represents CHOP’s commitment to finding new and innovative ways to improve the health and well-being of children.  I can think of no better partner than the City of Philadelphia to work with on this project. This Center will deliver value beyond the sum of its parts, providing access to services that promote healthy living for families and individuals throughout this community. It is the first time that a city and hospital have come together in the management of population health in ways never envisioned before.”

The facility resulting from this public-private effort originated as a solution to the unique health, educational and recreational needs of the South Philadelphia community: the City of Philadelphia was exploring options to renovate Health Center 2, the Library and Recreation Center while CHOP was simultaneously seeking to expand its burgeoning South Philadelphia primary care office.  Both entities reached an agreement to combine resources to better serve residents in the area.

Under the agreement, the City will provide a lease on the site at a nominal fee to CHOP along with $2.2 million to support construction. CHOP will develop the land, which includes the construction of a 96,000 square-foot facility and outdoor space, at a total cost of $42.5 million. The CHOP portion of the funding comes from several sources, including: private donors, hospital operating revenue, and New Market Tax Credits provided through the Chase Community Equity LLC, Chase New Markets Corporation, Philadelphia Industrial Development Corporation (PIDC), City First Bank of D.C., and Commonwealth Cornerstone Group, Ltd.

The Community Health and Literacy Center will be located on the city block bordered by South Broad Street, South 15th Street, Morris Avenue, and Castle Avenue. The 1.59 acres of land will consist of a 3-story building on the eastern side, and a new playground on the western side. The CHOP Care Network, Primary Care, South Philadelphia office will re-locate from nearby St. Agnes Hospital to the third floor of this facility. The City of Philadelphia’s Health Center 2 will be housed on the second floor.  The first floor of the new building will be dedicated to the Library, Recreation Center, lobby area and covered parking.

About Each Service:

The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia Care Network, Primary Care, South Philadelphia is one of CHOP’s fastest-growing primary care practices in Philadelphia with more than 31,000 patient visits annually.  The new facility will provide expanded space and equipment, enhancing the patient and family experience. The new 22,000 square foot space will provide an additional 6200 square feet compared to the previous location, and will accommodate six additional exam rooms and a large, inviting waiting area with dedicated space for reading and computer use by patients and families while they wait.

Health Center 2 is one of the busiest health centers in the network of health centers operated by the Philadelphia Department of Public Health, proudly serving the residents of South Philadelphia for more than 40 years. Before moving to its temporary location at the former St. Agnes Hospital to allow construction of this new facility at Broad & Morris Streets, Health Center 2 provided about 50,000 patient visits annually. Health Center 2 offers Adult and Pediatric care, women’s health care including gynecology, family planning and prenatal care, as well as dental care. The new 29,500-square-foot space will include additional exam rooms along with an additional dental operatory and state of the art radiology and mammography services.

 Built in 1961, the DiSilvestro Playground and Recreation Center was a small 1600-square-foot center with outdated equipment and a hard surface play area.  The Recreation Center offered 11 youth-oriented programs throughout the year such as computer science, art, and music.  With the new construction, the playground area will be renovated utilizing state-of-the-art construction materials to create a soft, smooth surface. The playground will feature substantial green space and a rain garden.  The Recreation Center will double in size, greatly expanding existing programming in both offerings and frequency.  New programming will take advantage of the renovated outdoor space by offering story time in the green space in partnership with the Library, and other outdoor events such as community movie nights.

The South Philadelphia Neighborhood Library is a haven for learning, social interaction and cultural activities, all located within a safe space. The South Philadelphia Library will be one of the Free Library’s new 21st Century libraries designed for the evolving way media is consumed. The new facility, which will include an additional day of operation and expanded programming, is expected to draw an additional 35,000 customers annually. The Library will receive the latest technology and a new collection when it reopens thanks to a generous gift from the William Penn Foundation. In addition to programming previously offered for both children and adults, the Library will feature a Consumer Health Resource Center, dedicated Makerspace for consumers to embark on creative activities with access to a new computer lab, 3-D printer and supplies, additional literacy programming, and career development computer education.

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Philadelphia Receives $13.5 Million In Grant Funding To Improve Birth Outcomes

The City of Philadelphia’s Department of Public Health (PDPH) and Maternity Care Coalition (MCC) were awarded together more than $13.5 million in Healthy Start grant funding by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.  The funding, which will be distributed over a five year period, will assist efforts to improve the health of mothers and newborns and to reduce health disparities among women across Philadelphia.  U.S. Secretary for Health and Human Services Sylvia M. Burwell announced the grant earlier this month.

“Our Administration works hard to support women and families in any way we can, whether it be focusing on birth outcomes or enacting legislation protecting a woman’s right to express breast milk in the workplace,” said Mayor Michael A. Nutter.  “I want to thank the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for selecting our Department of Public Health and Maternity Care Coalition, a great partner to the City, for this Healthy Start grant.”

Under this grant funding, PDPH and MCC will provide guidance, home visiting and health education to pregnant women to ensure they receive the care they need to have healthy and safe births.   PDPH will serve approximately 1,000 women annually and MCC will serve 500 women in West, Southwest, North, Northeast and Northwest Philadelphia.

“Our goal is to improve the health of women and infants and address the pernicious racial disparities in these neighborhoods,” said Health Commissioner Dr. James Buehler.

Additionally, as part of the Healthy Start grant, these women will have access to family planning resources, prenatal care and pediatric care.

“We are thrilled that we’ve been selected as a grantee for this highly competitive grant enabling us to bring MOMobile services to more families.  For nearly 35 years, MCC has worked to improve the health and wellbeing of pregnant women and their babies in neighborhoods with high rates of infant mortality,” said JoAnne Fischer, Executive Director, Maternity Care Coalition.

PDPH was awarded one of only 15 Level III Healthy Start grants intended to provide leadership and mentorship to other Healthy Start sites across Pennsylvania.  In total, 33 states received Healthy Start funding.  The Healthy Start program began in 1991 and is managed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration.

For more information about Healthy Start, visit


About PDPH Division of Maternal, Child and Family Health Division

The Philadelphia Department of Public Health has become recognized nationally among urban health departments for its programs that are aimed at improving the health of women, children and families including initiatives to reduce obesity, tobacco use, and second-hand smoke exposure; and improve reproductive health. The Division of Maternal, Child and Family Health (MCFH) provides service and promotes education that address access to reproductive health services and knowledge of effective parenting practices. These programs aim to improve the health of women, nurture child and adolescent development and enhance resiliency. Integral to all MCFH’s activities is a focus on reducing racial and economic health disparities. Combined, these efforts aim to result in healthier families whose children will become adults capable of strengthening communities throughout Philadelphia.

About Maternity Care Coalition

Founded in 1980, Maternity Care Coalition (MCC) focuses on improving the health and wellbeing of pregnant women, parents, and young children. Its comprehensive approach includes public policy, research, and services for families. Since its founding MCC has touched more than 95,000 families throughout Southeastern Pennsylvania, focusing particularly on neighborhoods with high rates of poverty, infant mortality, health disparities, and changing immigration patterns.

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Mayor Nutter Opens Fall 2014 Philadelphia Public Policy Case Competition

Philadelphia, September 17, 2014– Mayor Michael A. Nutter opened the Fall 2014 Philadelphia Public Policy Case Competition to all undergraduate and graduate students in the Greater Philadelphia region. Following the success of the first-ever Philadelphia Public Policy Case Competition last spring, the Fall 2014 competition asks local students to offer innovative and impactful proposals in response to the question: What can the City of Philadelphia do to prevent the greatest number of students from dropping out of high school?

“The goal of the Public Policy Case Competition is to inspire our local higher education students to consider their role in the Philadelphia community beyond their school, and what they can do to make the city a better place to live, work and visit,” said Mayor Nutter. “This competition encourages students to be invested in Philadelphia and to develop creative solutions to our city’s greatest challenges. Participating in this competition is an opportunity for students to experience public policy making. I would advise students to think outside the box and to offer new and innovative ways to address the complex challenge of addressing our high school dropout rate. It is a tremendous opportunity for students to truly get involved in Philadelphia public policy.”

The deadline for proposals is Friday, October 17th by 5PM. Requests for further information, including the prompt, submission guidelines and procedure can be directed to

The Mayor’s Office of Policy Planning and Coordination and the Mayor’s Office of Education will select four finalists from the proposals. The four finalists will present before a panel of judges in City Hall on Friday, November 7th, which will be followed by a reception. The first-place team will be given the opportunity to present their proposal to Mayor Nutter, as well as tickets to a Philadelphia 76ers game in the Mayor’s box. All four teams that advance to the final round will receive a Certificate of Completion signed by the Mayor.

“As a member of the judging panel for this competition last Spring, I was very impressed with the caliber of proposals we received from students” said Deborah Diamond, President of Campus Philly. “Campus Philly knows first-hand how creative and thoughtful the students on our local campuses are and we look forward to hearing their plans and recommendations for how to prevent students from dropping out of high school.”

Maia Jachimowicz, Director of Policy, Mayor’s Office of Policy, Planning and Coordination, stated, “Hosting the case competition serves the dual purpose of soliciting new and creative proposals that can positively impact our city, while also opening the doors of City Hall to engage local students who are committed to public service.”

The Judging Panel for the Fall 2014 Case Competition is:

  • Dr. William Hite, Superintendent, Philadelphia School District;
  • Dr. Elliot Weinbaum, Program Director for Education Funding, William Penn Foundation;
  • Simran Sidhu, Executive Director, YouthBuild Philadelphia Charter School;
  • Dr. Lori Shorr, Chief Education Officer, Mayor’s Office of Education;
  • Deborah Diamond, Executive Director, Campus Philly; and
  • Jamal Johnson, a 2014 graduate of YouthBuild and current student at Pierce College.

The case competition is managed by the Mayor’s Office of Policy, Planning and Coordination and the Mayor’s Office of Education and is co-sponsored by Campus Philly.

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Mayor Nutter Announces Online Resource Center At Kick-Off Of US2020 PHL

Philadelphia, September 15, 2014 – Mayor Michael A. Nutter announced a new online science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) resource center – a community, networking and information source for STEM professionals and organizations to learn more and participate in US2020 PHL, a high-impact STEM mentoring initiative focused on increasing youth access to careers in STEM fields.  US2020 PHL is the City’s coalition-driven model, supported by title sponsor Saint-Gobain, the world’s largest building materials company, to increase STEM mentoring and was one of seven winning innovative STEM mentorship models in the US2020 City Competition.

The US2020 PHL STEM online resource center ( will eventually house a STEM asset map that will provide a comprehensive overview of current STEM-related resources and a foundation for regional growth in high-demand STEM fields.  Libraries, museums, universities, schools, nonprofits, and other organizations that offer STEM education programs will be able to connect to companies, individuals, and others STEM program supporters.

The resource center will also host US2020 PHL’s volunteer matching platform, which will link STEM professionals to local youth in mentoring relationships.  Parents and teachers will have the ability to enroll their students in high-impact, out-of-school STEM mentoring opportunities, and educators will have access to professional development resources needed to bolster in-school instruction.  The online space will be functional this fall.

“Since being selected as a US2020 City Competition winner, our coalition of partners has been hard at work bringing new leaders from the public, private, educational and philanthropic communities to the table and outlining our next steps,” said Mayor Nutter.  “The online resource center will serve as a solid foundation for connecting underserved youth to mentorship opportunities with STEM professionals, organizations and companies.  I want to thank Saint-Gobain and all of our coalition partners for their support in this process and their commitment to Philadelphia’s next generation.”

Mayor Nutter also announced that the City of Philadelphia was selected by IBM for a Strategic Planning Impact Grant to help develop a city-wide framework for STEM education and workforce development called STEMcityPHL, of which the STEM mentorship work of US2020 PHL will play a prominent role.

“STEM and innovation economy jobs are among the fastest growing sectors in Philadelphia.  But unfortunately, many of our young people and adults lack the basic skills and knowledge required to work within these fields,” said Mayor Nutter.  “By creating a city-wide, multi-faceted blueprint to coordinate resources and programs, we can identify gaps and increase STEM opportunities for Philadelphians of all ages.  I would like to thank IBM for being a great partner to the City of Philadelphia and helping us open doors to STEM careers for citizens.”

John Crowe, President and CEO, Saint-Gobain and CertainTeed Corporations, said, “Educating the next generation of the American workforce is vital to our city’s economic success and it starts with exciting Philadelphia’s youth about STEM fields of study and expanding their experiences in a diverse array of STEM careers. Taking STEM out of the classroom and into the real world will offer youth a clear pathway to stable, rewarding, in-demand careers that can ultimately help rebuild Philadelphia’s middle class while also creating a new generation of highly skilled STEM professionals that will keep Philadelphia’s business community thriving.”

Diane Melley, Vice President, Global Citizenship Initiatives, IBM, added, “IBM offers a variety of resources for the education community so it can significantly increase our pipeline of STEM professionals in the U.S. to meet the needs of our workforce.  IBM is pleased to support the City of Philadelphia with this IBM Strategic Planning Impact Grant to assist with the startup and launch of this important collaborative endeavor that will make our region even more competitive and successful.”

The announcement followed a keynote address by Derrick Pitts, Chief Astronomer and Planetarium Director for the Franklin Institute and panel discussion with Mayor Nutter and local STEM leaders, Darrell Williams, Vice President of Operations at Certain Teed Ceilings, a subsidiary of Saint-Gobain; Dr. Helen Giles-Gee, President, University of the Sciences; and Chris Lehman, Principal of Science Leadership Academy.  The panel highlighted the importance of STEM education and current STEM efforts in Philadelphia.


About US2020

US2020 is a new organization formed through a partnership of leading education non-profits and corporate leaders in the STEM field. The long-term goal of the initiative is to mobilize 1 million STEM mentors annually by the year 2020, creating millions of moments of discovery – those life changing events when children launch rockets, build robots, write a computer program, or look into the farthest reaches of the universe.  US2020 relies on a committed and growing community of public, private, non-profit and individual partners.

About US2020 PHL

The strength of US2020 PHL comes from its growing coalition of more than 125 educational and corporate organizations that are committed to preparing and inspiring youth to pursue STEM careers.  The US2020 PHL team welcomes individuals and organizations to join the STEM mentoring movement by becoming a Philadelphia Coalition member, and generating a local talent base that will become the city and region’s next generation of STEM professionals.  For more information on US2020 and how to become a coalition member, please

About Saint-Gobain in North America

Saint-Gobain, the world’s largest building materials company, has its North American headquarters in Valley Forge, Pennsylvania. As the world leader in sustainable habitat, Saint-Gobain is committed to inventing solutions to help professionals and communities around the world build and renovate comfortable, healthy, economical and energy-efficient buildings. The company has more than 265 locations in North America and approximately 15,000 employees. In the United States and Canada, Saint-Gobain reported sales of approximately $7.9 billion in 2013.

Recognized as a 2009 and 2010 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Saint-Gobain earned the 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014 ENERGY STAR Sustained Excellence Award, the highest level of recognition for outstanding contributions to protecting the environment through energy efficiency. For more information about Saint-Gobain in North America, visit and connect with the company on Facebook and Twitter.

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Mayor Nutter Opens Nominations For The Richardson Dilworth Award For Distinguished Public Service

Unveils two new categories honoring Customer Service and Innovation in Government.

Nominations due November 14, 2014.

Philadelphia, September 15, 2014– Mayor Michael A. Nutter opened the nomination period for the fourth annual Richardson Dilworth Award for Distinguished Public Service. The Richardson Dilworth Award honors distinguished City employees for exemplary public service by public employees in the executive branch. In addition, two new award categories were announced to enhance the employee award program. The new awards are “Innovation in Government” and “Excellence in Public Service”. The new awards will be presented to City employees in the executive branch who have performed an exemplary act with lasting impact.

“With the opening of the newly renovated Dilworth Plaza, the gateway to City Hall, many Philadelphians have been reminded of the tremendous legacy Mayor Richardson Dilworth bestowed on our city through his commitment to inspired city planning and ethical government,” said Mayor Nutter. “This year, with two additional awards honoring customer service and innovation in government, we will recognize even more City employees whose work, above and beyond the call of duty, has made Philadelphia a better city.”

The Dilworth Award recognizes the contributions of outstanding, current, full-time, executive branch public employees whose work exemplifies excellence in public service. Over the past three years, The Richardson Dilworth Award has provided the city with an opportunity to commend the incredible work performed by its thousands of employees every day. This has resulted in three exemplary award winners—Barbara Ash, John Elfrey, and Carlton Williams—who have devoted their lives to public service and enacted lasting change in our city.

“Over the past three years, the Dilworth Award has honored distinguished City employees who would excel in the private sector, but have made the decision to offer their talents to serving Philadelphia’s public,” said Joseph H. Jacovini, Dilworth Paxson LLP. “The newly opened Dilworth Plaza is a stunning reminder of the commitment Mayor Dilworth had to his city just as Philadelphia’s excellent civil service system is a tribute to his reforms and ongoing dedication to City employees.”

Daniel J. Hilferty, president and CEO of Independence Blue Cross, added, “Independence Blue Cross is a dedicated partner with Dilworth Paxson and the City of Philadelphia in honoring excellence by our City employees. The legacy of Richardson Dilworth’s leadership is strong in Philadelphia through this award and the newly renovated Dilworth Park, and we look forward to recognizing those City employees who embody his commitment to smart and ethical government.

The two new award categories aim to encourage the nomination of employees who have performed an exemplary act in the areas of customer service and innovation. It is the City’s hope to garner a greater pool of nominations and recognize the full depth and breadth of our city’s public servants. The award categories are:

  • Richardson Dilworth Award for Distinguished Public Service ($5,000)
  • Richardson Dilworth Award for Excellence in Customer Service ($1,000)
  • Richardson Dilworth Award for Innovation in Government ($1,000)

Anyone may submit a nomination for the award. Nomination forms are available online at Paper nomination forms are available at the Mayor’s Fund for Philadelphia, Room 708, City Hall. Nominations will be accepted until Friday, November 14th, 2014. Cabinet Members and Department or Agency Heads are not eligible for nomination. Nominated employees must have served for three consecutive years and have no recent disciplinary violations.

The Richardson Dilworth Award for Distinguished Public Service is generously supported by Dilworth Paxson LLP and Independence Blue Cross.

The winners of the Award will be chosen by a selection committee comprising representatives from the public, private, and philanthropic sectors and communities across the City. The Selection Panel is co-chaired by Joseph H. Jacovini, Chairman of the Executive Committee of Dilworth Paxson LLP, and Daniel Hilferty, president and CEO, Independence Blue Cross.

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