Concludes week of Inaugural events.
Philadelphia, January 6, 2012 – Mayor Michael A. Nutter and Deputy Mayor and Managing Director Rich Negrin announced the opening of a new computer center at the Frankford Community Development Corporation in partnership with the PhillyRising Collaborative. The computers were donated by Temple University. PhillyRising is a program that targets Philadelphia neighborhoods plagued by chronic crime and disorder problems that require a coordinated, multi-agency response. Following the inaugural address on Monday, the Mayor visited communities across the city to highlight key priorities—crime reduction, education and addressing poverty—and programs as he enters his second term.
“During this week, I have visited neighborhoods throughout the city, highlighting progress we have made in crime reduction, workforce development and educational opportunities for our young people,” said Mayor Nutter. “Imagine if every young person in our city received a quality education at an excellent school. Imagine if we removed the illegal guns from our communities, and all Philadelphians could expect to live in peace. Imagine if we attract new companies who create new jobs that Philadelphians are ready to assume. This is all within our reach, and we will succeed together as one Philadelphia.”
The new computer lab at Frankford CDC is in a neighborhood that was previously without public computer options for residents. On Feb. 26, the Mayor’s PhillyGoes2College Office and the Campaign for Working Families will host a free FAFSA and tax-filing workshop for area residents. Also, the Frankford CDC has signed an agreement with the Pennsylvania CareerLink to host their software and will serve as a community employment resource.
Throughout the week, Mayor Nutter hosted a series of inauguration week events that reflected and highlighted the priorities of his inaugural address. On Monday, immediately following the inauguration ceremony, the Mayor met with Sister Mary Scullion and eight residents of Project H.O.M.E. to discuss workforce development and training options for Philadelphians. On Tuesday, the Mayor highlighted education by touring Temple University with juniors from Girard College and by visiting Dunbar Academic Plus School, a Promise Academy, to preview yesterday’s trip to Denver to learn more about their district-charter collaboration compact and highlight the Philadelphia Great Schools Compact. On Wednesday, Mayor Nutter, Councilman Kenyatta Johnson, Deputy Mayor and Managing Director Rich Negrin, and Deputy Police Commissioner Kevin Bethel toured the PhillyRising Collaborative neighborhood of Point Breeze to view, firsthand, the results of partnership and clean ups in the community and to discuss with residents how this positively effects public safety.