STEMCITYPHL REGIONAL NETWORK SELECTED TO LAUNCH THE STEM ECOSYSTEMS INITIATIVE

City of Philadelphia and STEMcityPHL partners selected as one of 27 inaugural communities by the STEM Funders Network to support Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) opportunities for youth

Philadelphia, September 3, 2015 –  The City of Philadelphia’s STEMcityPHL, a partnered campaign to build collective public impact for STEM education and opportunities, was selected by the STEM Funders Network (SFN), a group of national grant providers from corporate and private foundations, as one of 27 communities to pilot the national STEM Ecosystems Initiative in its inaugural year.

“I am thrilled that STEMcityPHL has been recognized for the work that it has already done to inspire children, especially low-income, minority and female youth, to get involved in STEM.  We know that our regional economy is growing and thriving in STEM-related fields, and by investing in children now and engaging them in STEM opportunities, we are building a better educated and prepared workforce of the future,” said Mayor Michael A. Nutter.  “I want to congratulate our partners in this process.  It is only through collective efforts that we will be able to expand and extend STEM education and opportunities.  Thanks also to SFN for seeing our hard work and supporting us as we work to reach more children and families throughout the Philadelphia region.”

The STEMcityPHL Regional Network was one of more than 70 communities invited to apply for the Ecosystem Initiative.  As a selected community, STEMcityPHL will receive support from SFN to better prepare and connect young people with the growing STEM economy.  This designation provides no financial support.

“These innovative communities are providing STEM learning opportunities for millions of young people both in- and out-of-school,” said SFN co-chairs Gerald Solomon, Executive Director, Samueli Foundation, and Ron Ottinger, Executive Director, Noyce Foundation. “It is an initiative to design the kind of infrastructure that ensures that STEM learning is truly ‘everywhere’ and is a top priority for communities supporting youth to develop the skills and knowledge they need for success in a global workforce.”

STEMcityPHL, a partnership between the Mayor’s Office of Education, the Philadelphia Education Fund and other area non-profits, works to connect young people throughout the Philadelphia region with learning opportunities that prepare them for STEM careers – the fastest growing employment sector in the region.

“We have 530,000 STEM jobs in the region and currently aren’t graduating students ready to benefit from them,” said Darren Speilman, President and CEO, Philadelphia Education Fund.  “A collaborative collective approach is the only way to move the needle on this critical issue. If we want young people to succeed, jobs to stay, and the economy to grow, we all need to pull together in the same direction to get there. This initiative will help us do just that.”

The 21st Century Partnership for STEM Education served as the lead on STEMcityPHL’s application for the Ecosystem Initiative.

“The significance of this project is that it will establish a much stronger relationship between national education funders and our local foundation and corporate community and education providers,” added F. Joseph Merlino, President, 21st Century Partnership for STEM Education.  “This enhanced relationship will enable us to devise coordinated and compelling approaches to better preparing young people for high demand and high wage jobs in the 21st economy, as well as to be more informed socially responsible citizens.”

Launched the Clinton Global Initiative meeting held in Denver, the STEM Funders Network STEM Learning Ecosystems Initiative forms a national Community of Practice with expert coaching and support from leaders such as superintendents, scientists and others. The first gathering of the Community of Practice will be hosted at the White House in November.

For more information about the STEM Ecosystems Initiative, log on tohttp://www.stemecosystems.org/.

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About the STEM Funders Network The SFN was formed in 2011 by a small group of funders from the Grant Makers for Education community to focus attention and better coordinate funding in support of robust STEM programs across the country. The SFN members fund individually as well as collectively and their work has supported the adoption and implementation of NGSS in all 50 states as well as dozens of STEM programs of promise.

Ecosystem funding members of the STEM Funders Network include: Samueli Foundation, Noyce Foundation, Overdeck Foundation, Charles and Lynn Schusterman Foundation, and Simons Foundation with support by Amgen Foundation, Broadcom Foundation, KDK Foundation, Pinkerton Foundation and Tiger Woods Foundation.

Posted in Mayor's Press Releases

ITY OF PHILADELPHIA RELEASES INFORMATION FOR 2015 LIVE NATION ‘BUDWEISER MADE IN AMERICA’ FESTIVAL

Philadelphia, September 1, 2015 – The City of Philadelphia released details for the 2015 Budweiser Made in America music festival — an exciting, two-day music event during Labor Day weekend. Nowin its fourth year, the event will be produced locally by Live Nation, Roc Nation and DPS on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway.

Shawn “Jay Z” Carter has once again curated the roster of more than 60 performers – 10 featured on the new TIDAL stage – who embody the diverse American musical spirit. The City of Philadelphia will provide some operational support for the festival.

“Each summer, Budweiser Made in America offers a spectacular opportunity to showcase the city nationally and internationally, while adding to our reputation as a great city to host big events.  Whether it is the World Meeting of Families, the Democratic National Convention or Jay Z and the Budweiser Made In America team, Philadelphia is the city of choice,” said Mayor Michael A. Nutter.  “For the fourth year in a row, Labor Day weekend will provide a winning combination of music, culture and community, with the iconic Benjamin Franklin Parkway as the backdrop.  Festival ticket-holders and visitors to our cultural institutions are all welcome to take part in a relaxing weekend of holiday fun.”

The Budweiser Made in America Festival in Philadelphia will benefit United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey and United Way of Lancaster County. The Festival’s primary goal is to have a positive impact on the communities involved; investing money in the education and health of the most vulnerable and needy citizens in these regions.

Festival Activities & Information

The 2015 Budweiser Made in America artists will perform on five stages (the Rocky, Liberty, Freedom, Tidal and Skate stages) along the Parkway on Saturday, September 5 and Sunday, September 6. Performances are scheduled to begin at 1:15 p.m. and doors will open each day at noon.

 For more tickets and general information on the Budweiser Made In America Festival, visitmadeinamericafest.com. Stay connected on Facebook (@MadeInAmericaFest), or follow the festival on Twitter and Instagram (@miafest). Be sure to use the hashtag #BudweiserMadeInAmerica all weekend long. For fans unable to attend the festival, performances will be streamed at www.tidal.com

 Road Closures

To accommodate the venue construction and two-day festival, a process of gradual road closures along the Benjamin Franklin Parkway and in key sections of the Fairmount neighborhood began this week, with street closings increasing each day. The full set of closures on the Parkway are scheduled to be implemented by 10 a.m. on Friday, September 4. The full extent of these closures will be in place until Tuesday, September 8.

Delays can be expected and motorists are advised to avoid the area by using alternate routes, and allow for extra driving time in the areas near these festivities before and during Labor Day weekend.Please refrain from double-parking, which creates congestion, limits traffic flow and is illegal.

There are three phases of road closures associated with the construction of the Festival site that are in effect, now through Tuesday, September 8th A detailed list of closures is below:

Phase 1:

  • Two lanes in front of the Philadelphia Art Museum currently will be closed, as needed; this change will continue through Tuesday, September 8th at 5 a.m.

Phase 2:

  • Thursday, September 3rd: The inner lanes of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway (the inbound and outbound lanes), from 20th Street to Eakins Oval, will be closed until Tuesday, September 8th at 5 a.m.

Phase 3:

  • Friday, September 4th:Starting at 10 a.m., due to the closure of the outer lanes on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, traffic headed inbound (to Center City) from Spring Garden Street Bridge or Martin Luther King Drive must exit Eakins Oval on the 24th Street ramp.  Traffic headed inbound on Kelly Drive must exit the Drive at Fairmount Avenue.

The full extent of road closures around the festival site will begin on Saturday at 10 a.m., and remain through the duration of the event. A complete list of road closures and ‘no parking’ restrictions follows

Road Closures

–          The entire width of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, beginning at 18th Street extending through Eakins Oval (25th Street) and behind the Philadelphia Museum of Art

–          21st Street, between Winter & Spring Garden streets

–          22nd Street, between Race Street & Fairmount Avenue

–          23rd Street, between the Benjamin Franklin Parkway & Fairmount Avenue

–          24th Street, between Fairmount & Pennsylvania avenues

–          25th Street, between Fairmount & Pennsylvania avenues

–          Spring Garden Street, between 20th & 31st streets, including the Spring Garden Street

tunnel

–          Kelly Drive, between 23rd Street & Fairmount Avenue

–          Martin Luther King Drive, between the Falls Bridge & the Benjamin Franklin Parkway

–          Pennsylvania Avenue, between Hamilton & Fairmount Avenues

–          2000 block of Pennsylvania Avenue, between the Whole Foods store & 21st Street (the

eastern half of the block, from the Whole Foods Market to 20th Street, will remain open to allow access to the store)

–          Park Towne Place between 22nd & 24th streets

–          I-676 Westbound off-ramp at 22nd Street (the I-676 Eastbound off-ramp at 23rd Street will beopen)

No parking at these locations:

–          Pennsylvania Avenue between 22nd Street & Fairmount Avenue (south side of street)

–          Winter Street between 20th & 22nd Streets (both sides of street)

–          20th Street between Vine Street & Callowhill Street (east side of street)

–          21st Street between the Benjamin Franklin Parkway & Race Street (both sides of street)

–          22nd Street between Winter & Spring Garden Streets (both sides of street)

–          Park Towne Place between 22nd & 24th Streets (both sides of street)

Public Transportation and Paid Parking

SEPTA will operate enhanced service on many routes to help fans get to and from the concert grounds. Service changes include:

Broad Street and Market Frankford Lines: Local train service will operate every 5 minutes throughout the day on Saturday and Sunday beginning at noon, with additional trains operating from Center City when the concerts end. Race-Vine and City Hall Stations on the Broad Street Line and 15th Street Station on the Market Frankford Line provide easy walking access to the festival gates on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. The Broad Street and Market Frankford Lines will offer overnight service as usual on Saturday.

Regional Rail: Additional late-night train service will be available on SEPTA’s Regional Rail Lines on Saturday and Sunday nights departing from Jefferson, Suburban and 30th Street Stations. Special schedules have been posted in stations and are also available online at:http://www.septa.org/events/pdf/2015-08-mia-rrd-service.pdf.  If the concert runs late on Saturday or Sunday, these trains will be held for 20 minutes after the concert ends. Parking is free at all SEPTA-owned Regional Rail lots on weekends. Parking lot location information is available online at: http://www.septa.org/parking/index.html

Trolley: Additional evening trips will be added on Trolley Routes 10, 11, 13, 15, 34 and 36 for service to and from the concert. Trolley stations 19th and 22nd Streets provide easy walking access to the Parkway. Route 15 connects with enhanced Broad Street and Market Frankford Line service at Girard Avenue.

Bus: Due to Festival-related street closures, SEPTA Routes 7, 32, 33, 38, 43 and 48 will be detoured from its normal routes through the Benjamin Franklin Parkway area beginning at 10:00am on Friday, September 4 through 5:00 am on Monday, September 7. Specific route changes are available on the System Status Page at www.septa.org

SEPTA Customer Service will extend its hours of operation on Saturday and Sunday, with phone and online agents available from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Customer service can be reached at 215-580-7800 and directly on Twitter @septa_social. For more information on SEPTA and NJTransit routes and schedules during Labor Day weekend, visit www.septa.org or call 215-580-7800, and www.njtransit.org or call 973-275-5555

PHLASH transportation is an inexpensive way to visit key attractions in Center City ($2 per ride or $5 all-day) and the Parkway vicinity. The PHLASH bus will operate Saturday, September 5 and Sunday, September 6 — from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. — with stops at 22 locations including many in Center City. For trips to the Parkway on those days, use Stop 6 at 18th Street and the Parkway behind the Sister Cities Park & Visitor Center. Find PHLASH on the go, with live updates at RidePhillyPHLASH.com and visitwww.phillyphlash.com for a schedule and route details

If driving is necessary, commercial off-street parking lots and garages conveniently are located on or near the Parkway. Contact individual facilities in advance for rates and availability, or visit the Philadelphia Parking Authority’s website at http://philapark.org/ for a list of parking options. Budweiser Made in America is not affiliated with these parking facilities.

Cultural Institutions

Most of the cultural institutions on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway will maintain normal hours of operation and, in some cases, even extend schedules during the Festival and throughout Labor Day weekend. Exceptions will be the Moore College of Art & Design (closed Labor Day weekend) and the Rodin Museum (closed September 5 and 6, and reopening on Labor Day, Monday, September 7). The Rodin Museum is under the operation of the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

Parking, either free or paid, is available directly at or near the institutions. Refer to theparkwaymuseumsdistrict.org or the institutions’ individual websites for more information on exhibit hours, ticketing, parking, accessibility and accommodations.  A list of cultural institutions and parking information follows:

Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Perelman Building Annex

26th Street & Benjamin Franklin Parkway, www.philamuseum.org, 215-763-8100

  • During the Budweiser Made in America Festival, the west entrance of the museum will be open and visitors may obtain access via pathways north and south of this entrance. Art Museum Drive will be open at 25thStreet, with access to the museum’s parking garage for museum visitors throughout the weekend. The east entrance east steps and Spring Garden tunnel will not be open. The museum’s visitor shuttle will not be in service.

Rodin Museum

21st Street & Benjamin Franklin Parkway, www.rodinmuseum.org, 215-763-8100

Barnes Foundation

2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, www.barnesfoundation.org, 215-278-7200

  • Parking: A museum parking lot is accessible from Pennsylvania Avenue, between 20thand 21ststreets, on a first-come, first-served basis. An ADA accessible entrance is at 20thStreet & Pennsylvania Avenue. Valet parking during operating hours is available in the car and taxi drop-off area on 20th Street, between the Ben Franklin Parkway and Pennsylvania Avenue. There also are commercial off-street parking lots, or street parking may be available nearby.

The Franklin Institute

222 North 20th St., www.fi.edu, 215-448-1200

  • Parking: The Franklin Institute’s parking garage entrance is at 21stand Winter streets, and The Franklin Institute will be open throughout Labor Day Weekend.

Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University

19th Street & Benjamin Franklin Parkway, www.ansp.org, 215-299-1000

Parkway Central Library 

1901 Vine Street, www.freelibrary.org, 215-686-5322

The Parkway Central Library is closed on Monday, Labor Day.

  • Parking: There is on-street parking and a paying lot nearby at Callowhill Street, between 19thand 20th streets.  

Fairmount Waterworks

640 Waterworks Drive, http://www.fairmountwaterworks.org/, 215-685-0723  

  • Parking: 2-hour public parking, on a first-come, first-serve basis. Additional parking on Sedgley Avenue, across Kelly Drive.

The Pennsylvania Academy for the Fine Arts

118-128 N. Broad Street, www.pafa.org, 215-972-7600

  • Parking: PARKWAY parking complex is available on the Broad street entrance just south of Race Street. The PARKWAY lot is also available on 15thstreet, between Cherry and Race. Metered street parking is in the surrounding areas on Race, Arch and the numbered streets.

Venue Details and Public Safety Information

The vicinity of the festival on the Parkway will be firmly secured and protected for maximum public safety. The enclosed event boundaries are: 20th Street, from Pennsylvania Avenue to Park Town Place; Pennsylvania Avenue, from 20th to 25th streets;  the south side of  Eakins Oval, from Martin Luther King Drive to 24th Street, and  Park Towne Place, from 24th to 20th streets.

Throughout the concert weekend, the City will provide a strong presence of law enforcement and emergency medical services. The City and Budweiser Made in America officials will utilize a network of prevention and response services, which will be integrated, mobile and in constant communication.

The Budweiser Made in America venue features three entrances/exits for ticket-holders during the two-day festival. The main entrance is at 21st Street and the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. A second general admission entrance is at 23rd Street and Pennsylvania Avenue. Re-entry to the venue will NOTbe permitted on either day

Access to the venue is limited strictly to Festival ticket-holders, who will be subject to searches before being permitted inside the venue to ensure the enjoyment and safety of everyone at the Festival. Ticket holders should be prepared for additional searches inside the venue at the discretion of Festival security staff. Spectators are strongly discouraged from carrying bags, backpacks, or satchels of any kind.  All bags are subject to search.  The public can do their part by using common sense. If you are attending the festival activities, make a plan regarding driving, public transit, parking, supervision of children and wearing comfortable attire.

Leave no bags or items unattended. In an emergency or to report a suspicious person, activity or item (a backpack, a package, a container), notify a police officer immediately or call 9-1-1. Do not try to open, move, cover or touch a suspicious item.

Items allowed inside the venue include:

–               Factory-sealed plastic water bottles 1 per person up to 1 liter.

–               Empty plastic water containers 1 per person up to 64 ounces for re-use at water refill stations.

–               Drinking water will be available for purchase and there will be water stations for re-filling bottles.

–               One small non-framed backpack or bag subject to search and re-search (all searched bags will be tagged following search)

–               Blankets and towels

–               Umbrellas (small hand-held only)

–               Non-professional cameras, flip-cams, camera phones

–               Sunscreen, sunglasses, government issued I.D., cash/debit cards/credit cards are encouraged.

Items NOT allowed inside the venue include but are not limited to:

–               Weapons and contraband of any kind (regardless of permitting, e.g. Right-to-Carry permits will not be honored and weapons will be confiscated)

–               Fireworks or explosives

–               Illegal or illicit substances of any kind

–               Hydration packs of any kind (backpacks, waist bands or other hydration items and inserts)

–               Food and non-water beverages including alcohol taken in from the outside

–               Pets (except trained service animals)

–               Flyers, handbills, posters, stickers (no solicitation allowed)

–               Chairs

–               Glass containers

–               Skateboards, motorized vehicles or scooters

–               Coolers

–               Professional recording devices or cameras (no detachable lenses or tripods meant for   commercial use)

–               Fluorescent plastic lights (glow sticks)

–               Laser pointers

–               Items that would obstruct others’ view of the stages (kites, flag poles, large signs, etc.)

Take missing or lost persons to a security location, which will be identified on the Parkway.

Lost and Found items can be taken to various Information Tents throughout the venue.

“Location markers” will be posted to clearly and easily identify a location or section (by letter and number, example: KK-1) to facilitate communicating in the event of an emergency.

Information booths on the Parkway and EMS First Aid stations are located at the north and south sides of 23rd Street and the Parkway. 

For more information on the venue, concessions, accommodations and directions, visitwww.MadeInAmericaFest.com

Emergency Weather Alerts & Heat-related Precautions Information

Budweiser Made in America is a rain or shine event. In the case of severe weather, listen for announcements and sign up ahead of time to receive emergency texts or e-mail alerts at ReadyPhiladelphia: www.phila.gov/ready. Plan for a safe, informed holiday.

In the event of high temperatures, be aware of the risk of heat-related health issues. EMS personnel will be on duty all day at an accessible First Aid Station and will be on patrol to monitor activities. Many heat stress or heat exhaustion issues can be avoided by taking simple precautions.

  • Stay hydrated by drinking lots of water; avoid over-indulging in alcoholic liquids, caffeine and avoid wearing excessive layers of clothing.
  • Consider the Three L’s Rule: light-colored, lightweight and loose-fitting. Wear garments made of natural fibers like cotton.

For tips and general information about being prepared and ready at special events, read the Special Event Safety Guide before you attend.  Visit: https://alpha.phila.gov/news/oem/office-of-emergency-management-creates-special-events-safety-guide-for-visitors-attending-large-gatherings/

Posted in Mayor's Press Releases

CITY OF PHILADELPHIA RELEASES INFORMATION FOR 2015 LIVE NATION ‘BUDWEISER MADE IN AMERICA’ FESTIVAL

The City of Philadelphia released details for the 2015 Budweiser Made in America music festival — an exciting, two-day music event during Labor Day weekend. Now in its fourth year, the event will be produced locally by Live Nation, Roc Nation and DPS on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway.

 

Shawn “Jay Z” Carter has once again curated the roster of more than 60 performers – 10 featured on the new TIDAL stage – who embody the diverse American musical spirit. The City of Philadelphia will provide some operational support for the festival. 

 

“Each summer, Budweiser Made in America offers a spectacular opportunity to showcase the city nationally and internationally, while adding to our reputation as a great city to host big events.  Whether it is the World Meeting of Families, the Democratic National Convention or Jay Z and the Budweiser Made In America team, Philadelphia is the city of choice,” said Mayor Michael A. Nutter.  “For the fourth year in a row, Labor Day weekend will provide a winning combination of music, culture and community, with the iconic Benjamin Franklin Parkway as the backdrop.  Festival ticket-holders and visitors to our cultural institutions are all welcome to take part in a relaxing weekend of holiday fun.”

 

The Budweiser Made in America Festival in Philadelphia will benefit United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey and United Way of Lancaster County. The Festival’s primary goal is to have a positive impact on the communities involved; investing money in the education and health of the most vulnerable and needy citizens in these regions.

 

Festival Activities & Information

The 2015 Budweiser Made in America artists will perform on five stages (the Rocky, Liberty, Freedom, Tidal and Skate stages) along the Parkway on Saturday, September 5 and Sunday, September 6. Performances are scheduled to begin at 1:15 p.m. and doors will open each day at noon.

 

For more tickets and general information on the Budweiser Made In America Festival, visit madeinamericafest.com. Stay connected on Facebook (@MadeInAmericaFest), or follow the festival on Twitter and Instagram (@miafest). Be sure to use the hashtag #BudweiserMadeInAmerica all weekend long. For fans unable to attend the festival, performances will be streamed at www.tidal.com 

 

Road Closures

To accommodate the venue construction and two-day festival, a process of gradual road closures along the Benjamin Franklin Parkway and in key sections of the Fairmount neighborhood began this week, with street closings increasing each day. The full set of closures on the Parkway are scheduled to be implemented by 10 a.m. on Friday, September 4. The full extent of these closures will be in place until Tuesday, September 8.  

 

Delays can be expected and motorists are advised to avoid the area by using alternate routes, and allow for extra driving time in the areas near these festivities before and during Labor Day weekend. Please refrain from double-parking, which creates congestion, limits traffic flow and is illegal.

 

There are three phases of road closures associated with the construction of the Festival site that are in effect, now through Tuesday, September 8th A detailed list of closures is below:

 

Phase 1:

  • Two lanes in front of the Philadelphia Art Museum currently will be closed, as needed; this change will continue through Tuesday, September 8th at 5 a.m.

 

Phase 2:

  • Thursday, September 3rd: The inner lanes of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway (the inbound and outbound lanes), from 20th Street to Eakins Oval, will be closed until Tuesday, September 8th at 5 a.m.

 

Phase 3:

[if !supportLists]·         [endif]Friday, September 4th: Starting at 10 a.m., due to the closure of the outer lanes on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, traffic headed inbound (to Center City) from Spring Garden Street Bridge or Martin Luther King Drive must exit Eakins Oval on the 24th Street ramp.  Traffic headed inbound on Kelly Drive must exit the Drive at Fairmount Avenue.

 

The full extent of road closures around the festival site will begin on Saturday at 10 a.m., and remain through the duration of the event. A complete list of road closures and ‘no parking’ restrictions follows:

 

Road Closures

          The entire width of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, beginning at 18th Street extending through Eakins Oval (25th Street) and behind the Philadelphia Museum of Art

          21st Street, between Winter & Spring Garden streets

          22nd Street, between Race Street & Fairmount Avenue

          23rd Street, between the Benjamin Franklin Parkway & Fairmount Avenue

          24th Street, between Fairmount & Pennsylvania avenues

          25th Street, between Fairmount & Pennsylvania avenues

          Spring Garden Street, between 20th & 31st streets, including the Spring Garden Street

        tunnel

          Kelly Drive, between 23rd Street & Fairmount Avenue

          Martin Luther King Drive, between the Falls Bridge & the Benjamin Franklin Parkway

          Pennsylvania Avenue, between Hamilton & Fairmount Avenues

          2000 block of Pennsylvania Avenue, between the Whole Foods store & 21st Street (the

       eastern half of the block, from the Whole Foods Market to 20th Street, will remain open to allow access to the store)

          Park Towne Place between 22nd & 24th streets

          I-676 Westbound off-ramp at 22nd Street (the I-676 Eastbound off-ramp at 23rd Street will be open)

No parking at these locations:

          Pennsylvania Avenue between 22nd Street & Fairmount Avenue (south side of street)

          Winter Street between 20th & 22nd Streets (both sides of street)

          20th Street between Vine Street & Callowhill Street (east side of street)

          21st Street between the Benjamin Franklin Parkway & Race Street (both sides of street)

          22nd Street between Winter & Spring Garden Streets (both sides of street)

          Park Towne Place between 22nd & 24th Streets (both sides of street)

 

Public Transportation and Paid Parking

SEPTA will operate enhanced service on many routes to help fans get to and from the concert grounds. Service changes include:

 

Broad Street and Market Frankford Lines: Local train service will operate every 5 minutes throughout the day on Saturday and Sunday beginning at noon, with additional trains operating from Center City when the concerts end. Race-Vine and City Hall Stations on the Broad Street Line and 15th Street Station on the Market Frankford Line provide easy walking access to the festival gates on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. The Broad Street and Market Frankford Lines will offer overnight service as usual on Saturday.

 

Regional Rail: Additional late-night train service will be available on SEPTA’s Regional Rail Lines on Saturday and Sunday nights departing from Jefferson, Suburban and 30th Street Stations. Special schedules have been posted in stations and are also available online at: http://www.septa.org/events/pdf/2015-08-mia-rrd-service.pdf.  If the concert runs late on Saturday or Sunday, these trains will be held for 20 minutes after the concert ends. Parking is free at all SEPTA-owned Regional Rail lots on weekends. Parking lot location information is available online at:  http://www.septa.org/parking/index.html

 

Trolley: Additional evening trips will be added on Trolley Routes 10, 11, 13, 15, 34 and 36 for service to and from the concert. Trolley stations 19th and 22nd Streets provide easy walking access to the Parkway. Route 15 connects with enhanced Broad Street and Market Frankford Line service at Girard Avenue.

 

Bus: Due to Festival-related street closures, SEPTA Routes 7, 32, 33, 38, 43 and 48 will be detoured from its normal routes through the Benjamin Franklin Parkway area beginning at 10:00am on Friday, September 4 through 5:00 am on Monday, September 7. Specific route changes are available on the System Status Page at www.septa.org

 

SEPTA Customer Service will extend its hours of operation on Saturday and Sunday, with phone and online agents available from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Customer service can be reached at 215-580-7800 and directly on Twitter @septa_social. For more information on SEPTA and NJTransit routes and schedules during Labor Day weekend, visit www.septa.org or call 215-580-7800, and www.njtransit.org or call 973-275-5555.

    

PHLASH transportation is an inexpensive way to visit key attractions in Center City ($2 per ride or $5 all-day) and the Parkway vicinity. The PHLASH bus will operate Saturday, September 5 and Sunday, September 6 — from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. — with stops at 22 locations including many in Center City. For trips to the Parkway on those days, use Stop 6 at 18th Street and the Parkway behind the Sister Cities Park & Visitor Center. Find PHLASH on the go, with live updates at RidePhillyPHLASH.com and visit www.phillyphlash.com for a schedule and route details.

 

If driving is necessary, commercial off-street parking lots and garages conveniently are located on or near the Parkway. Contact individual facilities in advance for rates and availability, or visit the Philadelphia Parking Authority’s website at http://philapark.org/ for a list of parking options. Budweiser Made in America is not affiliated with these parking facilities.

 

Cultural Institutions

Most of the cultural institutions on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway will maintain normal hours of operation and, in some cases, even extend schedules during the Festival and throughout Labor Day weekend. Exceptions will be the Moore College of Art & Design (closed Labor Day weekend) and the Rodin Museum (closed September 5 and 6, and reopening on Labor Day, Monday, September 7). The Rodin Museum is under the operation of the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

 

Parking, either free or paid, is available directly at or near the institutions. Refer to the parkwaymuseumsdistrict.org or the institutions’ individual websites for more information on exhibit hours, ticketing, parking, accessibility and accommodations.  A list of cultural institutions and parking information follows:

 

Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Perelman Building Annex

26th Street & Benjamin Franklin Parkway, www.philamuseum.org, 215-763-8100

 

[if !supportLists]·         [endif]During the Budweiser Made in America Festival, the west entrance of the museum will be open and visitors may obtain access via pathways north and south of this entrance. Art Museum Drive will be open at 25th Street, with access to the museum’s parking garage for museum visitors throughout the weekend. The east entrance east steps and Spring Garden tunnel will not be open. The museum’s visitor shuttle will not be in service.

 

Rodin Museum

21st Street & Benjamin Franklin Parkway, www.rodinmuseum.org, 215-763-8100

 

Barnes Foundation

2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, www.barnesfoundation.org, 215-278-7200

[if !supportLists]·         [endif]Parking: A museum parking lot is accessible from Pennsylvania Avenue, between 20th and 21st streets, on a first-come, first-served basis. An ADA accessible entrance is at 20th Street & Pennsylvania Avenue. Valet parking during operating hours is available in the car and taxi drop-off area on 20th Street, between the Ben Franklin Parkway and Pennsylvania Avenue. There also are commercial off-street parking lots, or street parking may be available nearby.

 

The Franklin Institute

222 North 20th St., www.fi.edu, 215-448-1200

[if !supportLists]·         [endif]Parking: The Franklin Institute’s parking garage entrance is at 21st and Winter streets, and The Franklin Institute will be open throughout Labor Day Weekend.

 

Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University

19th Street & Benjamin Franklin Parkway, www.ansp.org, 215-299-1000

[if !supportLists]·         [endif]Parking: There is metered parking near the Academy. For more information about off-street parking, visit http://ansp.org/visit/plan/directions-and-parking/ or the Philadelphia Parking Authority’s website at http://philapark.org/

 

Parkway Central Library 

1901 Vine Street, www.freelibrary.org, 215-686-5322

The Parkway Central Library is closed on Monday, Labor Day.

[if !supportLists]·         [endif]Parking: There is on-street parking and a paying lot nearby at Callowhill Street, between 19th and 20th streets.   

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Fairmount Waterworks

640 Waterworks Drive, http://www.fairmountwaterworks.org/, 215-685-0723  

[if !supportLists]·         [endif]Parking: 2-hour public parking, on a first-come, first-serve basis. Additional parking on Sedgley Avenue, across Kelly Drive.

 

The Pennsylvania Academy for the Fine Arts

118-128 N. Broad Street, www.pafa.org, 215-972-7600

[if !supportLists]·         [endif]Parking: PARKWAY parking complex is available on the Broad street entrance just south of Race Street. The PARKWAY lot is also available on 15th street, between Cherry and Race. Metered street parking is in the surrounding areas on Race, Arch and the numbered streets.

 

Venue Details and Public Safety Information

The vicinity of the festival on the Parkway will be firmly secured and protected for maximum public safety. The enclosed event boundaries are: 20th Street, from Pennsylvania Avenue to Park Town Place; Pennsylvania Avenue, from 20th to 25th streets;  the south side of  Eakins Oval, from Martin Luther King Drive to 24th Street, and  Park Towne Place, from 24th to 20th streets.

Throughout the concert weekend, the City will provide a strong presence of law enforcement and emergency medical services. The City and Budweiser Made in America officials will utilize a network of prevention and response services, which will be integrated, mobile and in constant communication.

The Budweiser Made in America venue features three entrances/exits for ticket-holders during the two-day festival. The main entrance is at 21st Street and the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. A second general admission entrance is at 23rd Street and Pennsylvania Avenue. Re-entry to the venue will NOT be permitted on either day

 

Access to the venue is limited strictly to Festival ticket-holders, who will be subject to searches before being permitted inside the venue to ensure the enjoyment and safety of everyone at the Festival. Ticket holders should be prepared for additional searches inside the venue at the discretion of Festival security staff. Spectators are strongly discouraged from carrying bags, backpacks, or satchels of any kind.  All bags are subject to search.  The public can do their part by using common sense. If you are attending the festival activities, make a plan regarding driving, public transit, parking, supervision of children and wearing comfortable attire.

 

Leave no bags or items unattended. In an emergency or to report a suspicious person, activity or item (a backpack, a package, a container), notify a police officer immediately or call 9-1-1. Do not try to open, move, cover or touch a suspicious item.

 

Items allowed inside the venue include: 

[if !supportLists]               [endif]Factory-sealed plastic water bottles 1 per person up to 1 liter.

[if !supportLists]               [endif]Empty plastic water containers 1 per person up to 64 ounces for re-use at water refill stations. 

[if !supportLists]               [endif]Drinking water will be available for purchase and there will be water stations for re-filling bottles. 

[if !supportLists]               [endif]One small non-framed backpack or bag subject to search and re-search (all searched bags will be tagged following search)

[if !supportLists]               [endif]Blankets and towels

[if !supportLists]               [endif]Umbrellas (small hand-held only)

[if !supportLists]               [endif]Non-professional cameras, flip-cams, camera phones

[if !supportLists]               [endif]Sunscreen, sunglasses, government issued I.D., cash/debit cards/credit cards are encouraged.

 

Items NOT allowed inside the venue include but are not limited to:

[if !supportLists]               [endif]Weapons and contraband of any kind (regardless of permitting, e.g. Right-to-Carry permits will not be honored and weapons will be confiscated)

[if !supportLists]               [endif]Fireworks or explosives

[if !supportLists]               [endif]Illegal or illicit substances of any kind

[if !supportLists]               [endif]Hydration packs of any kind (backpacks, waist bands or other hydration items and inserts)

[if !supportLists]               [endif]Food and non-water beverages including alcohol taken in from the outside

[if !supportLists]               [endif]Pets (except trained service animals)

[if !supportLists]               [endif]Flyers, handbills, posters, stickers (no solicitation allowed)

[if !supportLists]               [endif]Chairs

[if !supportLists]               [endif]Glass containers

[if !supportLists]               [endif]Skateboards, motorized vehicles or scooters

[if !supportLists]               [endif]Coolers

[if !supportLists]               [endif]Professional recording devices or cameras (no detachable lenses or tripods meant for   commercial use)  

[if !supportLists]               [endif]Fluorescent plastic lights (glow sticks)

[if !supportLists]               [endif]Laser pointers

[if !supportLists]               [endif]Items that would obstruct others’ view of the stages (kites, flag poles, large signs, etc.)

 

Take missing or lost persons to a security location, which will be identified on the Parkway.

 

Lost and Found items can be taken to various Information Tents throughout the venue.

 

“Location markers” will be posted to clearly and easily identify a location or section (by letter and number, example: KK-1) to facilitate communicating in the event of an emergency. 

 

Information booths on the Parkway and EMS First Aid stations are located at the north and south sides of 23rd Street and the Parkway. 

 

For more information on the venue, concessions, accommodations and directions, visit www.MadeInAmericaFest.com

 

Emergency Weather Alerts & Heat-related Precautions Information

Budweiser Made in America is a rain or shine event. In the case of severe weather, listen for announcements and sign up ahead of time to receive emergency texts or e-mail alerts at ReadyPhiladelphia: www.phila.gov/ready. Plan for a safe, informed holiday.

 

In the event of high temperatures, be aware of the risk of heat-related health issues. EMS personnel will be on duty all day at an accessible First Aid Station and will be on patrol to monitor activities. Many heat stress or heat exhaustion issues can be avoided by taking simple precautions.

 

[if !supportLists]§  [endif]Stay hydrated by drinking lots of water; avoid over-indulging in alcoholic liquids, caffeine and avoid wearing excessive layers of clothing.

 

[if !supportLists]§  [endif]Consider the Three L’s Rule: light-colored, lightweight and loose-fitting. Wear garments made of natural fibers like cotton. 

 

[if !supportLists]§  [endif]For more information on being prepared for excessive heat visit: https://alpha.phila.gov/natural-hazards/excessive-heat/

 

For tips and general information about being prepared and ready at special events, read the Special Event Safety Guide before you attend.  Visit: https://alpha.phila.gov/news/oem/office-of-emergency-management-creates-special-events-safety-guide-for-visitors-attending-large-gatherings/

 

 

Posted in Mayor's Press Releases, Press Release

MAYOR NUTTER, WMOF OFFICIALS TO ANNOUNCE INTERNATIONAL MAYORS FORUM

WHO:            Mayor Michael A. Nutter

                        Donna Crilley Farrell, Executive Director, World Meeting of Families

Ed Lovelidge, Managing Partner, PricewaterhouseCoopers – Philadelphia Metro

Dr. Colleen Hanycz, President, LaSalle University

WHAT:      Mayor Nutter and World Meeting of Families officials will announce the International Mayors Forum, a new event, which is being added to the World Meeting of Families Congress and is co-sponsored by PricewaterhouseCoopers and LaSalle University.

WHERE:        Mayor’s Reception Room, Room 202 City Hall

WHEN:      Tuesday, September 1, 2015            10:00 a.m.           TODAY

Posted in Mayor's Press Releases, Media Advisory

MAYOR NUTTER, CITY OFFICIALS AND COMMUNITY LEADERS CUT RIBBON ON PLAYGROUND IN SOUTH PHILLY

Philadelphia, August 31, 2015 – Mayor Michael A. Nutter, Councilman Kenyatta Johnson, Philadelphia Eagle Connor Barwin, members of the philanthropic organization Urban Roots, and community partners gathered to participate in a ribbon cutting ceremony for a renovation project at Ralph Brooks Park, located at 20th and Tasker Streets.  Led by Philadelphia Parks & Recreation and Philadelphia Water, the total cost of the project was approximately $450,000.

“Improving access to parks and recreational spaces is a long process which involves infrastructure changes, natural resource management, and the creation of healthy, sustainable spaces,” said Mayor Nutter.  “As a city government, we have an obligation to provide these things for citizens.  But we can’t do it alone – we rely on public-private partnerships to implement our plans for better neighborhoods, plans like TreePhilly, Green2015, Green City Clean Water and many others.   Today is a wonderful example of the city partnering with community organizations and the private sector to restore a playground in a community that lacks abundant public play spaces.”

The park is named after former South Philadelphia resident Ralph Brooks. At the age of seven, Brooks was wounded at the park during a shooting in 1988 and left paralyzed.  The incident galvanized the community to launch anti-violence efforts, and the park has carried his name since that time.  Through his advocacy, Jahmall Crandall, Founder of I.am.SP (I am South Philadelphia), helped garner support for the renovations of Ralph Brooks park.

“This is an awesome example of how community leaders, organizations, and government can come together and create something great. Our young people deserve state-of-the-art, recreational spaces. As we aim to continue to enhance the quality of life throughout the 2nd Council District, let’s continue to collaborate and put the voice of our youth first,” said Councilman Kenyatta Johnson.

Renovations included improvements to stormwater management infrastructure and playground equipment. The stormwater features include a rain garden at the southern end of the park, and an underground storage trench along its western side. A new tot lot play area, a new mural and community garden were installed and the basketball courts repaved.

“This partnership demonstrates that green infrastructure projects can manage stormwater and enhance community efforts to improve and beautify public spaces,” says Philadelphia Water Commissioner Howard Neukrug.

The project includes funding from Parks and Recreation, Philadelphia Water, Councilman Johnson, Urban Roots, Connor Barwin’s Make the World Better Foundation, PhillyRising, Mural Arts Program and the 25th Foundation.

“Ralph Brooks Park perfectly exemplifies the goals of MTWB to support projects with strong community and youth involvement that have the power to positively affect a neighborhood.  With construction now finishing up, we are all very eager to see the park become a special place for the entire community,” said Connor Barwin, Philadelphia Eagles player.

Additional project partners are the City’s Department of Public Property, Ruggiero & Plante Associates LLC, and the Philadelphia Industrial Development Corporation.

Posted in Mayor's Press Releases

MAYOR NUTTER, COUNCIL PRESIDENT CLARKE ANNOUNCE NORTH BROAD STREETSCAPE PROJECT

Philadelphia, August 26, 2015 – Mayor Michael A. Nutter and City Council President Darrell Clarke announced the North Broad Streetscape project across from a new lighting fixture outside Congregation Rodeph Shalom on the 600 block of north Broad Street.  The $8.7 million improvement initiative will feature 41 decorative light towers and landscaping from Hamilton Street (near the Philadelphia School District building) up to Glenwood Avenue (near the North Philadelphia Broad Street Line subway stop), about 2.5 miles – one of the longest stretches of streetscape improvements in the city’s history.

 

“As a government, we want do anything we can to support growth and development along this important corridor,” said Mayor Nutter.  “The North Broad Streetscape project will give this area a cohesive look and make it a safer, more inviting place for customers and residents.  This project will return North Broad Street to its former glory as a main thoroughfare for our great city.”

 

Each decorative light tower is made of stainless steel mesh and is 55-feet in height, with the actual lighting located inside the tower.  They have been designed to be reminiscent of old street lamps that were in the center of Broad Street nearly a century ago.  The lights are programmed to illuminate every night from dusk to dawn.   The entire project is expected to be completed this fall.

 

“Today we celebrate one of the most significant streetscaping projects in recent memory as well as the continued renaissance of North Broad Street,” said Council President Clarke. “These lights not only remind us of North Broad’s past as a cultural and manufacturing destination, they illuminate progress being made toward an even stronger magnet for commerce, culture and residents. The beautification of North Broad sends the appropriate signal — pun intended — that revitalizing and redeveloping North Broad is one of our top priorities as a City.”

 

The newly-formed Avenue North Renaissance community organization will work with the City, local business owners and residents to oversee maintenance of the streetscape improvements, and help with quality of life issues along the corridor from City Hall up to the intersection of Broad Street, Erie and Germantown Avenues.

 

“Today is another milestone in the renaissance of North Broad Street, and the local stakeholders and City at large can look forward to North Broad taking its place as one the great streets in America,” said Kenneth Scott, President and CEO of Beech Companies and Chair, Avenue North Renaissance.

 

The project is supported by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s System Preservation Program, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program and the City of Philadelphia’s Cultural & Commercial Corridors Program.  The project is sponsored by the City’s Department of Commerce and managed by the Department of Streets.

Posted in Mayor's Press Releases, Press Release

CITY OF PHILADELPHIA RELEASES OPEN DATA ON PROPERTY ASSESSMENTS

Philadelphia, August 26, 2015 – The City of Philadelphia released data about property assessments, including property characteristics, ownership information, sales information and assessment history for all 579,000+ parcels, on the City’s open data portal.

 

“Property assessment data impacts every homeowner and business in the city.  It is vitally important that this information, and the data used to inform it, is made available to the public,” said Mayor Michael A. Nutter.  “This release joins a growing list of more than 225 open data sets that help inform citizens and strengthen their trust in government.”

 

In addition to being available for download, the data is accompanied by a visualization tool enabling users to easily browse, filter and drill down into the data within their web browser. For example, with a few clicks, users can see which residential properties with mixed-use zoning are assessed at over $1 million, or which commercial properties in their neighborhood were built before 1975.

 

“Today’s release paints a picture of property characteristics and valuations across the city,” said Michael Piper, Chief Assessment Officer at the Office of Property Assessment. “By providing interactive charts and maps, we aim to empower residents, businesses and nonprofit groups alike through data.”

 

The data and the accompanying visualization tool can be accessed at www.opendataphilly.org.

 

Posted in Mayor's Press Releases, Press Release
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