MAYOR NUTTER HOSTS SECOND ANNUAL TEEN SUMMER JOB & OPPORTUNITIES FAI

Announces first annual KEYSPOT Online Teen Summer Job Fair to run during Spring Break

Philadelphia, April 1, 2015 – Mayor Michael A. Nutter and Fun Safe Philly Summer hosted the second annual Teen Summer Job & Opportunities Fair at Temple University. The fair offered paid and volunteer summer opportunities to youth aged 16 to 24. More than 300 students from schools across the city were invited to attend the fair, where they students attended a job and interview skills workshop and met with more than 30 employers and organizations offering job positions, volunteer opportunities, and related resources.

In addition to the event at Temple, Mayor Nutter kicked off the first annual KEYSPOT Online Teen Summer Job & Opportunities Fair, which runs from April 1st thru April 4th, for youth who were unable to attend the in-person Fair at Temple.  Job and internship seekers can connect to the online job fair through KEYSPOTs (free computing centers throughout the city) or from a personal computer to access summer job applications and preparedness tools. The online fair can be accessed at www.funsafephillysummer.com/jobs.

“Summer jobs are a valuable building block to a successful career, placing young people on the path to success,” said Mayor Nutter. “Both the in-person and online Teen Summer Job & Opportunities Fair provide young people with access to summer jobs that will teach them responsibility, financial skills, and soft job skills that you can’t learn in the classroom. Ensuring Philadelphia’s young people have access to these formative opportunities has been a goal of my Administration, and I encourage young people throughout the city to take advantage of the tools available to them.”

Companies and organizations from sectors as diverse as arts and culture, food service and grocery, retail, recreation, and hospitality participated in the job fair at Temple.  As a sponsor of the event, Wawa provided free lunches to all participants. Dave Filano, Manager of Talent Acquisition at Wawa said, “We are thrilled to partner for a second year with the City of Philadelphia to sponsor the Teen Summer Job & Opportunities Fair. Providing young people with early opportunities to thrive and grow in the workplace sets them on a road to success, which is good for our economy and our company.” In addition to Wawa’s donation, ticket vouchers for an upcoming baseball game were provided to all students by the Philadelphia Phillies.

Kenneth E. Lawrence, Jr., Senior Vice President for Governmental Relations at Temple University, said, “Temple University is delighted to welcome the Teen Summer Job & Opportunities Fair to campus providing Philadelphia’s youth with the chance to apply for meaningful summer employment through a variety of employers and institutions. As an educational leader in Philadelphia, we understand the importance of summer workplace experiences for our students and encourage all youth to work or volunteer during the summer months.”

Maia Jachimowicz, Director of Policy for the City of Philadelphia, added, “The Teen Summer Job & Opportunities Fair is a great reminder that summer is just around the corner. Fun Safe Philly Summer connects youth and families to free and low-cost programs and activities, summer employment and information regarding free summer meals. Connect with us @PhillySummer to learn more about fun and healthy opportunities across the city.”

For more information on summer youth programming options and for a full list of program start dates and times, call 3-1-1 or log on to www.funsafephillysummer.com. Follow Fun Safe Philly Summer on Twitter @PhillySummer or on Tumblr at www.funsafephillysummer.tumblr.com.

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About Fun Safe Philly Summer

Fun Safe Philly Summer is an initiative of the Office of Mayor Michael A. Nutter that provides Philadelphia’s youth with resources and opportunities for staying active and engaged all summer long.  To get information on free and low-cost programs and activities, youth employment, and the free summer meals program, visit www.funsafephillysumer.com or follow Fun Safe Philly Summer on Twitter @PhillySummer

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CITY OF PHILADELPHIA CELEBRATES JAZZ APPRECIATION MONTH

Mayor Michael A. Nutter Launches Celebration with Official Proclamation at City Hall

Philadelphia, April 1, 2015 – Mayor Michael A. Nutter, Chief Cultural Officer Helen Haynes and the Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy (OACCE) lead the City of Philadelphia in the 5th annual celebration of Philadelphia Jazz Appreciation Month at an event in City Hall.

Mayor Nutter continued the tradition of proclaiming April as Philadelphia Jazz Appreciation Month by honoring a Philadelphia jazz legend.  Jazz icon McCoy Tyner, a West Philadelphia native, will be honored this year.  Past honorees are legendary jazz musicians Benny Golson, Ron Carter, Charlie Rice, and the Jazz Orchestra of Philadelphia.

“Philadelphia is home to a rich jazz legacy,” said Mayor Michael A. Nutter. “Since 2011, we have set aside April to observe National Jazz Appreciation Month in Philadelphia and recognize this city’s place in jazz history. This year, I am pleased to honor McCoy Tyner – one of the jazz greats who have called this city home – to kick off a month-long celebration showcasing the sheer volume and outstanding caliber of jazz artists in Philadelphia.”

Jazz Appreciation Month will feature the launch of an outdoor promotional campaign based on the theme “Jazz Lives in Philadelphia,” highlighting notable Philadelphia jazz artists. With its rich jazz history, the City of Brotherly Love will celebrate with live performances, art exhibitions, discussion panels, and films showcasing the power of jazz in different shapes and forms. Philadelphia Jazz Appreciation Month reflects on the jazz heritage of the city, along with the vibrant jazz scene that persists to this day.

“Philadelphia is one of the most important jazz legacy cities in the world,” said Helen Haynes. “We have produced some of the most iconic figures in jazz history and still do. From the seminal influence of John Coltrane to the avant-garde work of Sun Ra to the soul jazz of Jimmy Smith and Grover Washington, we cover the spectrum of styles in the jazz lexicon. Jazz is America’s unique art form, which has influenced music globally. We celebrate this great legacy during Philadelphia Jazz Appreciation Month.”

The OACCE has partnered with more than 20 arts and culture organizations to promote more than 40 jazz events throughout the city during the month of April. Philadelphia Jazz Appreciation Month partners include the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, the Philadelphia Clef Club of Jazz and Performing Arts, Opera Philadelphia, Center City Jazz Festival, and Ars Nova Workshop.

Highlights of the events include the Philadelphia Clef Club’s 20th anniversary celebration, with performances by the Kenny Garrett Quintet and Jazz & Performing Arts Film Series, the 4th Annual Center City Jazz Festival, featuring 16 bands performing at four Center City venues over six hours on April 25th, and a rare duo performance of jazz greats Herbie Hancock and Chick Corea at the Academy of Music on April 11th.

In addition to supporting the Philadelphia jazz community; Jazz Appreciation Month also raises public awareness of the significant contributions jazz has made to Philadelphia’s arts and culture sector, and to the entire city.

For the full schedule and latest news about Philadelphia Jazz Appreciation Month, visit: www.CreativePHL.org/jazzFacebook.com/CreativePHL and on Twitter @CreativePHL and follow #PhillyJazzMonth.

Philadelphia Jazz Appreciation Month Playlists

Philadelphia Jazz Appreciation Month playlists, featuring the favorite jazz works of noted Philadelphians, including Mayor Michael Nutter, from the world of arts, politics, and food will be released during the month on CreativePHL.org and Creative Philadelphia’s social media profiles: Facebook.com/CreativePHLand on Twitter @CreativePHL.

2015 Philadelphia Jazz Appreciation Month Honoree – McCoy Tyner

McCoy Tyner was born in the city of Philadelphia in 1938, growing up during the fertile jazz and R&B scene of the early 1950s. At 17, he began a career-changing relationship with Philadelphian John Coltrane, then sideman saxophonist with Miles Davis. Tyner joined Coltrane for the classic album My Favorite Things (1960), and remained at the core of The John Coltrane Quartet, one of the most influential groups in jazz history. He performed on Coltrane’s classic recordings such as Live at the Village Vanguard, Impressions and Coltrane’s signature suite, A Love Supreme.

After leaving the Coltrane Quartet, Tyner would go on to release nearly 80 albums under his name. His 1972 Grammy-nominated album Sahara, broke new ground incorporating the sounds and rhythms of Africa. His blues-based piano style – sophisticated chords and explosively percussive left hand – is one of the most identifiable sounds in improvised music. He has continually expanded his vision of the musical landscape and incorporated new elements, whether from distant continents or diverse musical influences. This incredibly talented musician and disarmingly modest man has earned four Grammys, has been honored as a Jazz Master by the National Endowment for the Arts and continues to be a strong influence on generations of improvisers.

Creative Philadelphia — Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy

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: www.creativephl.orgwww.facebook.com/creativephl and on Twitter @creativephl.

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MAYOR NUTTER RELEASES ‘MY BROTHER’S KEEPER’ LOCAL ACTION REPORT

Philadelphia, March 31, 2015 - Mayor Michael A. Nutter announced the release of the Philadelphia ‘My Brother’s Keeper’ (MBK) Local Action Report highlighting how Philadelphia will sustainably improve outcomes for youth in Philadelphia—particularly boys and young men of color—by leveraging existing, evidence-based programs and by making investments in proven initiatives.

Since accepting the MBK challenge in September 2014, the Nutter Administration has hosted listening meetings throughout the city with stakeholders and young people to identify City and community programs that produce positive outcomes for young people, identified partner organizations to drive the agenda forward, determined the baseline data that highlights the disparities for boys and young men of color, and established a common framework for the work.

“The My Brother’s Keeper Initiative has brought an incredibly important issue to the National stage—how do we provide generation of boys and young men with the opportunity and ability to succeed?,” said Mayor Nutter. “In Philadelphia, we have highlighted our programs, initiatives, and policies that promote improved outcomes for boys and young men of color. This report is Philadelphia’s framework on how to drive this conversation and this work forward.”

Mayor Nutter also announced that the City will increase investments in programs that have been identified as reducing disparities: a $1 million investment in the READ! By 4th Grade, a city-wide grade-level reading strategy, a $3 million investment for the Philadelphia Youth Network to increase the number of high-quality, paid summer jobs, and the Community College of Philadelphia will receive an additional $3 million in increased support to eliminate tuition increases for the 2015-2016 school year.

The My Brother’s Keeper Challenge is a call from President Obama to cities and communities throughout the United States to identify collective opportunities for collaboration to improve outcomes for boys and young men of color. The goals of the My Brother’s Keeper Challenge and their Philadelphia leads are to ensure that all:

  • Children enter school cognitively, physically, socially and emotionally ready: Mayor’s Office of Community Empowerment and Opportunity;
  • Children read at grade level by 3rdgrade: Free Library of Philadelphia;

And then, to ensure that all older youth:

  • Graduate from high school: Project U-Turn;
  • Complete post-secondary education or training: Community College of Philadelphia;
  • If they are out-of-school, they are employed: Philadelphia Youth Network; and
  • Remain safe from violent crime: Philadelphia Youth Violence Prevention Collaborative.

The major findings of the report include continuing engagement with young people, who are excited and interested in being active participants in this work; streamlining overlapping initiatives, such as City summer internship and employment programs, to provide young people with enhanced access to these opportunities; and to standardize data across multiple platforms to better measure progress.

Individuals and organizations interested in participating in the ongoing work can emailMBKPhilly@phila.gov. To learn more about the findings for each milestone, the report can be accessed at www.phila.gov.

SEE REPORT

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MAYOR NUTTER TO RELEASE CITY’S MBK ACTION REPORT

WHO:            Mayor Michael A. Nutter

                        Broderick Johnson, White House Cabinet Secretary and Chair, My Brother’s Keeper Task Force

                        Dr. Donald Generals Jr., President, Community College of Philadelphia

                                   

WHAT:          Mayor Nutter will release the City of Philadelphia’s ‘My Brother’s Keeper’ Local Action Report.

 

WHERE:        Community College of Philadelphia, Center for Business and Industry,

2nd Floor, 18th & Callowhill Streets

 

WHEN:          Tuesday, March 31, 2015                       10:30 a.m.              

 

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CITY OF PHILADELPHIA ANNOUNCES BIKE SHARE LAUNCH DATE

Philadelphia, March 30, 2015 –Mayor Michael A. Nutter announced that the launch of the Indego bike share system will take place at noon on Thursday, April 23rd at Eakins Oval. Members of the public are welcome to join the festive kick-off event, which will feature music, brief remarks, and a ceremonial ride on the new bikes by members of Indego. The docking stations where Indego bikes will be parked will operate 24 hours a day all year at 70 locations in neighborhoods from Point Breeze, Passyunk and Center City to Yorktown, Olde Kensington, Francisville and Spruce Hill. Bike share users can access bikes at any station by using member cards or credit/debit cards and return them to any other station.

“I am thrilled that we are launching Indego in less than 30 days. Great cities provide residents, commuters, and visitors with great transportation and recreation options. Indego adds another option to get around, stay healthy, and experience our wonderful City,” said Mayor Nutter.

Affordable membership options
Beginning today, memberships are available from www.rideindego.com. Users are encouraged to sign up before the April 23rd launch.  System members will receive a key that allows to access a bike at any Indego station.  Indego30 is a 30-day membership plan that provides members unlimited one-hour rides.  It is priced at just $15 per month and is available with credit card, debit card, and cash payment options. For credit card customers, the membership will renew automatically and can be cancelled at any time. Cash payments will be facilitated by PayNearMe, an electronic cash payment system that allows consumers to make cash payments at local stores. After signing up for membership via the Indego website, PayNearMe will send each consumer a bar code by text message or email. Consumers then take that bar code to participating 7-Eleven or Family Dollar stores and pay for the Indego membership in cash.

All Indego members will get 10 percent off bicycle helmets at select bike shops and athletic stores around Philadelphia.

Membership discounts for Independence Blue Cross Members and Dollar Days for everyone

As the official sponsor of Indego bike share, Independence Blue Cross supports the health and wellness of all Philadelphians by encouraging everyone to integrate physical activity into our daily lives. Through September 30, 2015, Independence Blue Cross members can enjoy their first 30 days of an Indego30 membership for just $5. Additionally, on twelve Independence Dollar Days throughout the year, beginning with the May 15 Bike to Work Day, everyone can try Indego for just $1 for the first half hour.

“We believe Indego will inspire people to get outside and get active, and that will strengthen the well-being of Philadelphia,” said Daniel J. Hilferty, Independence Blue Cross president and CEO. “That’s why we will give our members a 75 percent discount off the first month of membership and why we’ve arranged for 12 Dollar Days throughout the year when anyone in our community can ride an Indego bike for just one dollar.”

Indego is the first large bike share system in North America to offer:

  • A 30-day membership that will renew automatically and can be cancelled at anytime;
  • A pay-as-you-ride membership, in which you pay only for the rides you take;
  • Membership options that include 60 minutes of  ride time before users incur additional fees; and
  • A cash payment option for 30-day memberships.

“We are proud that Indego will be America’s most accessible bike share program. Our pricing structure provides great value, puts customers in control of how much they spend, and is easy to understand. With options that allow members to take trips that last up to 60 minutes, we’ve made Indego a great option for getting around or just taking a ride to enjoy the city and get some exercise. For tourists, jumping on an Indego bike using our flat half-hour rate makes the decision to try Indego easy,” said Andrew Stober, Chief of Staff in the Mayor’s Office of Transportation and Utilities.

Indego Preview Event

Indego will hold a preview event on Thursday, April 2 from noon to 2 PM at Paine Plaza across from City Hall. During the event, a docking station and bikes will be on display, and visitors can try the system, find out about membership options, and purchase memberships.

More about bikes, stations and staying in the know

All Indego bikes will be equipped with a bell and front and rear lights. Each bike will also be inscribed with a safety message that encourages helmet use and cautions riders to yield to pedestrians, avoid riding on sidewalks, ride with traffic, and obey all traffic lights and signs.

“As a Philadelphia-based company, we are so proud to help make this amazing system a reality,” said Alison Cohen, President and CEO of Bike Transit. “Bike share is such an efficient, fun, and convenient way to get around. From promotion and to customer service to maintenance of the world class BCycle bikes, Indego is powered by Philadelphians for Philadelphians. We couldn’t be more excited to have such a positive impact on the City.”

Over the past eight months, officials from the City of Philadelphia have conducted public outreach, attended community meetings and invited Philadelphians to vote on station locations online, via text-message and paper surveys. More than 5,600 Philadelphians provided nearly 11,000 comments on station locations.  The City has placed stations where they will be useful, convenient and compatible with the surrounding environment.

For more information on Indego, the station locations, and updates on the program, including membership registration and docking station map, visit Philadelphia’s bike share program website: www.RideIndego.com.

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MAYOR NUTTER ANNOUNCES STARTUP PHL ANGEL FUND INVESTMENT IN GENCORE SYSTEMS

PIDC and First Round Capital partner to invest in Philly startups

 

Philadelphia, March 27, 2015 – Mayor Michael A. Nutter announced that the Startup PHL Angel Fund has made a $100,000 investment in Gencore Systems, a software company based in Philadelphia founded by a computer science professor at the University of Pennsylvania.

“The growth of a vibrant startup economy is one of the most exciting developments to take place in this city over recent years and my Administration is proud to do all we can to continue to promote Philadelphia as one of America’s top startup cities,” said Mayor Nutter.  “Through Startup PHL and a range of other initiatives we are providing the resources and support system to help exciting companies start, stay and grow in Philadelphia.  Thank you to our partners at PIDC and First Round Capital for making this work possible.”

Gencore Systems offers a non-intrusive, network-based application performance management solution that provides deep-insights into service delivery and user experience of cloud applications, and helps troubleshoot performance bottlenecks in a proactive manner. The Gencore solution is compatible with both private and public cloud setups, as well as data centers that deploy state-of-the-art Software-defined Networking (SDN) technologies. The company is a spinoff from the University of Pennsylvania, and has incorporated award-winning research into its products.

“We are excited to receive the Startup PHL investment, and plan to use the funding to continue product development, and enhance our product through our ongoing pilot deployments with customers,” said Gencore Systems founder Boon Thau Loo.  “Gencore Systems is delighted to be in Philadelphia. We have been able to benefit from a steady stream of engineering and business talent from local universities. Moreover, the community here is close-knit, and we have always been able to get advice from other entrepreneurs when approached. We look forward to growing the company here in this city.”

Startup PHL is an initiative between the City of Philadelphia, PIDC, and First Round Capital to support the growth of startups in Philadelphia.  The Startup PHL Seed Fund and Startup PHL Angel Fund are partnerships between PIDC and leading venture capital firm First Round Capital to make investments in Philadelphia-based startups.  Gencore Systems is the seventh company to receive an investment.

“We’re thrilled to be investing in a company with such deep roots in Philadelphia’s academic community, and are extremely excited to see what lies in store for Gencore,” said Josh Kopelman, Partner at First Round Capital.

The Startup PHL Call for Ideas is a grant program managed by the Department of Commerce providing grants to initiatives or organizations that are supporting startups and entrepreneurs in Philadelphia.  The program has provided ten grants to date investing $217,400 in Philadelphia’s startup community through a range of organizations such as Startup Corps, Philly Startup Leaders, Ben Franklin Technology Partners, Campus Philly, and the Philly Dev Camp.  An announcement of additional grants is expected to be made in the coming weeks.

To learn more about Startup PHL visit www.startupphl.com.

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MAYOR NUTTER ANNOUNCES DEPARTURE OF DEPUTY MAYOR FOR TRANSPORTATION & UTILITIES

hiladelphia, March 27, 2015 – Mayor Michael A. Nutter announced the departure of Rina Cutler, Deputy Mayor for Transportation & Utilities, who will become the Senior Director for Major Station Planning and Development with Amtrak.  In this role, Ms. Cutler will advance large-scale, multi-party master plans for Amtrak’s largest stations across the country.  Deputy Mayor Cutler’s last day of City employment will be in April 17, 2015.

“Rina Cutler is passionate about public service, the future of cities, and innovation and diversity,” said Mayor Nutter.  “It is with deep appreciation I announce her resignation and wish her well in her new position with Amtrak.  She will bring a lifetime of talent, energy and passion to infrastructure development on a national stage at a time when Americans must plan for and invest in greener, more sustainable transit.”

In March 2008, Mayor Nutter appointed Ms. Cutler as Deputy Mayor for Transportation & Utilities to better coordinate the mission of City departments and agencies like Streets, Water, the Philadelphia International Airport, City Planning, Public Property and the Energy Office, and to manage relationships with owners of significant regional infrastructure like PECO, PGW, DRPA, PennDOT, Amtrak, private railroads, and the PPA. The Office of Transportation & Utilities works hard ensure that Philadelphians can get where they are going, no matter how they choose to get there; be it by foot, bike, car or public transit, and that Philadelphia’s water, electricity and gas systems are of the highest caliber with a shared vision of increased mobility and sustainability.

During her tenure, Deputy Mayor Cutler has overseen many projects and partnerships which have enhanced the quality of life for all Philadelphians:

  • In 2010, the new $67M South Street Bridge opened on time and on budget connecting the neighborhoods of Center City, South Philadelphia and University City and serving millions of pedestrians, cyclists and vehicles every year.
  • In 2012, the City signed the ‘Green City, Clean Waters’ agreement with the EPA, the first of its kind, which is a national model for urban stormwater management.
  • The expansion, acquisition of new carriers and other enhancements at Philadelphia International Airport.
  • A new level of collaboration between the City and SEPTA, leading to better communication between the agency and City departments like Streets and Water, and better service for customers.
  • In 2009, Mayor Nutter signed an Executive Order regarding the City’s “Complete Streets” plan, which mandates that city streets must be available to all types of transportation: cars, trucks, bicycles and pedestrians.  The City has seen a 10% drop in pedestrian-involved accidents through efforts like synchronized stop lights, improved street lighting and signage, and new cost-saving LED lights. 
  • In Spring 2015, the City will launch its new bike share program, Indego, which will benefit from years of investment in bike lanes and trails across the city and region.
  • In 2008 the City introduced single-stream recycling collection on the same day as trash pickup and in 2010, it launched the Recycling Rewards partnership, both of which have increased recycling citywide and tripled the City’s diversion rate.

“I am honored to have had the opportunity to serve Mayor Nutter and the citizens of Philadelphia for the past seven years,” said Deputy Mayor Cutler.  “With Mayor Nutter’s leadership and the incredible work of the staff in my office, the Commissioners of the Streets and Water Departments and the CEO of the Airport, Philadelphia’s infrastructure and transportation service are significantly better than in 2008.  More importantly, all are on track to be even better in the years to come. The focus on how to use our streets differently, make them safer for all users, that public space is a crucial amenity has been driven by a Mayor who had a vision for how transportation can improve safety, sustainability and economic development.”

Deputy Mayor Cutler was named the 2011 Public Works Leader of the Year by American City and County Magazine.  This award is given annually to professionals who demonstrate outstanding leadership in public works.

Prior to joining the Nutter Administration in 2008, Ms. Cutler served as the Deputy Secretary for Administration at PennDOT since 2003.  In addition, Ms. Cutler served for almost 2 years as the Acting District Executive at PennDOT for the 5 county Philadelphia region. Her prior experience includes Transportation Commissioner for the City of Boston, the Director of Parking and Traffic for the City of San Francisco and the Executive Director of the Philadelphia Parking Authority.

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