2015 Richardson Dilworth Award Announcement

WHO:             Mayor Michael A. Nutter

 

WHAT:          Mayor Nutter will announce the winners of the 2015 Richardson Dilworth Award.

 

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

 

WHEN:          Friday, February 27, 2015                      10:30 a.m.   TODAY

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MAYOR NUTTER OPENS SPRING 2015 PHILADELPHIA PUBLIC POLICY CASE COMPETITION

Philadelphia, February 27, 2015 – Mayor Michael A. Nutter opened the Spring 2015 Public Policy Case Competition to all undergraduate and graduate college students in the Greater Philadelphia area. The Competition encourages Philadelphia-area college students to develop creative and meaningful proposals to address some of the greatest challenges facing the city. Students will respond to the Spring 2015 proposal:

 

What can the City of Philadelphia do to best improve outcomes for boys and young men of color?

 

“I have been impressed by the finalists’ proposals from our previous public policy case competitions, and I look forward to considering the innovative and significant proposals from our Philadelphia-area college students on this topic,” said Mayor Nutter. “Boys and young men of color in Philadelphia face entrenched barriers to success and improving outcomes for them would benefit the city as a whole through higher educational attainment, lower unemployment rates, and increased public safety. I am confident our college students will present thoughtful and original proposals addressing this critical issue.”

 

The Mayor’s Office of Policy Planning and Coordination and the Philadelphia “My Brother’s Keeper” Project Manager will select four finalists from the submitted proposals. Teams must submit their proposals by Friday, March 27th, at 11:59 PM, and the four finalists will present before a panel of distinguished judges in City Hall on Friday, April 17th, which will be followed by a reception announcing the winning team. The Spring 2015 Competition is jointly sponsored by Drexel University and Campus Philly.

 

“Drexel University is dedicated to our partnership with the City of Philadelphia, as we work to build vibrant communities and greater connectivity among our students with their city,” said John Fry, President of Drexel University. “The Philadelphia Public Policy Case Competition is an opportunity for students to think deeply about the policy challenges of their city and to present their best ideas directly to the Mayor. We are excited for our students and for students throughout the Greater Philadelphia area to be part of this program.”

 

Dr. Deborah Diamond, President of Campus Philly, added, “I have been continually impressed by the very high quality of work we see from students. The students Campus Philly meets at area colleges and universities are interested and invested in diverse approaches to Philadelphia’s most important issues. We anticipate innovative recommendations this semester concerning how to best improve outcomes for boys and young men of color.”

 

Maia Jachimowicz, Director of Policy for the City of Philadelphia, said, “College students provide policymakers new ideas to intractable issues and influence city government through their participation in Philadelphia’s Public Policy Case Competition. I encourage all area college students to participate.”

 

The members of the judging panel for the Spring 2015 Competition are:

 

  • Ronnie L. Bloom, Executive Director of the Stoneleigh Foundation;
  • Crystal Brown, Senior Director in the Office of Cabinet Affairs at the White House;
  • John Chin, Executive Director of the Philadelphia Chinatown Development Corporation;
  • Dr. Deborah Diamond, President of Campus Philly;
  • Cynthia Figueroa, President and CEO of Congreso; and
  • Russell Davis, youth advocate and participant in Philadelphia’s My Brother’s Keeper Youth Stakeholder Meeting.

 

The first-place team will be given the opportunity to present their proposal to Mayor Nutter, as well as tickets to a Philadelphia Phillies 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.

 

The Case Competition is being managed by the Mayor’s Office of Policy Planning and Coordination. Requests for further information should be directed to policy@phila.gov.  A copy of the prompt and submission criteria are included here.

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Mayor Michael A. Nutter’s remarks to the Democratic National Committee Meeting on Saturday, February 21, 2015

Prepared remarks follow, check against delivery.

Good morning.  Madam Chair, thank you very much for this opportunity to address this meeting of the Democratic National Committee.  It is a great honor.  To start, I’d like to ask that we join together in cheering and supporting our great Chair who will lead us to victory in 2016 – the work that she has done to provide financial security for the DNC so that we may focus on issues related to our challenges, while moving this party forward and as we move our Nation forward.  She is our great leader.  She is tough, she is strong, she is focused, and she gets the job done.  For all of that and so much more, can we please recognize Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz – our great Democratic National Committee Chair.

Also, to my friend and colleague in the work of mayors, our Secretary, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake.  In a few months in San Francisco, she will become the first African-American woman President of the United States Conference of Mayors and we could not be more proud or more excited about her leadership.

There are some strong women leaders around here, and some get nervous about strong, women leaders…well you might want to get used to that.  Madam Chair, I’ll leave that at that for the moment.

All of the officers here on the stage, please recognize the leadership team of the DNC.  And please recognize our great CEO, Amy Dacey.  We know as leaders that we don’t do this work by ourselves, it really is the folks on our staffs that make this work happen.

I want to thank all the people who work for the Chair, and Amy and her team, and the group that went all across the Nation to visit all of the cities last year, thank you for your work.   And speaking of those great cities… Phoenix, Birmingham, Columbus and New York City, please recognize them for their interest, their effort, their commitment and participation in this process to host the DNC in 2016.

On a personal level, my first convention was in 1992 in New York City.  I was a delegate for Bill Clinton.  And at the time I ran folks said, ‘why would you become a delegate for a little-known governor from, at the time, the poorest state in America who has no chance of winning?’.  I said, ‘that’s fine and I’m going to be a Clinton delegate’… and I think we all know the rest of that story.  I’m proud to say I’ve been a Clinton delegate every time there was a Clinton on the ballot… so we’ll see how that goes next year.

We are excited, we are thrilled, and again Madam Chair, we are so proud that the City of Philadelphia, our nation’s first capital city, the city of Brotherly Love and Sisterly Affection, has been selected as the host city for the 2016 Democratic National Convention.

Philadelphia is the largest city in America with an African-American mayor.  We will have an economically inclusive convention in our city.  Every opportunity to include the incredible diversity of our city and our nation will be sought out in the economics of what happens during a Democratic National Convention.

You’ll be coming to one of the most diverse cities in the United States – by race, by age, by sexual preference, and every other measure – Philadelphia truly is a microcosm of the United States of America.

Now, I won’t bore you by going over all of the reasons our city was a tremendous choice – suffice to say that Philadelphia is easy to navigate and accessible, has thousands of hotel rooms, exceptional venues for events and incredible amenities, and Philadelphia is one of the best cities in the country to host a large scale event.

But, the one draw that people kept coming back to when they talked about why Philadelphia was the perfect place for the 2016 DNC is our history.

Located in the middle of the Eastern seaboard and the second largest City in the British Empire, Philadelphia was a safe port in the contentious political storm as American colonists struggled toward a decision to break free from tyranny.

It’s where our nation’s forefathers argued and contended as they determined what form a new government might have and how it would work.  Philadelphia helped to define what we now know as democracy in the United States of America.

Philadelphia hosted the first and second Continental Congresses.  The Declaration of Independence and U.S. Constitution were signed here, and in those documents our forefathers also said that every American was entitled to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

Almost 200 years later, in 1948 at its national convention, the last Democratic National Convention hosted in Philadelphia, the Democratic Party adopted a civil rights platform.  Hurbert Humphrey urged Democrats to “…get out of the shadow of states’ rights and walk forthrightly into the bright sunshine of human right.”  And from that moment on, our party became the party of civil rights and human rights.  In that decision, the Democratic Party made history and started down a path to a more just nation for every American.

In 2008, then presidential candidate Barack Obama delivered a powerful and moving speech about race, injustice and hope in America at the Constitution Center in Philadelphia.  He said the true genius of our great nation was our ability to change.

In that speech, “A More Perfect Union”,  Barack Obama talked about what it would take to be a more perfect union.  He talked about the future he saw, a nation united in the fight against complex issues that threaten America’s strength and an election focused on the issues that matter, not the side shows that serve as nothing more than colorful and disruptive distractions.

He reaffirmed the Democratic tenants in that speech in the place where history is made and the place where liberty was wrestled free from tyranny.

Isn’t that what we’re really all about 200 years later, as Democrats?  That people should be able to enjoy their lives – that people should have liberty where they are and be able to pursue their happiness.  That’s what we’ve been doing for hundreds of years and we need to stay focused in that mission.

Some of us may have we lost sight of who we are, what we stand for and what is important.  Some may have let fear dictate our actions instead of principle.  We can’t do that in 2016.

We must have the courage to recommit ourselves to the core values of our party, to solving the challenges of our great nation and addressing the needs of our base.  We must make history again.  And there is no better place than Philadelphia to do it.

We must remember that we are the party of the middle class – and not just those in it today, but those Americans who struggle daily, who are pulling double shifts or taking night classes to work their way into it.

And here in Philadelphia, we have worked hard to keep the faith:

  • When the President said it was time to give America a raise, we responded. Philadelphia, by Executive Order, increased the minimum wage for City contractors and first tier subcontractors.
  • On the same day that Congress introduced legislation that provided paid sick leave for all employees, I signed into law legislation that enables Philadelphia workers to earn 1 hour paid sick time off for every 40 hours worked.

We can do these things.  This is who we are; it’s what we’re about.

We remember the Great Recession – some said ‘let auto fail’, but the President said ‘no’ and auto has come roaring back.  Some said we could not get healthcare but the President said ‘we will’ and millions of Americans now have healthcare.

We put millions of people to work with an economic recovery program of $800 billion when not one Republican in the House and just three in the Senate supported it – it was a month into President Obama’s term, after we had heard all about a post-racial environment, and one month later no one could stand up for Americans but Democrats all across the United States of America because that’s what we do.

We are the party of labor.  We are the party that fights for and protects workers.  We are the party that stands up for every American.  We are the party of civil rights, human rights and LGBT rights.

  •  Philadelphia has the strongest LGBT protections in the nation.

We are the party of equal pay for equal work.  We are the party that champions women’s rights – their right to think for themselves, to be treated fairly and equally, their right to do what they believe is best for themselves and their families.

We are the pro-education party.  We believe that every young person has the right to a high-quality education, beginning in head start and on through to college.  We are the party that believes every person who needs help should get it, because a hand up is never a hand out.  We are the party of community policing and public safety for all.  We’re the party of getting stuff done for Americans.

We are the party that works for the poor, that creates opportunities, and that never gives up.

Lastly, we had an incredible history lesson this morning at the Black Caucus breakfast from Chairman Butterfield – every child in America should see and hear what Chairman Butterfield said.

If you’ve not seen the movie Selma, you need to see it.  This year is the 50th Anniversary of an incredible struggle in America for voting rights, for civil rights, for human rights…the dogs, the hoses, the lynchings, the abuse, the oppression.  Activists walked 54 miles from Selma to Montgomery, and what I say to some people in Philadelphia is: and you can’t be bothered to walk 5 minutes from your house to a polling place to uphold the rights that some people suffered and died to give you, the opportunity to exercise your franchise on Election Day.

No one can stay home on Election Day.  It is a disgrace and insult to the memory of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and the active work today of Representative John Lewis and many others to not vote.

We know when we vote, we win as Democrats.  When we vote, we win elections.  So we need to make sure that everyone is registered.  But if you’re registered and you don’t go to the polls, it just doesn’t matter.

So we will give folks something to vote for.  We will give folks something to be excited about.  We’ve demonstrated what we can do when we’re active, when we’re energized, when we’re engaged.  We get things done.

The Democratic Party has made history time and time again.  And, we are ready to do it again in Philadelphia in 2016.  The road to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue comes right through Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

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Watch the video of Mayor Nutter’s speech here: http://www.c-span.org/video/?c4528742/philadelphia-mayor-michael-nutter-remarks-dnc-winter-meeting

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MAYOR NUTTER ANNOUNCES NOMINATION PERIOD OPEN FOR COMMUNITY COLLEGE OF PHILADELPHIA BOARD OF TRUSTEES

Philadelphia, February 24, 2015 – Mayor Michael A. Nutter announced that the Community College of Philadelphia Nominating Panel, consisting of academic, community, and philanthropic leaders, will accept nominations until March 5th for membership on the Board of Trustees of the Community College of Philadelphia. Board of Trustees members serve up to a six-year term, without compensation, and meet monthly. There are currently five seats open on the 15-member board.

 

“The Community College of Philadelphia is a critically important institution of higher learning, which provides students with the tools they need to succeed in their academic and work careers,” said Mayor Nutter. “I have been honored to serve as a member of the Board of Trustees, and I appreciate that CCP plays a vital role in strengthening our economy and preparing our workforce for the future. I am confident the new members of the board will bring insight and creativity to this significant work.”

 

The Community College of Philadelphia Nominating Panel will submit a list of applicants to Mayor Nutter who will select his appointments to the board. The Chair of the Nominating Panel, who is selected by the Mayor, is Rosalyn McPherson, CEO of the Urban League of Philadelphia.

 

“The Community College of Philadelphia, which brings education and training to many of our citizens, is needed more now than ever before,” said Ms. McPherson. “I look forward to reviewing the applications and—with the panel—recommending high-quality, dedicated and exceptional leaders who will help guide the college in the years to come.”

 

For consideration, applications must be received no later than 5:00 PM on March 9, 2015. To receive an application form, please contact Ms. Miah Tyree at the Urban League of Philadelphia, 121 South Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107 or email mtyree@urbanleaguephila.org.

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MAYOR NUTTER ANNOUNCES NOMINATION PERIOD OPEN FOR COMMUNITY COLLEGE OF PHILADELPHIA BOARD OF TRUSTEES

Philadelphia, February 24, 2015 – Mayor Michael A. Nutter announced that the Community College of Philadelphia Nominating Panel, consisting of academic, community, and philanthropic leaders, will accept nominations until March 5th for membership on the Board of Trustees of the Community College of Philadelphia. Board of Trustees members serve up to a six-year term, without compensation, and meet monthly. There are currently five seats open on the 15-member board.

“The Community College of Philadelphia is a critically important institution of higher learning, which provides students with the tools they need to succeed in their academic and work careers,” said Mayor Nutter. “I have been honored to serve as a member of the Board of Trustees, and I appreciate that CCP plays a vital role in strengthening our economy and preparing our workforce for the future. I am confident the new members of the board will bring insight and creativity to this significant work.”

 The Community College of Philadelphia Nominating Panel will submit a list of applicants to Mayor Nutter who will select his appointments to the board. The Chair of the Nominating Panel, who is selected by the Mayor, is Rosalyn McPherson, CEO of the Urban League of Philadelphia.

 “The Community College of Philadelphia, which brings education and training to many of our citizens, is needed more now than ever before,” said Ms. McPherson. “I look forward to reviewing the applications and—with the panel—recommending high-quality, dedicated and exceptional leaders who will help guide the college in the years to come.”

 For consideration, applications must be received no later than 5:00 PM on March 9, 2015. To receive an application form, please contact Ms. Miah Tyree at the Urban League of Philadelphia, 121 South Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107 or email mtyree@urbanleaguephila.org.

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MAYOR NUTTER CHALLENGES PHILADELPHIA EMPLOYERS TO HIRE YOUTH THIS SUMMER

Announces goal of 10,000 jobs citywide

 

 

Philadelphia, February 23, 2015 – Mayor Michael A. Nutter and other city officials, business and philanthropic leaders launched the 2015 Summer Jobs Challenge to motivate organizations from across the City of Philadelphia collectively to create 10,000 summer job opportunities for youth this year.

 

Mayor Nutter and the Philadelphia Youth Network, managing partner of the city’s cross-sector youth development initiative WorkReady Philadelphia, are encouraging Philadelphia businesses, partners and individuals to join the citywide campaign.

 

“Youth employment opportunities matter.  Youth employment and the development of a skilled, educated workforce are critical to achieving so many of our city’s long-term priorities,” said Mayor Nutter. “By providing a young person with a summer work opportunity, employers are investing in the future of their company, the future of their young employees, and the future of our entire city.”

 

In addition to WorkReady Philadelphia, which provides educationally-enriched work and career development opportunities, the City is leading by example through this initiative by incorporating department-led youth employment programs like PowerCorpsPHL and Philly Future Track into the count to reach 10,000 summer jobs this summer and year-round.

 

Chekemma Fulmore-Townsend, President and CEO of the Philadelphia Youth Network, says in order for Philadelphia’s young people to grow both academically and professionally, they need positive work experiences starting at an early age.

 

“In order to create positive change for Philadelphia’s youth, work experiences must start at an early age to set and develop the foundational skills needed to have a successful future,” said Fulmore-Townsend. “We see in our alumni the power of an early introduction to the workforce.  Using work experiences to help youth identify their purpose and passion is powerful, it improves not just their own lives, but builds stronger communities, and a more robust economy.  The road to economic stability begins with securing investments in our future workforce”

 

To get involved or learn more about hiring young people this summer, visit online at www.phillysummerjobs.org.

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CULTUREBLOCKS RECOGNIZED AS 2015 BRIGHT IDEA BY HARVARD ASH CENTER

Philadelphia, February 20, 2015 – The City of Philadelphia’s CultureBlocks project has been recognized as a 2015 Bright Idea by the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. CultureBlocks, managed by the Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy, is a free online mapping tool that aggregates cultural assets and demographic information that is used to visualize the relationship between cultural activity in Philadelphia neighborhoods and the economic and social wellbeing of those neighborhoods.

 

“The City of Philadelphia has so many diverse cultural assets, it can be a challenge to know the depth and breadth of the artistic opportunities we have to offer. CultureBlocks is a tremendous resource for all Philadelphians to keep track of the wealth of arts and culture experiences available. Having this information in one place, easily accessible, allows us to make better, more informed decisions around research, planning and investment in our city’s creative economy,” said Mayor Michael A. Nutter. “We are honored that the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation has recognized the value of the CultureBlocks program. I want to thank all of the partners who made this project happen; it is a great example of what we can accomplish when public and private sectors work together to improve our city.”

 

CultureBlocks, launched in 2013, is a public-private partnership between the Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy; the Department of Commerce; The Reinvestment Fund (TRF) Policy Map; and the Social Impact of the Arts Project (SAIP) at the University of Pennsylvania. The project is supported by grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and ArtPlace.

 

Individuals, organizations and funders can use CultureBlocks to identify cultural and socio-economic disparities across the City of Philadelphia in a highly visual, relationship-driven manner in order to make strategic investment decisions. The data collected for CultureBlocks was also used to generate a supplemental research report, Cultural Ecology, Neighborhood Vitality, and Social Wellbeing – A Philadelphia Project, which served as a companion to the datasets in the tool and additional data provided by the City.

 

This is the fourth cohort recognized through the Bright Ideas program, an initiative of the broader Innovations in American Government Awards program. For consideration as a Bright Idea, programs must currently be in operation or in the process of launching and have sufficient operational resources and must be administered by one or more governmental entities; nonprofit, private sector, and union initiatives are eligible if operating in partnership with a governmental organization. Bright Ideas are showcased on the Ash Center’s Government Innovators Network, an online platform for practitioners and policymakers to share innovative public policy solutions.

 

“The Bright Ideas program demonstrates that often seemingly intractable problems can be creatively and capably tackled by small groups of dedicated, civic-minded individuals,” said Stephen Goldsmith, director of the Innovations in Government Program at the Ash Center. “As exemplified by this year’s Bright Ideas, making government work better doesn’t always require massive reforms and huge budgets. Indeed, we are seeing that, in many ways, an emphasis on efficiency and adaptability can have further-reaching effects than large-scale reforms.”

 

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To view the CultureBlocks, visit: http://www.cultureblocks.com/.

 

For more information on the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation, visit www.ash.harvard.edu.

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