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.

Posted in Mayor's Press Releases

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.

Posted in Mayor's Press Releases

MAYOR NUTTER TO MAKE MAJOR PERSONNEL ANNOUNCEMENT

WHO:            Mayor Michael A. Nutter

WHAT:          Mayor Nutter will make a major personnel announcement.

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

WHEN:          Friday, March 27, 2015               12:00 p.m.               TODAY

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MAYOR NUTTER OFFICIALLY OPENS THE MONKEY & THE ELEPHANT, NEW COFFEE SHOP PROVIDING JOBS TO FORMER FOSTER CARE YOUTH

Philadelphia, March 26, 2015  Mayor Michael A. Nutter cut the ribbon officially opening The Monkey & The Elephant, a new coffee shop in Brewerytown that provides employment opportunities to young adults who are transitioning out of the foster care system in Philadelphia.  The café employs five former foster youth, training them in the skills of coffee making and retail in a supportive, community environment.

The Monkey & The Elephant is a great example of an organization taking an innovative approach to creating opportunities for young people from all backgrounds,” said Mayor Nutter.  “Each young person in Philadelphia should have an individual success plan and through our Department of Human Services, the Mayor’s Office of Civic Engagement and Volunteer Services, and many other parts of city government we are supporting programs and efforts that help them reach their full potential.  I wish The Monkey and The Elephant the best of success.”

The Monkey & The Elephant is a non-profit organization focused on helping former foster youth navigate the transition to adulthood.  The new café offers job and life skills training to the young adults in the program. The organization was founded by former AmeriCorps alumnus Lisa Miccolis who formerly served at YouthBuild Philadelphia Charter School in North Philadelphia and worked at numerous coffee establishments in the city.

In 2010-2011, Ms. Miccolis spent 5 months traveling in New Zealand and Australia and it was on this trip that the idea for The Monkey & The Elephant was born.  In 2012, she opened a pop-up café, which moved to Manayunk and South Kensington before she found the space in Brewerytown.

“I am excited to have a permanent location from which we can fully implement the vision for The Monkey & The Elephant,” said Lisa Miccolis.  “We have received a warm welcome from Brewerytown and every day I’m shown why it was the perfect part of the city for us to get started in”

One of the five young people working at The Monkey & The Elephant is Joseph Hill Coles, an alumnus of DHS’s Achieving Independence Center and PowerCorpsPHL.  He is currently working at The Monkey & The Elephant while attending classes at Community College of Philadelphia and continuing his AmeriCorps service as a near-peer mentor to YouthBuild Philadelphia Charter High School students.

“I went from being a homeless youth in Philadelphia to graduating from PowerCorpsPHL, working at the Monkey and the Elephant, and excelling greatly,” said Joseph.  “The opportunity to work at the Monkey and the Elephant turned even sweeter for me when I found out that they were employing former foster care youth, like myself, and that we would be engaging the community with positive vibes and terrific coffee.”

PowerCorpsPHL, launched in September 2013, is an AmeriCorps program designed to support Mayor Michael A. Nutter’s environmental stewardship initiatives, as well as the City of Philadelphia’s youth violence prevention and workforce development priorities.  Annually, PowerCorpsPHL enrolls 136 highly-at-risk 18 to 26-year-olds in a 6-month AmeriCorps program that provides participants with the opportunity to develop the skills required to become environmental stewards, secure meaningful work, and become civically engaged members of society.

Posted in Mayor's Press Releases

MAYOR NUTTER OFFICIALLY OPENS THE MONKEY AND THE ELEPHANT, NEW COFFEE SHOP PROVIDING JOBS TO FORMER FOSTER CARE YOUTH

Mayor Michael A. Nutter cut the ribbon officially opening The Monkey & The Elephant, a new coffee shop in Brewerytown that provides employment opportunities to young adults who are transitioning out of the foster care system in Philadelphia.  The café employs five former foster youth, training them in the skills of coffee making and retail in a supportive, community environment.

 

The Monkey & The Elephant is a great example of an organization taking an innovative approach to creating opportunities for young people from all backgrounds,” said Mayor Nutter.  “Each young person in Philadelphia should have an individual success plan and through our Department of Human Services, the Mayor’s Office of Civic Engagement and Volunteer Services, and many other parts of city government we are supporting programs and efforts that help them reach their full potential.  I wish The Monkey and The Elephant the best of success.”

 

The Monkey & The Elephant is a non-profit organization focused on helping former foster youth navigate the transition to adulthood.  The new café offers job and life skills training to the young adults in the program. The organization was founded by former AmeriCorps alumnus Lisa Miccolis who formerly served at YouthBuild Philadelphia Charter School in North Philadelphia and worked at numerous coffee establishments in the city. 

 

In 2010-2011, Ms. Miccolis spent 5 months traveling in New Zealand and Australia and it was on this trip that the idea for The Monkey & The Elephant was born.  In 2012, she opened a pop-up café, which moved to Manayunk and South Kensington before she found the space in Brewerytown.

 

“I am excited to have a permanent location from which we can fully implement the vision for The Monkey & The Elephant,” said Lisa Miccolis.  “We have received a warm welcome from Brewerytown and every day I’m shown why it was the perfect part of the city for us to get started in” 

 

One of the five young people working at The Monkey & The Elephant is Joseph Hill Coles, an alumnus of DHS’s Achieving Independence Center and PowerCorpsPHL.  He is currently working at The Monkey & The Elephant while attending classes at Community College of Philadelphia and continuing his AmeriCorps service as a near-peer mentor to YouthBuild Philadelphia Charter High School students.

 

“I went from being a homeless youth in Philadelphia to graduating from PowerCorpsPHL, working at the Monkey and the Elephant, and excelling greatly,” said Joseph.  “The opportunity to work at the Monkey and the Elephant turned even sweeter for me when I found out that they were employing former foster care youth, like myself, and that we would be engaging the community with positive vibes and terrific coffee.”

 

PowerCorpsPHL, launched in September 2013, is an AmeriCorps program designed to support Mayor Michael A. Nutter’s environmental stewardship initiatives, as well as the City of Philadelphia’s youth violence prevention and workforce development priorities.  Annually, PowerCorpsPHL enrolls 136 highly-at-risk 18 to 26-year-olds in a 6-month AmeriCorps program that provides participants with the opportunity to develop the skills required to become environmental stewards, secure meaningful work, and become civically engaged members of society.

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