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

MAYOR NUTTER, WMOF OFFICIALS TO HOLD MEDIA AVAILABILITY

WHO:            Mayor Michael A. Nutter

                        Donna Crilley Farrell, Executive Director, World Meeting of Families

Rob Wonderling, President & CEO, Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce

 

WHAT:          Mayor Nutter and World Meeting of Families officials will provide an update on the planning for the World Meeting of Families conference and Papal Visit.

 

WHERE:        Jack’s Firehouse, 2130 Fairmount Avenue

 

WHEN:          Wednesday, August 26, 2015                1:00 p.m.                  TODAY

Posted in Media Advisory

PHILADELPHIA, LOS ANGELES, HOUSTON MAYORS LAUNCH #CLIMATECHANGE CAMPAIGN

Co-Founders of the US-focused Mayors’ National Climate Action Agenda Join President Obama in Calling for City Leaders to Sign the International Compact of Mayors and Commit to Climate Action Plans

 

Philadelphia, August 25, 2015 Mayor Michael A. Nutter, Mayor Eric Garcetti of Los Angeles, and Mayor Annise Parker of Houston kicked off the #ClimateMayors twitter campaign in the final 100 days before the opening of the 21st Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP21) in Paris, France on November 30, 2015.

 

Mayors Nutter, Parker and Garcetti, who co-founded the U.S.-focused Mayors’ National Climate Action Agenda (MNCAA) after serving together on President Obama’s Climate Task Force, echoed President Obama’s remarks yesterday at the National Clean Energy Summit in Las Vegas, NV, by calling for their fellow mayors to join them in the MNCAA and commit to creating climate action plans for their cities.

 

The MNCAA is a domestic, mayor-to-mayor initiative to help cities set significant emission reduction targets; standardize municipal inventories to be able to better compare data between cities regardless of size; establish a U.S. template for climate action plans; and develop a municipal off-set protocol.  MNCAA-participating mayors announced in June their support for strong federal action on climate change in the face of Congressional gridlock and for the President to negotiate for the strongest possible climate agreement at the UN climate change negotiations in Paris.

 

“Climate change isn’t a political issue–it’s a reality for cities, many of which are right now enduring drought, extreme weather, and wildfires as a result,” Mayors Nutter, Garcetti and Parker said in a joint statement. “As President Obama said at the Clean Energy Summit, the Clean Power Plan and other efforts to produce clean energy are critical for our Nation’s economy. These efforts are big steps forward, but we need Congress to step up and support binding U.S. greenhouse gas reduction targets. That’s why we are kicking off our #ClimateMayors campaign in the final 100 days before the opening of the COP21 discussions in Paris.  As we said in June, we call on our federal leaders to pursue the strongest possible agreement in Paris and urge our fellow mayors to help us convey this message by signing the Compact of Mayors, committing to city-level climate action plans and joining with us in the MNCAA.”

 

The Mayors National Climate Action Agenda includes 28 U.S. cities and is complemented at the international level by the Compact of Mayors, a global cooperative effort among more than 100 mayors and city officials committed to reducing local greenhouse gas emissions, enhancing resilience to climate change, and tracking progress transparently.  UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, his Special Envoy Michael R. Bloomberg, and city networks including Local Governments for Sustainability (ICLEI), C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group (C40) and United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG) are working together to highlight and engage cities in the lead-up to COP21. In the United States, the efforts of the Urban Sustainability Directors Network has been important in advancing MNCAA, including through the Urban Sustainability Directors Network (USDN)-led Carbon Neutral Cities Alliance.

 

Cities not only suffer the consequences of climate change, they generate 70 percent of the nation’s greenhouse gas emissions.

 

The City of Philadelphia is advancing climate mitigation and adaptation efforts through Greenworks, its comprehensive sustainability plan, now in its seventh year of implementation. To understand what climate change will mean for Philadelphia, the City worked with climate scientists to formulate projections for the region. Over the past year, departments have been working as part of an inter-agency working group to bring those projections into an active planning process to effectively integrate climate considerations into decision making processes. This fall, the City will publish a report resulting from this work, identifying risk and climate action opportunities across city government operations.

 

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On Facebook: facebook.com/ClimateMayors

On Twitter: @ClimateMayors

On Tumblr: ClimateMayors.tumblr.com

 

The Mayors National Climate Action Agenda (MNCAA) includes:

 

*   Ann Arbor Mayor Christopher Taylor

*   Aspen Mayor Steve Skadron

*   Austin Mayor Steve Adler

*   Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed

*   Berkeley Mayor Tom Bates

*   Boulder Mayor Matt Appelbaum

*   Charlotte Mayor Dan Clodfelter

*   Columbus Mayor Michael Coleman

*   Denver Mayor Michael Hancock

*   Fort Collins Mayor Wade Troxell

*   Houston Mayor Annise Parker

*   Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges

*   Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf

*   Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer

*   Park City Mayor Jack Thomas

*   Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter

*   Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton

*   Portland Mayor Charlie Hales

*   Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker

*   San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee

*   San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo

*   Seattle Mayor Ed Murray

*   Tacoma Mayor Marilyn Strickland

 

Posted in Mayor's Press Releases, Press Release

PHILADELPHIA, LOS ANGELES, HOUSTON MAYORS LAUNCH #CLIMATECHANGE CAMPAIGN

Co-Founders of the US-focused Mayors’ National Climate Action Agenda Join President Obama in Calling for City Leaders to Sign the International Compact of Mayors and Commit to Climate Action Plans

Philadelphia, August 25, 2015 — Mayor Michael A. Nutter, Mayor Eric Garcetti of Los Angeles, and Mayor Annise Parker of Houston kicked off the #ClimateMayors twitter campaign in the final 100 days before the opening of the 21st Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP21) in Paris, France on November 30, 2015.

Mayors Nutter, Parker and Garcetti, who co-founded the U.S.-focused Mayors’ National Climate Action Agenda (MNCAA) after serving together on President Obama’s Climate Task Force, echoed President Obama’s remarks yesterday at the National Clean Energy Summit in Las Vegas, NV, by calling for their fellow mayors to join them in the MNCAA and commit to creating climate action plans for their cities.

The MNCAA is a domestic, mayor-to-mayor initiative to help cities set significant emission reduction targets; standardize municipal inventories to be able to better compare data between cities regardless of size; establish a U.S. template for climate action plans; and develop a municipal off-set protocol.  MNCAA-participating mayors announced in June their support for strong federal action on climate change in the face of Congressional gridlock and for the President to negotiate for the strongest possible climate agreement at the UN climate change negotiations in Paris.

“Climate change isn’t a political issue–it’s a reality for cities, many of which are right now enduring drought, extreme weather, and wildfires as a result,” Mayors Nutter, Garcetti and Parker said in a joint statement. “As President Obama said at the Clean Energy Summit, the Clean Power Plan and other efforts to produce clean energy are critical for our Nation’s economy. These efforts are big steps forward, but we need Congress to step up and support binding U.S. greenhouse gas reduction targets. That’s why we are kicking off our #ClimateMayors campaign in the final 100 days before the opening of the COP21 discussions in Paris.  As we said in June, we call on our federal leaders to pursue the strongest possible agreement in Paris and urge our fellow mayors to help us convey this message by signing the Compact of Mayors, committing to city-level climate action plans and joining with us in the MNCAA.”

The Mayors National Climate Action Agenda includes 28 U.S. cities and is complemented at the international level by the Compact of Mayors, a global cooperative effort among more than 100 mayors and city officials committed to reducing local greenhouse gas emissions, enhancing resilience to climate change, and tracking progress transparently.  UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, his Special Envoy Michael R. Bloomberg, and city networks including Local Governments for Sustainability (ICLEI), C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group (C40) and United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG) are working together to highlight and engage cities in the lead-up to COP21. In the United States, the efforts of the Urban Sustainability Directors Network has been important in advancing MNCAA, including through the Urban Sustainability Directors Network (USDN)-led Carbon Neutral Cities Alliance.

Cities not only suffer the consequences of climate change, they generate 70 percent of the nation’s greenhouse gas emissions.

The City of Philadelphia is advancing climate mitigation and adaptation efforts through Greenworks, its comprehensive sustainability plan, now in its seventh year of implementation. To understand what climate change will mean for Philadelphia, the City worked with climate scientists to formulate projections for the region. Over the past year, departments have been working as part of an inter-agency working group to bring those projections into an active planning process to effectively integrate climate considerations into decision making processes. This fall, the City will publish a report resulting from this work, identifying risk and climate action opportunities across city government operations.

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On Facebook: facebook.com/ClimateMayors

On Twitter: @ClimateMayors

On Tumblr: ClimateMayors.tumblr.com

The Mayors National Climate Action Agenda (MNCAA) includes:

*   Ann Arbor Mayor Christopher Taylor

*   Aspen Mayor Steve Skadron

*   Austin Mayor Steve Adler

*   Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed

*   Berkeley Mayor Tom Bates

*   Boulder Mayor Matt Appelbaum

*   Charlotte Mayor Dan Clodfelter

*   Columbus Mayor Michael Coleman

*   Denver Mayor Michael Hancock

*   Fort Collins Mayor Wade Troxell

*   Houston Mayor Annise Parker

*   Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges

*   Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf

*   Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer

*   Park City Mayor Jack Thomas

*   Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter

*   Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton

*   Portland Mayor Charlie Hales

*   Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker

*   San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee

*   San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo

*   Seattle Mayor Ed Murray

*   Tacoma Mayor Marilyn Strickland

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