Mayor Michael A. Nutter announced the winner of the second Philadelphia Public Policy Case Competition, an opportunity for students to offer creative proposals responding to the question: What can the City of Philadelphia do to best improve outcomes for boys and young men of color?


Amber Bowie, Brittany Haltzman and Rachel Powell from Thomas Jefferson University were the winning team, selected by a panel of judges with representatives from the public, private and non-profit sectors today. Their winning submission, ‘Building a Resilient Future’, details a program of the same name that targets young men of color, ages 11-18, and educates participants on factors promoting resilience such as self-esteem, dealing with stress through humor, coping skills, safety and security, and effective communication.  By focusing on the mental health status of youth and by promoting good mental health practices, ‘Building a Resilient Future’ aims to help young men cope with daily adversities in their lives.


“Thank you to all of the students who submitted innovative and creative solutions to the important challenge of improving outcomes for boys and young men of color,” said Mayor Michael A. Nutter. “This competition is a way for young people to participate in the civic process and present ideas that can be implemented to address the complex issues that boys and young men of color face in Philadelphia. I would like to congratulate Amber, Brittany, Rachel for their winning presentation, and I look forward to meeting with them to discuss their proposal.”


The first place team will receive a meeting with Mayor Nutter to present their proposal and tickets to the Mayor’s Box for a Philadelphia Phillies game.


The judging panel was Ronnie L. Bloom, Executive Director of the Stoneleigh Foundation; Crystal Brown, Senior Director of 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 case competition was managed by the Mayor’s Office of Policy Planning and Coordination, the Philadelphia Youth Commission, and Mayor’s Office and was co-sponsored by Drexel University, Campus Philly, and the City of Philadelphia. The sponsors were not involved in the selection process for the four finalists.


Lori Doyle, Senior Vice President of Drexel University Communications, said, “Drexel University is thrilled to partner with the City of Philadelphia and Campus Philly to co-sponsor this event. The Case Competition is a wonderful opportunity for Philadelphia’s students to affect change in the city and engage directly with their government. We are proud to support efforts to connect our students more closely with their city.”


Deborah Diamond, President of Campus Philly, said, “The Public Policy Case Competition is a tremendous opportunity to engage Philadelphia’s students in improving their city. Campus Philly is delighted to continue as a partner in this project, which underscores the innovative character of our area’s students and their desire to improve the quality of life of Philadelphia’s residents.”


Maia Jachimowicz, Director of Policy for the City of Philadelphia, added, “The Case Competition provides a unique opportunity for students to influence policymakers through their proposals. I am pleased with the innovative approaches to improving outcomes for boys and young men of color presented in this semester’s competition.”

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Mayor Michael A. Nutter issued the following statement urging the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, which is set to hear arguments today in the Texas lawsuit temporarily delaying President Barack Obama’s executive actions on immigration, to reinstate the implementation of President Obama’s executive orders. 


The Mayor’s statement followed a press conference publicly supporting the President’s executive action as part of Philadelphia’s membership in Cities United for Immigration Action, a coalition of more than 70 cities and counties across the country calling for the implementation of the President’s immigration reforms.  Philadelphia’s event was one of several that will be held in cities across the nation, including Los Angeles, Boston and New York City. 


The statement is as follows:


“Last November, President Obama took necessary actions to fix our broken immigration system when Congress would not act.  His executive orders strengthened illegal immigration enforcement and created a pathway to citizenship that encourages immigrants to become fully integrated members of our communities.


But in February, President Obama’s actions, and the good will in the immigrant community and positive outcomes for cities that it would foster, were put on hold.  While these actions go unimplemented, thousands of immigrants and their families are hurt, affecting our economy and creating mistrust and insecurity in our communities.


The majority of immigrants in America live in our cities.  In Philadelphia, we have embraced this community, ensuring they have access to city services and a voice in public policy – no matter their country of origin, their legal status or what language they speak.  Because we know that immigrants have a significant impact on the growth, economic development and cultural diversity that makes Philadelphia a world-class city.


Our nation’s immigration policies should empower cities to be inclusive of all residents.  While the President’s executive actions are not a permanent solution, they are important strides to support the well-being, integration and success of immigrants across America. 


It is my sincere hope, one I know is shared by mayors, advocates and immigrants alike, that the Court of Appeals will reinstate the implementation of President Obama’s executive action.”

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Mayor Michael A. Nutter announced the members of the newly created Police Community Oversight Board, which was established in response to the United States Department of Justice Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (DOJ COPS) report entitled, “Collaborative Reform Initiative: An Assessment of Deadly Force Policy and Practice in the Philadelphia Police Department”. 


The report, commissioned by Police Department Commissioner Charles Ramsey, provided recommendations to enhance training, improve the quality and transparency of deadly force investigations, strengthen the use of force review process, and institutionalize organizational learning processes related to deadly force incidents.  The Community Oversight Board will develop a realistic approach for implementing the report’s recommendations, and monitor and assess the Department’s progress in doing so.


“I’m proud to appoint these committed Philadelphians, who represent a wide variety of professions and communities, to serve on the Police Community Oversight Board,” said Mayor Nutter.  “Their work will advance our efforts to create a more responsive, more ethical, more service-oriented Police Department, a department whose members respect all Philadelphians and earn the public’s respect by virtue of their professionalism.”


Mayor Nutter named Joanne Epps, Dean of the Temple University Beasley School of Law, as Chair of the Board.  Ms. Epps formerly served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in Philadelphia and a Deputy City Attorney in Los Angeles and has taught law at Temple University for almost 30 years.


“I am honored to have been asked to participate in this very important initiative, and I look forward to working with the other members of the Oversight Board to ensure that policing in Philadelphia is both effective and fair,” said Ms. Epps.


The other members of the Police Community Oversight Board are:

Nina Ahmad, Executive VP, JNA Capital and member of the Mayors Commission on Asian American Affairs

Kelvyn Anderson, Executive Director, Police Advisory Commission

Kenneth Naroen Chin, 1 Love Movement

Richard Costello, Political Coordinator, FOP Lodge #5

Edwin Desamour, Executive Director, MIMIC Inc. (Men in Motion in the Community)

Liz Dow, CEO, Leadership Philadelphia, Inc.

Joe Garcia, Captain for Communications, Training & Development, Temple University Police

Charles Gibbs, Attorney, The Green Firm

Councilman Bobby Henon, 6th Councilmanic District

Abby Stamelman Hocky, Executive Director, Interfaith Center of Greater Philadelphia

John Hollway, Executive Director, Quattrone Center for the Fair Administration of Justice at Penn Law

Carlton Johnson, Attorney, Archer & Greiner

Dorothy Johnson Speight, Executive Director, Mothers In Charge

Damone Jones, Senior Pastor, Bibleway Baptist Church

Councilman Curtis Jones, 4th Councilmanic District

Rue Landau, Executive Director, Human Relations Commission

Mohammad Rizwan Mallick, local business owner

Rodney Muhammed, President, Philadelphia Chapter of the NAACP

Councilwoman Maria Quiñones-Sánchez, 7th Councilmanic District

Pedro Ramos, Attorney, Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis

Ellen Somekawa, Exec. Director, FACTS Charter School

Joy Soto, Executive Director, Philadelphia Youth Commission

Alan Yatvin, Attorney, Popper & Yatvin


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White House and Department of Labor to Host Event on Working Families with Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter

WASHINGTON, DC – Building on the President’s State of the Union announcements supporting greater workplace flexibility for families, the White House and the Department of Labor, in coordination with the City of Philadelphia, will host an event at Philadelphia City Hall as part of the “Lead on Leave: Empowering Working Families Across America” tour on Tuesday, April 21, 2015.  Valerie Jarrett, White House Senior Advisor and Chair of the White House Council on Women & Girls, Chris Lu, Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of Labor, and Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter will discuss how flexible workplace policies can benefit families, businesses, and the economy as a whole. 


What:             Conversation with Valerie Jarrett, Chris Lu, and Mayor Michael Nutter as part of the “Lead on Leave: Empowering Working Families Across America” tour


When:            Tuesday, April 21 at 12:00 PM


Where:           Philadelphia City Hall

                        Mayor’s Reception Room

Room 202


RSVP: This conversation is open to the press. Media must RSVP with the name, media outlet, and email for each person planning to cover the event to by Monday, April 20 at 5:00 PM with the subject line “Lead on Leave.

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Historic 125-Year-Old Ajax Metal Company Building to Transform Into Live Music and Entertainment Venue


Philadelphia, April 16, 2015Mayor Michael A. Nutter and Live Nation executives announced that the former Ajax Metal Company building at 1000 Frankford Avenue in the Fishtown section will be transformed into a music and entertainment venue called The Fillmore Philadelphia.


“Philadelphia is a city with a proud musical heritage and we could not be more excited that The Fillmore will join the host of great live music venues that this city has to offer,” said Mayor Michael A. Nutter.  “What’s more, this new attraction will bring thousands of people to the Delaware River Waterfront which is in the midst of a transformation and poised to become one of America’s most dynamic, exciting urban waterfronts.”


Honoring the legendary traditions of Fillmore music halls around the country, the 2,500-capacity venue, scheduled to open in the fall, will showcase state-of-the-art production, vintage poster art, VIP amenities, and hospitality that celebrates the live concert experience.


Ron Bension, President of Live Nation’s House of Blues Entertainment Division, said, “The Fillmore Philadelphia will feature the best sound system of any club its size, unparalleled sightlines, and remarkable food and beverage, making it more than a place for a concert. It will be a true experience.”


The original Fillmore opened in San Francisco in 1965. That Fillmore was the focal point of the psychedelic music scene during the 1960s and 70s helping to launch the careers of iconic rock acts such as Grateful Dead; Jimi Hendrix; Led Zeppelin; Santana; The Doors; The Allman Brothers Band; and many others which helped the venue grow into the legend it is today.


Philadelphia’s Fillmore will feature small batch liquors, local and national craft beers, a varied wine selection, and a full menu of local favorites like brats and burgers and cheesesteaks, as well as charcuteries and cheese plates.


The venue will also have a ‘club within the club’:  an intimate, second live music club, The Foundry, will be located on the top floor of The Fillmore. Featuring state-of-the-art lights and sound, concert goers will be able to dance and get close to the stage in an energizing 450 capacity space that will showcase singer/songwriters, local acts, DJs and smaller touring bands. 


The Fillmore will also feature Circle Bar, an upscale lounge and bar in which guests can enjoy VIP service and enhanced benefits as part of their concert event.  Circle Bar will connect directly to club boxes and the best seats in the house on the mezzanine level of The Fillmore.  Fans looking to enhance their concert experiences will be able to create what Bension said will be “an unforgettable night of entertainment.”





Randy Alexander

Randex Communications (For The Fillmore Philadelphia)

Office: 856-596-1410

Cell: 609-280-6140


Jim Yeager

breakwhitelight (For Live Nation’s House of Blues Entertainment division)

Office: 424-644-0225

Cell: 818-264-6812

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Philadelphia, April 16, 2015 – Mayor Michael A. Nutter announced that as part of the City of Philadelphia’s negotiation process with Comcast Corporation to renew its franchise agreement, the City will host several public forums next week to continue its efforts to assess the community’s cable-related needs and interests.

“Public feedback from Comcast subscribers and residents is critical to the process as we continue to negotiate the renewal of the franchise agreement,” said Mayor Nutter.  “We have been asking for input from the public for more than two years, and the City issued a Community Needs Assessment Report last week based upon what we’ve received so far, but the completion and release of the report does not conclude the City’s efforts to gather as much feedback as it can from citizen’s about their needs, interests and perspectives related to cable service in the city.  We will continue to solicit opinions from the public as we negotiate a deal which will serve Philadelphians for the next fifteen years.”

On April 9th, the City released a 571-page report on community needs and a technical review of the Comcast cable television system as part of a franchise renewal process involving the City’s four franchise areas. The 15-year cable television franchise agreement, which expires later this year, authorizes Comcast, the current franchise holder, to use public “rights-of-way” for an agreed term of years to operate its cable system and deliver cable service.

While endorsing the detailed set of recommendations in the report as part of the City’s on-going negotiations with Comcast, Mayor Nutter said the City is also seeking a range of additional improvements in the next franchise agreement, and he announced a significant new level of franchise oversight as part of the current and future agreements.

The details for the meetings follow:

Tuesday, April 28:    12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. at PCI Library, 1905 Locust Street

5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. at South Philadelphia High School, 2101 South Broad Street


Wednesday, April 29:           5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. at MaST Charter School, 1800 East Byberry Road


Thursday, April 30:  12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. at Community Center at Visitation, 2646 Kensington Avenue

5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. at Martin Luther King High School, 6100 Stenton Avenue


Saturday, May 2:      12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. at Bibleway Baptist Church, 1323 North 52nd Street

In addition to attending one of the City’s scheduled public meetings, citizens can also provide feedback to the City at:


Voicemail: Call 215-686-8125 to leave a message.

Mail:   Cable Franchise Authority

Attn: Cable Television Administrator

City Hall, Room 702

Philadelphia, PA 19107

Citizens can access the needs assessment report at, or, by visiting and following the link for the Community Needs Assessment Report.


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Mayor Michael A. Nutter visited Central High School to congratulate the RoboLancers, the magnet school’s student-run robotics team which will compete at the FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) World Championship, a national robotics design, building and programming competition, in St. Louis next week.


“I was proud to see first-hand the robot, a truly innovative and creative piece of technology, that the RoboLancers built.  The commitment to learning and bettering themselves that this diverse and tremendously talented group has is truly commendable,” said Mayor Nutter.  “Programs that inspire student success, development and independent learning, like the RoboLancers, deserve our support.  A lack of funding should never prevent a Philadelphia student from experiencing an opportunity of a life-time or being exposed to a future career.  I want to wish the RoboLancers much success at the World Championship and praise them for raising the money to keep this invaluable learning program going at their school.”


During his visit, Mayor Nutter met with several members of the RoboLancers 112-person team.  The team, which designed and built a 120-pound robot for the FIRST World Championship, demonstrated the robot’s capabilities for Mayor Nutter.


The RoboLancers are one of 609 FIRST Robotics Competition Teams to advance to the World Championship.  The team was one of two selected from 122 competing in the Mid-Atlantic Region, winning the Chairman’s Award, which is the FIRST competition’s highest honor and is awarded to the team that most exemplifies the spirit of FIRST and its work to promote science and technical education among high school students.


The RoboLancers, an extra-curricular activity that receives no funding from the School District of Philadelphia, raised $30,000 this year to fund its annual budget.  To compete in the World Championship, the team needed to raise an additional $35,000.  Yesterday, Mayor Nutter announced that he had asked for and Drexel University and the University of Pennsylvania had donated $20,000 each to the RoboLancers, fully funding the team’s trip to the World Championship.




The RoboLancers champion science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education in our public schools and have become a shining example of what students in a challenging urban setting can do when given the opportunity. Since its founding in 1999, the RoboLancers have grown from five students to a multi-faceted program of more than 112 students. It is now the largest extracurricular activity at Central High School, one of Philadelphia’s most academically rigorous public magnet schools.

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