Philadelphia, January 16, 2014– Mayor Michael A. Nutter announced the departure of Kevin Dow, Chief Operating Officer and Senior Deputy Director for the Commerce Department. Mr. Dow will be leaving at the end of February to join the United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey as its Senior Vice President of Impact and Innovation.
“Kevin was instrumental in creating an environment where businesses choose to locate, stay and hire in the City of Philadelphia. His efforts enabled the City to have a direct impact on the stabilization and in many cases the revitalization, of neighborhoods and commercial corridors throughout the city.” Mayor Nutter said. “On behalf of all Philadelphians, I thank Kevin for his unwavering commitment to public service and wish him well in his new endeavors.”
Since 2008, under the leadership of Deputy Mayor for Economic Development and Commerce Director Alan Greenberger, the Commerce Department has delivered robust outcomes. Milestones have included the development and implementation of the Inclusion Works Strategic Plan, which created the Office of Economic Opportunity (OEO) and provided the roadmap for Philadelphia’s increased participation rate of over 28% in 2013; the launch of the Business Service Center, a nationally recognized, one-stop online portal for businesses; and the creation of a bi-lingual outreach program for immigrant businesses.
“Kevin has been an integral part of the Commerce Department leadership team and has played a major role in the accomplishments of the Department,” said Deputy Mayor Greenberger. “The United Way will be well served by his skills and his passion for the City of Philadelphia.”
Facilitating the Administration’s reform agenda, Kevin successfully led the integration of both the Philadelphia Commercial Development Corporation (PCDC) and Labor Standards Unit into alignment with the Commerce Department, positioning the city to achieve robust small business lending results and a more focused attention to wage compliance on publicly funded projects.
Three new initiatives – the Commercial Cleaning, Security Camera and In-Store Fit-Out programs – were launched during his tenure and, when combined with the Commercial Corridor Management and Storefront Improvement programs, provided more than $2 million in grants to about 300 businesses, leveraging $5 million in private resources and employing upwards of 2500 people.
“I have truly enjoyed working for Mayor Nutter and extremely proud of the accomplishments we have had in improving the lives of Philadelphia residents and businesses that operate here. It has been my honor to serve this city that I love so much, and I thank the Mayor and Deputy Mayor Greenberger for giving me the opportunity,” said Dow.