Philadelphia, March 5, 2014 – Mayor Michael A. Nutter released the City of Philadelphia Priorities and Accomplishments Report outlining the Administration’s upcoming priorities as well as accomplishments during the past six years. Of the report, Mayor Nutter issued the following statement:
“When I was elected Mayor of Philadelphia, I said that it was time to challenge the status quo, to take bold action and to write a new chapter in this City’s great history. Over the past six years, Philadelphia has made significant progress toward a better tomorrow.
“We have lowered the crime rate for Part I Offenses – homicide, assault, rape, robbery and property crimes – by 15 percent since 2007. In the face of unprecedented fiscal challenges facing the School District of Philadelphia, we have invested more than $155 million in our public education system since 2010. We’ve streamlined the business development approval process, lowered the wage tax rate below 4 percent for the first time since 1976, and through sound financial management – all three major bond rating agencies have put the City in the ‘A’ category for the first time since 1979. Businesses responded by investing more than $7.5 billion in Philadelphia in 2013 with planned, ongoing and completed construction projects. And our city’s population has grown each year since 2006, reversing a fifty year trend of population decline. Smoking rates have dropped 15 percent since 2008 and we’ve nearly tripled the residential curbside recycling rate. Furthermore, we have instilled a culture of honesty, integrity and transparency in city government.
“This report not only presents the accomplishments of our bold vision for the City of Philadelphia, but also our priorities and the work that remains to be done in order to sustain the renewal of our great American city. By focusing on improving public safety, enhancing educational opportunities and outcomes, supporting economic vitality, advancing health and well-being, establishing Philadelphia as the greenest city, acting as an efficient steward of public resources, leading with the highest standards of ethics and transparency, and investing in public infrastructure, we will continue to accomplish great things and write that new chapter of Philadelphia’s history.
“This report is high-level look at the work of City departments in neighborhoods that we serve; an on-going narrative of the story of what is happening and what is to come. It is certainly not a catalog of everything we have done, are doing, or will do. We will continue to provide updates on the Administration’s priorities and accomplishments with the help of our community partners, dedicated city employees and citizens.
“Of course, none of this work would be possible without the hard work and dedication of our citizens who provide feedback, collaboration and partnership in our efforts to make Philadelphia one of the greatest cities in the world. I am asking for your ongoing help and commitment as we continue to invest in Philadelphia and achieve this ambitious agenda.”
A copy of the document can be downloaded at: www.phila.gov