Mayor Nutter Opens Philadelphia Public Policy Case Competition

Philadelphia, March 14, 2014 – Mayor Michael A. Nutter opened the inaugural Philadelphia Public Policy Case Competition to all undergraduate and graduate students in the Greater Philadelphia region. The objective of the competition is for students to offer creative, impactful and innovative proposals responding to the question: What can the City of Philadelphia do to further attract and retain millennials?


“Since 2006, no major city has experienced a larger growth of young people than Philadelphia. What more can we be doing and what more should we be doing to keep these young people in our great city?” said Mayor Nutter. “This competition will serve as a platform to connect innovative policy ideas from enthusiastic young adults with the people in Philadelphia who are confronting these challenges.”


The Mayor’s Office of Policy Planning and Coordination and the Philadelphia Youth Commission will select four finalists from among the proposals. Prospective teams are encouraged to register for the competition at and final proposals are due by Monday, March 24th, 2014 at 5PM. The four finalists will present before a panel of judges in City Hall on Friday, April 4th, 2014, which will be followed by a reception.


The judges include Councilwoman María Quiñones Sánchez; Clarence Armbrister, President of Girard College; Alan Greenberger, Deputy Mayor for Economic Development and Commerce; Deborah Diamond, President of Campus Philly; Gloria Casarez, Director of the Mayor’s Office of LGBT Affairs; and Apu Gupta, CEO and Co-founder of Curalate. The first-place team will be given the opportunity to present their proposal to Mayor Nutter, as well as tickets to a Phillies game in the Mayor’s box. All four teams to advance to the final round will receive a Certificate of Completion signed by the Mayor.


Councilwoman María Quiñones Sánchez said, “As an elected official, I know that we do not hold a monopoly on smart policy solutions to the challenges and opportunities facing our city. We need fresh perspectives to help us envision the future of public education, sustainable development, and new urban economies.”


Clarence Armbrister, President of Girard College, added, “I am pleased to be a member of the judging panel for this competition. Girard College understands that a high quality education includes not only exposure to new ideas in the classroom, but also in the neighborhood and larger civic community. By providing young people with an opportunity to not only propose ideas, but to think creatively about how to improve their city, the next generation of leaders will be more prepared to take on tomorrow’s challenges.”


Deborah Diamond, President of Campus Philly, said, “Campus Philly is always looking for great ideas so that we can extend our impact and serve the students of the region.  We know how creative and innovative students on our campuses are and we’re excited to learn from the ideas, plans and recommendations they come up with.”


The Penn Wharton Public Policy Initiative stated, “We are pleased to sponsor an event that tackles such a critical issue for the future economic vitality of Philadelphia.”


Maia Jachimowicz, Director of Policy in the Office of the Mayor, added, “We are creating this case competition to inspire a commitment to public service in young people while, at the same time, soliciting relevant policy proposals that can improve our city.”


Jamira Burley, Executive Director of the Philadelphia Youth Commission, noted, “We are excited about creating new and innovative ways for Philadelphia’s youth to become change agents for their schools and communities. We believe this challenge places youth in the driver seat of decision making, in order to create a better Philadelphia.”


The case competition is being managed by the Mayor’s Office of Policy Planning and Coordination and the Philadelphia Youth Commission and co-sponsored by the Penn Wharton Public Policy Initiative and Campus Philly.  Requests for further information, including the prompt and the proper format for submission, can be directed to




About Campus Philly

Campus Philly is a nonprofit organization that fuels economic growth by encouraging college students to study, explore, live and work in the Greater Philadelphia tri-state region.


About the Penn Wharton Public Policy Initiative

The mission of the Penn Wharton Public Policy Initiative (PPI) is to foster better-informed policymaking on issues that affect business and the economy. To that end, Penn Wharton PPI aims to deliver nonpartisan, data-driven policy knowledge, authored by faculty from across the University, to policy makers in DC, and to expand opportunities for students and alumni to be involved in the complex landscape of business, economics and public policy.  For more information, visit


About the Mayor’s Office of Policy Planning and Coordination

The Mayor’s Office of Policy Planning and Coordination develops and implements the Mayor’s policy initiatives in coordination with other senior members of the Nutter Administration.


About the Philadelphia Youth Commission

The Philadelphia Youth Commission represents Philadelphia’s youth in public hearings and gives testimony that reflects the youth perspective. The Commission works with the City, non-profits, community organizations, and private entities to develop strategies to improve the lives of Philadelphia’s youth.

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