Philadelphia, April 4, 2014 – Deputy Mayor for Economic Development Alan Greenberger announced that Michael Cooper, previously a Vice President of Marketing and Business Development at the Philadelphia Industrial Development Corporation (PIDC), will serve as the Director of the newly-created Office of Manufacturing and Industry within the Department of Commerce. In this role Mr. Cooper will be responsible for leading the implementation of the Manufacturing Growth Strategy, developed by the Mayor’s Manufacturing Task Force and published in December 2013.
“Supporting manufacturers in Philadelphia and developing a strategy for manufacturing growth in the region is a priority for this Administration and we are fortunate to have a person of Mike’s background and caliber lead this effort,” said Alan Greenberger, Deputy Mayor for Economic Development. “Mike’s focus on manufacturing and industry while at PIDC, as well as his work on the Manufacturing Task Force make him a perfect candidate for this position. We are very excited that he is joining the team.”
Since 2007, Michael has been responsible for the management of PIDC’s Industrial portfolio, which includes manufacturing, distribution, transportation, and logistics. In January 2013, he was tasked with managing operations for Mayor Michael Nutter’s Task Force on Manufacturing, a group of senior leaders from business, government, academia, labor, and economic development charged with identifying a comprehensive set of strategies to improve the City’s competitiveness for manufacturing.
“I am both extremely excited and profoundly humbled to lead the newly created Office of Manufacturing and Industry. Philadelphia continues to be a national pioneer in urban industrial development. Last year’s Manufacturing Growth Strategy is the blueprint for how we can make Philadelphia more competitive for industry, benefitting both the citizens that live and work here as well as the corporate residents who invest. I’d like to thank Mayor Michael Nutter, Deputy Mayor Alan Greenberger, Councilman Bobby Henon, and PIDC President John Grady for their support and encouragement,” said Mr. Cooper.
“In his 7 year tenure, Mike has been integral to PIDC’s work supporting the growth and expansion of Philadelphia’s manufacturing and industrial sector and we are thrilled by this appointment,” said John Grady, President of PIDC. “Mike has built and managed our relationships with industrial businesses of all sizes and been a terrific advocate for this critical sector of Philadelphia’s economy. Mike helped to launch the PHL Made movement and played a leading role in the staffing of the Manufacturing Task Force. We look forward to continuing to work with him in this new role.”
Mayor Nutter announced the creation of the Office of Manufacturing and Industry during his 2014 Budget Address, responding to a recommendation from the Mayor’s Manufacturing Task Force that a dedicated unit for manufacturing be established within city government under the auspices of the Department of Commerce. The Task Force was established in January 2013 and was co-chaired by Deputy Mayor Alan Greenberger; Dan Fitzpatrick from Citizens Bank; Bill Hunt from AgustaWestland; and Councilman Bobby Henon.
“Mike Cooper was a key force in the day-to-day work of the manufacturing task force and a natural fit for this new position,” said Councilman Bobby Henon, Task Force co-chair. “I have no doubt he’ll bring the same skill-set, passion and creativity to the Office of Manufacturing and Industry.”
Michael joined PIDC in 2007 as a Financial Analyst, later moving to his current position to focus on client relations and business development. Prior to that, he spent several years with the School District of Philadelphia’s Offices of Special Finance & Treasury Operations. Michael serves as Co-Chair of the Land Use and Policy Council for Philadelphia’s Chapter of the Urban Land Institute (ULI) and serves on the Board of Directors for the Urban Manufacturing Alliance (UMA), the Northeast Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce, and the Strategic Early Warning Network of Southeastern Pennsylvania.
The Manufacturing Growth Strategy was published in December 2013 and can be found here: http://www.pidc-pa.org/userfiles/file/FULLREPORTManufacturingGrowthStrategyFINAL.pdf