Posted by Jolene Nieves on September 29, 2016 at 4:04 PM
During this week's City Council session, Councilman Bobby Henon introduced a resolution declaring the week of October 2 as Manufacturing Week in the City of Philadelphia. National Manufacturing Day is celebrated on the first Friday of October to promote and raise consciousness about the manufacturing sector. In Philadelphia, Manufacturing Week, which is sponsored by the Office of Manufacturing and Industry, will include projects and programming highlighting local manufacturing.
"There are more than 20,000 manufacturing jobs in Philadelphia. These are good jobs that pay family-sustaining wages and offer growth opportunities. But, many manufacturing businesses have a difficult time filling vacancies," said Councilman Henon. "Perception is certainly part of the problem -- people believe manufacturing jobs to be low-skill, low-wage and dirty -- which is one of the things that Manufacturing Week can help to address by showcasing what advanced and new manufacturing jobs really look like. Not to mention, it will highlight some of the great advanced manufacturing learning opportunities in our high schools."
Additionally, Councilman Henon offered an amendment to his bill no. 160365, the Chronic Non-Compliant Owner bill. The Chronic Non-Compliant Owner bill gives the Department of Licenses and Inspections (L&I) and Community Life Improvement Programs (CLIP) a more powerful tool to fight negligent property owners, while improving the quality of life in the 6th District and across the entire city. This bill creates a new administrative code violation for owners of property who are habitually in violation of the property maintenance code. The amendment addresses the occurrences of property maintenance code violations an owner must receive before becoming an possible chronic non-compliant owner.