Posted by Jolene Nieves on June 27, 2016 at 3:17 PM
Earlier today, I served as the emcee for the 2016 Annual Mayor's Manufacturing Task Force meeting, at which the Kenney Administration released the Task Force's Annual Progress Report and outlined next steps to keep manufacturing growing and thriving in our city. Whether it is recruiting new businesses to consider Philadelphia or providing incentives to businesses that already call Philly home, there is much work for this group to do.
I am very proud of the work that this Task Force has done since it was created in 2013. (The City of Philadelphia established the Manufacturing Task Force to evaluate the City’s competitiveness for manufacturing and recommend specific strategies for improvement.) With our strategic blueprint for manufacturing and industry growth already producing results, including the launch of the Center for Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering at Ben Franklin High School - and it's worth noting that this school's curriculum was designed by industry professionals with the skills that they need in workers in mind.
As a City Councilman, I've definitely kept the Task Force in mind, advocating for the preservation of industrial land. It's an asset, not a liability.
“Philadelphia’s manufacturing and industrial sectors are vital to the continued growth of our economy. But this sector can’t expand without the support of industry leaders, policy makers and advisors from the nonprofit and for-profit world. The collective knowledge and resources that they bring to the table will help strengthen manufacturing and improve the business landscape,” said Councilman Henon. “I want to thank my fellow working group and task force members, the other co-chairs and especially Mayor Kenny for understanding that manufacturing matters to our economy and workforce. I also want to acknowledge the work of my fellow Council colleagues on this important issue.”
Read the report here.