Councilman Henon's Statement on the Mayor's Commitment to an
Office of Manufacturing and Industry
In December, the Manufacturing Task Force released a report aimed at growing the manufacturing sector in Philadelphia. Today, Mayor Michael Nutter took another step in implementing that report by announcing the creation of an Office of Manufacturing and Industry.
It is my hope that this office will bring together resources already committed, but scattered, across many departments and offices, while exhibiting a single-issue focus on a sector poised for growth. Among its aims must be to attract and capitalize on private sector support, identify state and federal resources and promote advanced manufacturing jobs as attainable, family-sustaining options.
This office will build on the work already being done by Philadelphia’s nonprofit partners, the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce, PIDC, Select Greater Philadelphia, DVIRC, Manufacturing Alliance of Philadelphia, our educational institutions and most of all, the thousands of current and future workers who stand to benefit from the advanced manufacturing jobs this effort will look to attract and create.
I have personally been working on these issues since before my time on City Council and am encouraged by the Mayor’s partnership. I look forward to working the task force, my colleagues on City Council and the Administration on getting the doors to this office open so we can get to work.
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