[Virtual] Addressing Gun Violence & Inclusive Business Growth: A Roadmap for Growth Issue Forum

Thursday, September 30, 2021
5:30 PM – 6:30 PM

The impact of gun violence on Philadelphia’s commercial corridors illustrates a daunting reality: fears for personal safety, stifled business growth, and negative perceptions of the city. As a result, local businesses are at a stifling disadvantage compared to those in the surrounding communities of our region.

Safety concerns force many to close early, equating to thousands of dollars of lost revenue on a weekly basis. Investors are less likely to back businesses in areas with high crime. Patrons will not frequent corridors where they do not feel safe. These disadvantages negatively impact the viability of Philadelphia’s business - and illustrate why our regional business community must come together to confront this pervasive issue.

Join us for a conversation with local leaders on the consequences of gun crime on our region’s inclusive recovery and how it affects the vitality, competitiveness, and growth of businesses throughout Philadelphia.

Featured Speakers:
Scott P. Charles, MAPP, Trauma Outreach Manager, Temple University Hospital
Harry Hayman, Manager Bynum Hospitality Group
Jabari Jones, President, West Philadelphia Corridor Collaborative
Gregory Reaves, Principal, Mosaic Development Partners 
Moderator: Sara Lomax-Reese, President & CEO, WURD Radio

This Event is Closed


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Contact Andrew Fink at afink@chamberphl.com


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“It is a big step for an organization to decide to embrace DEI, but the next big step of actually achieving progress toward these goals can be aided by professional development programs.” Read more from @EisnerAmper’s Katharina Casey: https://t.co/QmVJEpUhst #DiversityPHL

Next week: Discover how our region’s business, civic, and government entities can come together to intentionally support small, Black-, and brown-owned businesses beyond monetary investment. https://t.co/Am6dGLtGAf #PhillyRoadmap

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