Securing a Safer City: An Inclusive Neighborhood Growth Issue Forum

Thursday, October 20, 2022
3:00 PM – 5:30 PM

The combination of crime, drug use, and public safety has placed high economic and social costs on our city. Despite an overall decrease in violent crimes in the past year, gun violence continues to persist. At the same time, Philadelphia has been one of the cities hit hardest by the country’s opioid problem – leaving communities, predominantly minority neighborhoods, to deal with its impact.

These issues are cause for concern for residents and commercial corridors across the city, including Center City and University City, home to 53 percent of all jobs in Philadelphia. While necessary attention is given to the individual issues at hand, both socially and economically, a more collaborative approach is needed to improve public safety, save lives, and stimulate recovery and economic prosperity throughout all of Philadelphia.

Join us in person for an interactive dialogue with regional leaders to better understand the business community’s role in helping curb violence in our neighborhoods. Learn how to protect your business, employees, and clients through initiatives focused on preventing crimes against local businesses.

Speakers to Date: 
Erica D. Atwood, Deputy Managing Director | Senior Director
Office of Policy and Strategic Initiatives for Criminal Justice and Public Safety
Managing Director's Office, City of Philadelphia

Scott Sauer, Chief Operating Officer, Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA)

Jennifer Griffin, Vice President for Public Safety, Temple University

*To better align with the strategic pillars that will guide our work toward economic and social prosperity for all people in Greater Philadelphia, the Chamber is evolving the Roadmap for Growth series to Inclusive Neighborhood Growth. This reimagined series will continue to build upon the work of Roadmap for Growth while focusing on building a stronger business climate, increasing economic inclusion, and accelerating Economic Competitiveness.

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