Harnessing Our City’s Potential: A Civic Issues Forum

Wednesday, November 29, 2023
9:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Philadelphia has seen more residents, commuters, and tourists over the past few years, yet safety, cleanliness, and crime remain critical issues for the regional business community. Recent reports have indicated positive outcomes that we must work to uphold: more pedestrian traffic, more available jobs, more in-office workers, a falling unemployment rate, and increased leisure activity attendance in the city.

Join the Chamber for an interactive discussion with a panel of major employers, policymakers, and civic leaders about harnessing our city's potential. Learn what actions we can take as a business community to address safety, cleanliness, and crime to ensure the continued attraction of workers to our offices, tourists to our leisure destinations, students to our universities, and patients to our healthcare systems.

This will be the first in the series of Civic Issues Forums the Chamber presents. In these forums, civic, local, and state leaders will speak on topics that directly impact business at the community, local, and/or state level with an eye toward equity and inclusivity.

Speakers to Date
Karen Dougherty Buchholz, Executive Vice President of Administration, Comcast Corporation

Prema Katari Gupta, Executive Director of Central Philadelphia Development Corporation & Vice President for Parks and Public Realm, Center City District

Councilman Curtis Jones Jr., City of Philadelphia

Leslie Richards, CEO & General Manager, Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA)

Moderated by: Arun S. Prabhakaran, President, Urban Affairs Coalition

This activity qualifies for the complimentary ticket benefit available to Investors at the Leadership level and above. To register using this benefit, please contact investorrelations@chamberphl.com.

This Event is Closed


The Chamber of Commerce for Greater Philadelphia strives to create an inclusive and equitable environment for all. If you have a disability and require accommodations in order to fully participate in this event, please contact us here at least three business days in advance of the event. You will be contacted by someone from our staff to discuss your specific needs.

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The Chamber will take precautions to ensure the health & safety of our guests, abiding guidelines set by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) along with state and local laws. By attending, guests assume the risk related to possible exposure. Those who are sick, suspect they have or had COVID, should not attend.

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Tickets are held at the door under company name. Reserved seating for tables purchases only.


Contact Andrew Fink at afink@chamberphl.com


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