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GPCC Has a New Blog! March 24, 2010

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Check out news updates, videos and photos at our new blog called GPCC News – http://news.gpcc.com/.

Hear from Mary Stengel Austen, 2010 Paradigm Award: leadership skills honed through civic commitment March 8, 2010

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Chosen as a model for success and an inspiration to women for her many professional and philanthropic contributions, Mary Stengel Austen is being honored with the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce’s 18th annual Paradigm Award. Listen as she shares her feelings about the responsibility of leaders in the community and the many eclectic and diverse business opportunities offered by the region.

On Thursday, March 11, Mary will receive a crystal Paradigm Award, announce significant gifts for her favorite charitable organizations, and share the occasion with several women receiving the Paradigm Scholarship for Working Women. More than 700 businesspeople will gather for this special luncheon at the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown. Member and non-member tickets are still available.

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Election 2010: Meet the Candidates for Governor of PA March 5, 2010

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All six candidates for Candidates for Governor of Pennsylvania were together for the first time last night at a forum hosted by the Chamber. About two hundred business executives gathered at the Constitution Center to hear the candidates share their plans for the Commonwealth. Through a discussion, moderated by 6abc Action News Anchor Jim Gardner, the candidates addressed issues critical to the business community, including how they plan to promote economic recovery and job creation and how they will balance the state budget–which programs they will expand, which they will cut, and how they will pay for government.

Check out these articles about the event for more information:

6ABC video: Pa. Gubernatorial Candidates Forum

Inquirer: Pa. candidates agree pension system needs fix

Daily News: Candidates running against the state?

WHYY: Gov. candidates talk issues at Phila. forum

The Morning Call: At forum, power to the people

PA2010: Guv candidates talk pensions, taxes, transportation

PoliticsPA: Gov candidates unsure what to do if toll application rejected

Visit the Chamber’s flickr page to see more pictures from the event.

Meet Mary Stengel Austen, our 2010 Paradigm Award Honoree March 2, 2010

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For 18 years, the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce has recognized businesswomen for their roles as influential chief executives of for-profit enterprises, with a strong and positive economic impact on our region. The 2010 Paradigm Award honoree, Mary Stengel Austen, was chosen as a model for success and inspiration to women for her many professional and philanthropic contributions.

Mary Stengel Austen is truly a remarkable leader – in business, in the community, and in life. Come celebrate with us as we honor Ms. Austen at a very special luncheon at the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown on Thursday, March 11. Member and non-member tickets are still available.

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Chile Earthquake Relief: How You Can Help March 2, 2010

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Dear friends of the Chilean and American Chamber of Commerce,

The 8.8-magnitude earthquake that struck the southern and central region of Chile early Saturday, February 27 has displaced 1.5 million people and tragically killed hundreds more. The Chilean and American Chamber of Commerce, on behalf of the staff and Board of Directors, offers our sincerest condolences and solidarity to those affected by the earthquake and all the people of Chile.

The Chilean Exporters Association (ASOEX) has reported in a statement dated Monday, March 1, that early indicators suggest that large parts of the fruit industry have emerged with minimal damage and short-term prospects for trade are good. For updates about unanticipated disruptions, please check www.chileanfreshfruit.com. (more…)

NBC’s David Gregory Addresses Business Community at Chamber’s Economic Outlook Breakfast February 24, 2010

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NBC’s Meet the Press moderator David Gregory was in town Tuesday to speak to a few hundred business people at the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce’s 12th annual Economic Outlook Breakfast.

Gregory shared his thoughts on President Obama’s performance, the political climate in Washington and the upcoming midterm elections.

The two-hour program at the Hyatt at The Bellevue was held in partnership with Sovereign/Santander. Larry Delp, Executive Vice President, Mid-Atlantic Corporate Banking at Sovereign/Santander, opened the program with an economic outlook presentation and also moderated a panel discussion and Q&A before Gregory’s keynote.

The diverse panel of industry experts addressed issues impacting businesses in 2010. The panel included Bart Blatstein, President of Tower Investments, Inc.; Joe Davis, Chief Economist at Vanguard; Thomas A. (Tad) Decker, Esq., President & CEO of Cozen O’Connor; and Gale Given, President of Verizon Pennsylvania, Inc.

View video highlights of David Gregory’s speech here.

View pictures from the event here.

Election 2010: Meet the candidates for Governor of Pennsylvania February 22, 2010

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Join business and community leaders from throughout the region for a forum with the candidates for Governor of Pennsylvania. Through a moderated discussion, the candidates will address topics and issues critical to the business community. Network with the candidates at a reception following the program.

Candidates scheduled to attend:

  • Hon. Tom Corbett, Attorney General, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
  • Hon. Joe Hoeffel, Commissioner, Montgomery County
  • Hon. Dan Onorato, Allegheny County Executive
  • Hon. Sam Rohrer, Member, Pennsylvania House of Representatives
  • Hon. Jack Wagner, Auditor General, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
  • Hon. Anthony Hardy Williams, Member, Pennsylvania State Senate
  • Moderator: Jim Gardner, Action News Anchor, 6abc

    Visit the Chamber’s website to register.

    Mayor Nutter outlines strategy for Building a Better Future Together at the Chamber’s annual Mayoral Luncheon February 22, 2010

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    Submitted by: Steve Riley, Dietz & Watson

    As a proud member of the Philadelphia business community for more than 70 years, Dietz & Watson was pleased to have the opportunity to sponsor the Philadelphia Chamber’s Annual Mayoral Luncheon this past Tuesday the 16th. Despite another snow event, the turnout was tremendous and the positive atmosphere generated by members and presenters alike was inspiring.

    And although lunch was being served at the event, we at Dietz & Watson couldn’t resist serving some delicious hors d’oeuvres during registration and passing out some of our popular pink Dietz & Watson hats that we produce for fundraisers we conduct on behalf of Susan G. Komen for the Cure of Philadelphia.

    Mayor Nutter pulled no punches during his address. We all know the difficult economic times that have befallen us over the past couple years, but the Mayor outlined his plan for economic recovery and his plan to attract and retain Philadelphia businesses. After all, any great city is built upon a solid, thriving corporate and small business foundation. So let’s all continue to tighten our belts and continue to fight our way out of this recession and make Philadelphia a “no-brainer” location choice for businesses everywhere – large and small – looking to expand or start up.

    To listen to Mayor Nutter’s speech and for more information on his address, visit the Chamber’s website.

    Mayor Nutter, Philadelphia Parking Authority and SEPTA Partner to Encourage Businesses and Residents to “Spread the Love” February 12, 2010

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    Philadelphia, February 11, 2010 – Today, Mayor Michael A. Nutter announced that Managing Director Camille C. Barnett has ended the snow emergency and that the City would operate as usual tomorrow, including all recreation centers, libraries and health centers.

    To help Philadelphia area residents and businesses “Spread the Love” starting with the Valentine’s Day weekend, the City of Philadelphia has partnered with the Philadelphia Parking Authority (PPA) and SEPTA to provide free or reduced-cost transportation options. (more…)

    Snow Emergency February 9, 2010

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    Our President Rob Wonderling joined Mayor Nutter today at the city’s announcement of a snow emergency, starting tonight at 9 p.m. The Chamber applauds Mayor Nutter’s efforts to remove the record-setting snow from last weekend and the services made available to residents.

    As the voice of the business community, the Chamber encourages its members to follow the City’s lead and to stay home, if possible, tomorrow unless your work is “mission critical.”

    Fortunately, the technology we have today can make a virtual office place a reality. The Chamber is closed tomorrow because of the snow.

    Of course, we ask that all employees and residents follow parking regulations. And, please note, SEPTA subways will run all night. Expect bus, trolley, and regional rail service to be cancelled as the storm intensifies.

    Stay warm —

    Bridging the Gap: Managing Generational Diversity February 8, 2010

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    Submitted by: Angela Foreshaw-Rouse, AARP

    Workplace demographics now span four generations — from traditionalists and baby boomers to Gen Xers and Ys. The audience of 120 at the recent Bridging the Gap program, comprised mostly of HR professionals, managers and decision-makers, received an in-depth look at the studied generations, learning about the needs and motivations of workers across the age spectrum, and how to create effective multigenerational workplaces.

    AARP’s Washington, D.C.-based Deborah Russell, Director of Workforce Issues, set the tone as keynote speaker by discussing the changing dynamics of generations in the workplace. She was then joined by a regional panel of experts: David Marks, Chair of The Bridge Network and Financial Analyst, Campbell Soup Company; Claire Simmers, Ph.D., Professor, Haub School of Business, St. Joseph’s University; and Marjorie Stein, Esq., Director, Employee Relations, CIGNA

    If you missed the event, you can learn about best practices for leading, managing, and engaging your workforce by listening to the podcasts below.

    Listen to the Bridging the Gap keynote presentation.

    Listen to the Bridging the Gap panel discussion.

    View pictures from the event on flickr.

    For more information on workforce issues, visit www.aarp.org/money/work  and check out the Employer Resource Center.

    What Higher Ed Contributes to Greater Philadelphia February 5, 2010

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    Below is the text of an Op-Ed, by Chamber president Rob Wonderling, Villanova president Rev. Peter Donohue, and Citizens Bank president & CEO Dan Fitzpatrick, that appeared in last week’s Philadelphia Business Journal.

    Local municipalities and state governments looking for new revenue sources recently have focused on institutions of higher education and their students as untapped wellsprings of funds. Pittsburgh’s mayor briefly considered a tuition tax. In Harrisburg, legislative proposals would allow municipalities to impose an essential services fee on colleges and universities.
    As representatives of this region’s business community and as leaders of local colleges and universities, we believe such efforts are seriously misguided. They fail to acknowledge the significant contributions to the region’s economy generated by this sector. And they fail to address the potential risk to our future prosperity.

    Greater Philadelphia’s higher education sector is a major employer and purchaser of goods and services. It produces tomorrow’s innovative companies and supplies tomorrow’s talented workforce. (more…)

    Hear NBC’s Meet the Press moderator discuss the economy February 2, 2010

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    David Gregory, NBC’s “Meet the Press” moderator will be in town on Tues., Feb. 23, to address the business community at our annual Economic Outlook Breakfast at the Hyatt at The Bellevue.

    Gregory and a panel of business leaders will offer their perspectives on the region’s economic competitiveness and the issues that will impact the business community in the coming year. Sovereign Bank will release the results from its much-anticipated survey of the regional business community.

    David Gregory was recently named the #5 “most used reporter” during nightly newscasts in the past decade by the Tyndall Report.

    View more information and register on the Chamber’s web site.

    Governor Cites Marcellus Shale as Huge Opportunity for State January 29, 2010

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    Submitted by: Jeff Kimball, President and CEO, L.R. Kimball

    At the GPCC’s “Conversation with the Governor” event this week, Governor Rendell addressed the more than 500 attendees on a wide range of issues from health care to job creation to the environment. As a Pennsylvanian and business owner, the Governor’s plan around natural gas from the Marcellus Shale geological formation in Pennsylvania was of particular interest. Marcellus Shale represents the prospect to generate new revenue and jobs within our state. Nationally, Marcellus Shale is a great opportunity not only for my company, but the commonwealth and residents of Pennsylvania to lead the charge around energy creation and environmentalism.

    Finally, as he approaches the end of his final term, I would like to thank Governor Rendell for his dedication and service to Pennsylvania and wish him the best in his future endeavors.

    Read the Business Journal’s coverage of the event.

    View pictures from the event.

    View video from WHYY here.

    A Union of International Business & Soccer January 20, 2010

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    All the buzz is about the newest addition to the Philadelphia professional sports community, Major League Soccer’s Philadelphia Union. To celebrate, a group of bilateral business organizations have joined forces – with their passion for soccer – to organize a business networking reception with CEO & Operating Partner Nick Sakiewicz, President Tom Veit, and members of the Philadelphia Union soccer team coaching staff.

    Major League Networking: A Union of International Business and Soccer will be held on Wednesday, January 27, 2010 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Pyramid Club of Philadelphia.

    Mr. Sakiewicz is a founding executive of Major League Soccer, and since the League’s inception over thirteen years ago he has acquired extensive experience and success in branding, launching and forming MLS as one of America’s major professional sports leagues.

    As President, Tom Veit oversees all business matters relating to the club and stadium. Veit joined the Union from the University of South Florida, and has previously worked in the MLS with the Tampa Bay Mutiny.

    Join the executive staff of the Philadelphia Union to welcome the MLS team to the area and network with members of the local and international business community and soccer enthusiasts alike.

    Space is limited!
    Click here to register now.

    For more information, please contact Jaime Scofield at jscofield@greaterphilachamber.com or call 215-790-3627.

    Presented By: British American Business Council; Chilean and American Chamber of Commerce; French-American Chamber of Commerce; German-American Chamber of Commerce; Italy-America Chamber of Commerce; Irish American Business Chamber & Network; Japan America Society of Greater Philadelphia; Swedish American Chamber of Commerce

    Creativity & Your Workforce January 15, 2010

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    Submitted by Virginia Maroun, Senior VP, External Affairs, Arts & Business Council of Greater Philadelphia

    Is creativity an intensified expectation for your team and your company as we enter a new decade?  

    Writer Daniel Pink, who was recently quoted on CBS Sunday Morning, (http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2010/01/10/sunday/main6078280.shtml) would say that creativity is central to innovation.

    Pink was also the keynote speaker in late 2009 at a seminar on corporate creativity presented by the Arts & Business Council of Greater Philadelphia (a Chamber affiliate) with Towers Perrin (now Towers Watson). The seminar was part of an on-going project measuring creativity among employers in the Greater Philadelphia Region.  

    Training for the Council’s Business Volunteers for the Arts, a program known to inspire creativity in its business participants, will be held on March 6. To register call 215-790-3620 or visit www.artsandbusinessphila.org/BVA/

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