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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.

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