Schuylkill Banks and Grays Ferry
Visit USA Today’s 2016
Best Urban Trail. The Schuylkill River
Trail is 60 miles of finished trail
that extends across southeastern Pennsylvania.
On this tour, you will explore Schuylkill
Banks, the Philadelphia segment of the
trail that connects greenways, parks,
educational institutions, residential
developments, and industrial sites throughout
the heart of the city. The tour will
also visit Grays Ferry Crescent, a section
of the trail that, when completed, will
serve as a link for residents in this
south Philadelphia neighborhood to opportunities
throughout the city.
Please be advised: This is a walking tour that will cover approximately 1.5 miles of the Schuylkill River Trail. You should wear comfortable clothing and shoes.
Philadelphia Low-Cost Strategies to Improve Quality of Life : On this tour, you will see how a range of Philadelphia institutions are working to integrate access to arts, culture, and the outdoors to improve the quality of life for residents in neighborhoods across the city. Not only have these initiatives enriched neighborhoods, but they have been implemented with minimal cost. You will learn more about these actionable strategies and how to use them in your community.
Mt. Airy Neighborhood : Learn how Philadelphia's Mt. Airy neighborhood became one of the nation’s first intentionally integrated neighborhoods 60 years ago when faith- and community-based organizations proactively welcomed African-American residents. Speak with Abigail Perkiss, resident and author of Making Good Neighbors: Civil Rights, Liberalism, and Integration in Postwar Philadelphia, and see a long-established food co-op, a nonprofit arts organization, and a new incubator for immigrant-owned businesses. The tour includes a conversation with residents, business owners, and civic leaders about successes, issues, and challenges in maintaining neighborhood diversity and inclusion.
Building an Inclusive,
In this session, thought leader Xavier de Souza Briggs will reflect on how foundations are redefining their funding approaches to address the underlying systems that can both create and sustain inequity across the United States. He will then join other leading experts who will challenge us to think critically about creating places of opportunity and to reflect on the education, job training, and innovation needed to prepare our communities for a new economy. View Presentation
Where Should We Build Affordable Housing?: The recent U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Final Rule on Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing seems to have everyone asking where affordable housing should be built to achieve the highest impact. While the regulation encourages new affordable housing construction in higher-income communities to overcome the detrimental effects of segregation, studies have also found that affordable housing plays an important role in revitalizing low-income neighborhoods. Furthermore, it is more cost effective to build in permanent affordability when a neighborhood is at the early stages of revitalization.Come participate in a provocative discussion about where limited affordable housing dollars should be invested.
Addressing Extreme Poverty: Approaches That Work: Cities and nonprofits are adopting innovative new programs to help households move out of deep poverty. In this workshop, we explore several key approaches to providing very low-income residents with the critical tools necessary for economic mobility and an improved quality of life.
Connecting Communities to Capital Through Collaboration: In this session, we explore how to create successful collaborations and movements for change that bring together public and private sector stakeholders for the benefit of the community. One of these movements involves pay for success financing, a new form of funding that advances program delivery, improves accountability, and increases rigor in performance measurement. Another involves capital absorption, which strengthens community investment systems and capacity. A third highlights the Working Cities Challenge, a cross-sector collaboration underway in New England that provides capital and strengthens partnerships to improve local economics.
Join esteemed leaders as they reflect on the role their institutions play in transforming regional economies. They will highlight how they are embracing new partnerships and broadening their traditional focuses of interest to foster positive change in the neighborhoods and communities that surround them. View Presentation
Welcome reception at the Hilton Philadelphia at Penn's Landing
A Seat at the Table: Best Practices for Resident Engagement : The goal of community development is to improve conditions in all neighborhoods and for all people, but the strategies are not always inclusive of the needs and voices of all residents. Participate in this interactive learning lab hosted at Drexel University’s Dornsife Center for Neighborhood Partnerships, where experts will guide you in exercises and activities that foster greater resident engagement and the exchange of ideas at the grassroots level. This session is organized in partnership with the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC).
What Are the ABCs of CRA? : This learning lab will provide a comprehensive look at the responsibilities of financial institutions under the Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) and will offer insights into fostering new collaborations with financial institutions in your community. Join us for this deep dive into recent CRA updates and the role of the regulation in today’s environment. This session, which will be held at the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia, is organized in partnership with the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation and the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency.
At the Intersection of Education and Employment (MP3 Audio, 69.5 MB, 1:17:58): Workforce and educational leaders are recognizing that stronger connections must be forged between high school and postsecondary education or employment, especially for “opportunity youth” — those who are neither employed nor in school. Learn about successful and innovative models from a community college, a charter school, and a career and technical education center. A representative from a leading foundation in workforce initiatives will share insights about what is needed to make these models work.
New Funding Sources for Community and Economic Development (MP3 Audio, 88.2 MB, 1:28:40): From changes at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission that allow small businesses to solicit funding in new ways to new Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) regulations that allow retirement funds to invest for environmental and social impact, there are new sources of money out there that your locality can tap. This session discusses impact investing and new potential resources for community and economic development.
Equitable Development: Addressing Gentrification and Displacement (MP3 Audio, 84.2 MB, 1:29:10): When does neighborhood revitalization become gentrification? What actions can ensure that existing residents are able to stay and benefit from new amenities in changing neighborhoods? This session focuses on tangible actions a locality can take to prevent displacement of existing residents and promote equitable development when new investment comes to its neighborhoods.
Building a Modern, Inclusive Economic Development Plan (MP3 Audio, 83.0 MB, 1:29:44): Today, the definition of success for an economic development program has changed dramatically from encouraging existing businesses to relocate and create jobs downtown to expanding homegrown businesses and preparing residents for available jobs through better links between economic development and workforce development. This session will look at programs designed to achieve an inclusive economic development plan in your community.
Rebuilding Household Balance Sheets and Improving Financial Capability (MP3 Audio, 82.6 MB, 1:28:17): Leaders from across the country present the latest research and trends in family wealth and provide concrete recommendations for how to improve family household financial security as well as best practices on how to build low-income household wealth.
From Pop-Ups to Permanent: Creative Reuse of Vacant Land in Lower-Income Neighborhoods (MP3 Audio, 80.5 MB, 1:26:59): Communities waiting for their vacant land supply to match market demand are developing exciting new temporary uses for vacant land that are enlivening neighborhoods, attracting new residents, and creating startup locations for brick-and-mortar businesses. This session explores how cities are reactivating idle resources as well as creating new temporary neighborhood amenities.
Where Health and Community Development Meet (MP3 Audio, 77.6 MB, 1:25:49): Community health and community development professionals are creating deliberate and strategic alliances to improve the health of communities and residents. This workshop will explore key programs that improve health, reduce health-care costs, and enhance neighborhood conditions and quality of life.
The Changing World of Small Business Finance (MP3 Audio, 86.4 MB, 1:29:52): Cities are actively working with small businesses to help them expand and create new jobs. Nonbank alternative lenders are making loans, and new Internet marketplaces are appearing. This workshop looks at exciting new opportunities to inject capital into small businesses and explains the potential dangers as well.
Early Childhood Programs with High Returns on Investment: (MP3 Audio, 80.2 MB, 1:25:09): Leaders in the field discuss the strengths and weaknesses of different early childhood programs that provide resources and support for children from birth to elementary school. This session will explore how these programs can “pay for themselves” by offering end results such as reduction in crime, improved school performance, and better economic opportunities for participating children. Panelists also will discuss strategies for supporting quality across a variety of early childhood programs and approaches on how to finance them.
Innovation Districts: The New Geography of Innovation (MP3 Audio, 75.9 MB, 1:25:30): Cambridge, MA, Philadelphia, PA, St. Louis, MO, and Chattanooga, TN, are attempting to create a magical mix of academic, private sector, nonprofit, and government talent to breed cross-sector activity and to foster greater innovation and entrepreneurship. This session asks what is an innovation district and can it truly create more economic growth without major tax incentives or costly capital investments?
From Policy to Practice: Eight Stories of Transformation: Discussing policy options and strategies to help transform communities is one thing; putting them into practice is another. In this plenary session Powered by PechaKucha, in which 20 slides are shown for 20 seconds each, you’ll learn about key efforts underway in eight communities across the country. These programs, collaborations, and initiatives are transforming neighborhoods, encouraging business growth and entrepreneurship, and expanding the health and vitality of communities. View Presentation
Inclusive Housing Policy and the Transformative Economy (MP3 Audio, 80.0 MB, 1:30:03): Join leading experts to explore how housing policies related to new construction, rehabilitation, preservation, and financing can contribute to positive change in local communities. Speakers will reflect on what has worked in the past and will share inclusive policies that can contribute to a transformative economy going forward.
Immigrant Integration as an Economic Development Strategy (MP3 Audio, 80.0 MB, 1:30:03): The successful integration of immigrants contributes to the economic vitality of our communities and provides the cultural, social, and religious diversity that creates great places to live and work. Nonprofits and local governments are developing local policies that integrate newcomers into housing, education, and job training while embracing diversity.
Economic Revitalization and Philanthropic Investment in Small and Mid-Size Cities: Small and mid-size cities have unique assets and challenges. Many of those with a heavy industrial heritage have been decimated by decades of economic decline, depopulation, and physical distress. Further, new research on philanthropic flows for community and economic development suggests that small and mid-size cities are further handicapped by limited subsidy dollars (on a per capita basis), as compared with large metro areas. But some of these cities have reinvented themselves and created new, valuable, competitive advantages for local residents and businesses. Small and mid-size cities that have found pathways to revitalization are the focus of this session. Join us as we explore arcs of rejuvenation in these cities, as well as the various forces affecting philanthropic investments for economic revitalization.
Presidents’ Perspectives: The Fed’s Role in Our Communities: Join esteemed Federal Reserve presidents Patrick T. Harker, Dennis P. Lockhart, and Loretta J. Mester for a critical conversation about the Fed’s role in transforming our economies. After keynote remarks from Philadelphia Fed President Harker, all leaders will engage in an interactive dialogue. They will reflect on the key economic challenges facing communities and on how economic research can be an effective tool in bringing about economic transformation. They will also recommend new strategies and partnerships for moving forward. View Presentation
Reinventing Our Communities: Transforming
Our Economies will be held at the
Hilton Philadelphia at Penn’s Landing located at
201 S. Christopher Columbus Blvd.
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19106.
Please note that the room block at the Hilton Philadelphia at Penn’s Landing has reached capacity.
There may be additional rooms available at a higher rate.
There are many other hotels in the Philadelphia area. Nearby, walkable options include:
Sheraton Society Hill
1 Dock Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106
Holiday Inn Express
Philadelphia E — Penn’s Landing
100 N. Christopher Columbus Blvd.
Philadelphia, PA 19106
Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia
Community Development Studies & Education Department
Ten Independence Mall
Philadelphia, PA 19106-1574
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