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Reimagine, Redesign, Rebuild the Civic Commons for a Greater Good


Thursday, June 09, 2016
8:30 – 9:00 AM : Registration, Networking & Breakfast
9:00 – 10:30 AM: Program
10:30 – 11:00 AM: VIP

1412 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102
In late 2014, Philadelphia got the rare opportunity to test a new approach for enhancing its parks, recreation centers and libraries. The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and the William Penn Foundation partnered with the Fairmount Park Conservancy to support five major public investments with the goal of exploring how civic spaces can be used as a way to improve neighborhoods. In the midst of this partnership leading public, private, philanthropic and nonprofit sector voices are exploring what this means for the vitality of civic life.

The Arts + Business Council, in partnership with the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce, invites you to a conversation on June 9th, featuring Urban Revitalization Strategist and MacArthur "Genius" Fellow, Majora Carter. Carter's creation and successful implementation of numerous green-infrastructure projects has led to innovative ventures and insights into urban economic developments designed to help move Americans out of poverty. After a keynote presentation, Carter will join a panel of regional thought leaders to discuss their vision for an efficient, engaged and exciting civic commons strategy.

This event is presented in partnership with the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce Roadmap for Growth Campaign. The Roadmap for Growth is a multi-year initiative to engage Mayor Jim Kenney and City Council in a shared agenda to promote economic growth and job creation in the City of Philadelphia.

Majora Carter

Majora Carter is an urban revitalization strategy consultant, real estate developer, and Peabody Award winning broadcaster. She is responsible for the creation & successful implementation of numerous green-infrastructure projects, policies, and job training & placement systems.

After establishing Sustainable South Bronx and Green For All (among other organizations) to carry on that work, she built on this foundation with innovative ventures and insights into urban economic developments designed to help move Americans out of poverty. Her long list of awards and honorary degrees include accolades from groups as diverse as Rupert Murdoch’s News Corporation, John Podesta’s Center for American Progress, Goldman Sachs, as well as a MacArthur “genius” Fellowship. Her 2006 TEDtalk was one of the first 6 videos to launch their groundbreaking website. Majora is a Board Member of the Andrew Goodman Foundation.

Majora has continually set new standards of excellence with projects in her South Bronx community, while expanding her reach through philanthropic pursuits and business interests that have all pointed toward greater self-esteem and economic potential for low-income people everywhere.

twitter: @MajoraCarter

VIP guests will have preferred seating and access to a meet and greet with the speakers. Registration is required and space is limited.


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