Economic Development

Speak Up, Speak Out for Germantown at District Plan Meeting Monday, Jan. 8th

Planning for the City of Philadelphia’s Upper Northwest District Plan, which includes Germantown, kicks off Monday, January 8. The plan will address topics like: Housing; Jobs and businesses; Zoning (regulates what can be built where); Transportation; Rec centers, parks, other city-owned properties; Protecting historic buildings and sites; And more! How do you want to see Germantown grow and prosper? Be there to attend and share your vision.

Germantown United Community Development Corporation Wins Preservation Grant

To commemorate the 40th anniversary of the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s work to revitalize America’s Main Streets, the National Trust joined with American Express, National Geographic, and Main Street America for Partners in Preservation: Main Streets, a community-based campaign to raise awareness about the importance of preserving America’s Main Street districts.

The Open Doors in Germantown project, led by the Germantown United Community Development Corporation, finished in first place out of 25 main street districts in a nationwide popular voting competition from September 25 through October 31, and earned a $150,000 grant for historic preservation. Germantown also won an additional $10,000 grant for increasing its vote total by the highest percentage during a one-week voting challenge.

Germantown United Community Development Corporation A Finalist For National Trust for Historic Preservation Grant

As a finalist in the Partners in Preservation: Main Streets campaign, Germantown United Community Development Corporation encourages the public to visit VoteYourMainStreet.org/Germantown to help Germantown United CDC secure funding to preserve two buildings on Germantown Avenue’s business corridor: Parker Hall (5801 Germantown Ave) and John Trower’s building (5706 Germantown Ave). Germantown is the only neighborhood in Philadelphia and the entire state of Pennsylvania participating in this competition. With the awarded funds, this project will provide necessary facade and structural improvements to these two significant 20th-century African-American historic sites.

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September 6, 2017
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Germantown Business Info Session: Activate Your Storefront, Wednesday, Sept. 20

Germantown United CDC’s next Germantown Business Info Session, organized in partnership with The Business Center, will be held on Wednesday, September 20 from 8 a.m. – 10 …

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September 4, 2017
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Germantown In the News: September 2017 Recap

Germantown is in the news! Germantown United CDC staff pick your must-reads of the month, with a focus on business, economic development, and neighborhood revitalization news. …

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August 28, 2017
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Power Up Your Business

Germantown United CDC is partnering with the Community College of Philadelphia and a diverse and collaborative team working to support the micro-businesses and small companies in Philadelphia.

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August 8, 2017
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Do you want a farmer’s market in Germantown?

A new farmers market is being proposed for Germantown. Weavers Way Co-op, Greener Pastures, and Germantown United CDC are trying to assess the level of interest of consumers in the community for a farmers’ market. Providing answers to these questions will help gather information and build a market that provides the products and services you desire. A new farmers market is being proposed for Germantown. Weavers Way Co-op, Greener Pastures, and Germantown United CDC are trying to assess the level of interest of consumers in the community for a farmers’ market. Providing answers to these questions will help gather information and build a market that provides the products and services you desire. Take this short survey >>

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March 2, 2017
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Germantown Business Info Session: Creative Ways of Financing Your Business, Wednesday, March 15

Germantown United CDC’s next Germantown Business Info Session, organized in partnership with The Business Center, will be held on Wednesday, March 15, 2017 from 8am – 9:30am. A panel of experts will discuss various ways of financing your business, using loans, equity, and grants. Anyone who owns a local business, or is interested in opening a business in Germantown is welcome to attend this FREE program. All sessions include time for attendees to network, ask questions, and talk with Germantown United CDC staff members. Learn more.

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February 18, 2017
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Germantown In the News: September 2017 Recap

Germantown is in the news! Germantown United CDC staff pick your must-reads of the month, with a focus on business, economic development, and neighborhood revitalization news.

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September 6, 2016
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RES to complete Chelten Avenue Commercial Corridor Market Study and Revitalization Strategy

Germantown United Community Development Corporation (GUCDC) has retained Real Estate Strategies, Inc. (RES) to conduct a market study and develop a revitalization strategy for the Chelten Avenue commercial corridor in Germantown. GUCDC is actively working to bolster and reinforce the vibrancy of Chelten Avenue to meet the needs of the surrounding community, attract visitors from outside the immediate neighborhood, and provide employment opportunities for neighborhood residents. Read more.