Economic Development

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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.

Revitalization of a historic YWCA brings hope for more change in Germantown
February 18, 2017
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Germantown In the News: February 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.

Germantown Second Saturday Festival is Saturday, May 14, 2016, 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.

The Germantown Second Saturday Festival will be held on Saturday, May 14, 2016 from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. in Northwest Philadelphia’s Germantown neighborhood. The festival will take place along a one-block stretch of Germantown Avenue, between School House Lane and Coulter Street, and surround Market Square Park (5501 Germantown Avenue). Rain or shine. The community festival, presented by Historic Germantown and Germantown United Community Development Corporation, invites the public to experience Germantown. Read the full press release.

Shape Chelten Ave: Rapid Planning Project with The American Planning Association, May 16-20

You’re invited to an interactive workshop that will help shape the future of West Chelten Avenue. Residents, business owners, and other stakeholders will be asked to contribute their local knowledge and ideas towards building a collective vision of this commercial corridor. Your participation is critical to the success of this project! Presented by Germantown United CDC and the American Planning Association. Our project will take place during the week of May 16-20, 2016 and include two public events on May 16 and May 19. Learn more.

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January 18, 2016
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Germantown United CDC is a finalist in the Knight Cities Challenge!

Germantown United CDC is 1 of 158 finalists in The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation’s Knight Cities Challenge! Civic innovators from across the country submitted more than 4,500 ideas to this year’s challenge.

Germantown United CDC Receives $25,000 Civic Engagement Grant from Pennsylvania Humanities Council

Germantown United Community Development Corporation has received a one-year, $25,000 civic engagement grant from the Pennsylvania Humanities Council centered on pre-work for a comprehensive neighborhood plan. Understanding the need for a resident-driven approach to community planning and development, Germantown United CDC has joined forces with the theater-based nonprofit Just Act to connect organized groups of residents operating at the micro level – from block associations to neighborhood civics with limited boundaries – and map both the formal and informal networks currently contributing to community improvement efforts in Germantown.

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December 17, 2015
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First Look at New Neighborhood Website for Germantown

Germantown United CDC is excited to share the design drafts for the long-awaited online business directory and neighborhood website for Germantown, launching in early 2016. GUCDC received a grant from the Philadelphia Commerce Department to develop the website, which will promote the revitalization of Germantown’s business corridors and inform residents and visitors about amenities and attractions in the neighborhood.

Germantown In the News: November + December 2015

Germantown is in the news! Germantown United CDC staff pick your must-reads of the month, including Pulitzer prize-winning writer Inga Saffron’s take on the renovation of Vernon Park, Germantown’s business district, neighborhood revitalization, and rising development. Good stuff!

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November 6, 2015
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Germantown United CDC featured in The Philadelphia Inquirer today

Parks can be a powerful tool to rescue struggling commercial areas. Pulitzer prize-winning writer Inga Saffron, architecture critic for The Philadelphia Inquirer, recently visited Germantown to tour the newly renovated Vernon Park, which fronts Germantown’s central business district. Read her take on the park’s comeback, neighborhood revitalization, and rising development in Germantown.