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August 24, 2015
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GUCDC highlighted in Philly.com’s The Next Mayor Project

Germantown United CDC is participating in Philly.com’s Street Level series, part of The Next Mayor project. Watch our video and check out GU’s profile on Philly.com after the jump. In a few weeks, candidates Jim Kenney and Melissa Murray Bailey will tell us what they would do about it, as our next mayor.

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August 19, 2015
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For the Doers: A Guide to Germantown United CDC

Thanks to everyone who came out to GU’s For The Doers: Build A Better Germantown, our volunteer info session held on July 30, 2015. If you couldn’t be there but would like to learn more about volunteer opportunities and our work in general, you can now view a digital version of our presentation right here on our site. Worth a look for anyone interested in keeping up-to-date with GU and getting involved!

Funding opportunities for local businesses

The Merchant Fund’s Business Stabilization grant (deadline approaching: September 15!) and the City of Philadelphia’s Storefront Improvement Program (SIP) are currently accepting applications from small businesses looking to grow their businesses and improve their storefronts. Want to know how Germantown United CDC can support a grant application for your business? Read on.

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May 15, 2015
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Re-imagining Maplewood Mall Festival, a “Germantown Renaissance” is Saturday, May 30th

The 3rd annual spring Re-imagining Maplewood Mall Festival will take place on Maplewood Mall (between Germantown Avenue and Greene Streets) on Saturday, May 30th (rain date June 6th), from 12pm to 5:00pm. This free event will offer live music, food from restaurants in and around the Mall (Flower Café, K&J Caribbean, and Little Jimmies), locally made arts and crafts vendors, and entertainment for children.

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March 19, 2015
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YWCA Update: Councilwoman Bass uses NTI Funds to Support the YWCA

Eight District Councilwoman Cindy Bass has announced that she will use $2.2 million in Neighborhood Transformation Initiative (“NTI”) funds to stabilize the historic Germantown YWCA building. The Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority is also providing additional funds to rehab the property, totaling approximately $4 million of investment, as reported in The Philadelphia Inquirer. In her news release, Councilwoman Bass addresses rising community concern about development in the neighborhood. The full text of Councilwoman Bass’ statement follows below.

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February 26, 2015
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Tickets Going Fast! Attend GUCDC’s Annual Fundraiser on May 7th: For the Love of Germantown!

For the Love of Germantown! is an annual fundraiser supporting Germantown United CDC’s important work to revitalize Germantown. The event is held at the Oaks Cloisters, a lavish and truly unique landmark in Germantown. More than 250 attendees are expected to attend, representing Germantown and its surrounding neighborhoods such as Mt. Airy, Chestnut Hill, Manayunk, and East Falls. The keynote speaker for this year’s event is Stephen Spinelli Jr., Ph.D., President of Philadelphia University and Co-Founder and previous owner of Jiffy Lube International. Join us on Thursday, May 7th to support our work and celebrate with food, music, and history.

GUCDC Hosts Meeting on National Main Street Model

As a result of our annual Board Retreat in October of this past year, Germantown United CDC (GUCDC) decided to adopt the National Main Street model as a way to guide our work as the commercial corridor manager. The Main Street Approach, a 4 point strategy to revitalize commercial corridors through community input and collaboration, was developed by the National Main Street Center, a subsidiary of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

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January 30, 2015
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YWCA Building: Watch Video From the Jan. 22 Community Meeting

We would like to thank all who attended the meeting about the redevelopment of the YWCA Building including Brian Abernathy from the Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority (PRA), Councilwoman Cindy Bass, and all the presenters, including members of the community, Center in the Park, Mission First Housing, and Philly Office Retail. From the meeting about the YWCA, we learned that an expedited L&I building inspection was being requested by PRA and the Councilwoman’s office. As soon as we learn the results we will publish it on this site. If you missed the meeting or want to revisit the conversation, watch the complete video of the event and view the agenda after the jump.