Saying Farewell and Thanks for a Job Well Done to Philadelphia Mayor Michael A. Nutter

By Gloria Dulan-Wilson

Hello All:

Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter

I've been writing this article over and over again in my mind for the past month, as the time grew closer to Michael Nutter stepping down as two-term mayor of Philadelphia, passing the baton, as it were, to upcoming mayor-elect Kenny, who is scheduled to take is oath of office on Monday, January 4.
I  will definitely miss this brother.  GDW

I am going on record, as I have on several occasions, in expressing my admiration for Mayor Michael Nutter.  He has done a yeoman's job of the highest order in serving as mayor of a very complex city.  Philadelphia's place in the history of the United States is indesputable - but most don't realize that it has the largest Black population of a major urban/metropolitan city in the US - 68%.  It is also rooted in the fact that it is the city of the  Constitution of the United States, the Declaration of Independence (which will be 240 years old in 2016); and  is one of the greatest and most prolific music centers in the US.  Philadelphia, like many large metropolitan centers, swings between abject poverty and stunning opulence!  It's a terrific balancing act to handle all the divergent interests and conflicts and continue to make progress at the same time.   And Michael A. Nutter has done just that.

He had a world class vision for Philadelphia from the outset, and, despite set backs and some loose ends that needed to be tied, fences that needed mending, and maybe even some toes that had to be stepped on, he kept going intrepidly forward to make it happen.

The results:  The Pope Made Philadelphia one of his must visit places in the US
The Democratic National Convention of 2016 will be held in Philadelphia
A major helicopter fabrication plant is being located in Philly, bringing thousands of jobs with it;
HUD gives $30 million to build affordable homes
And Philadelphia, that is sometimes secretly called "filthydelphia" is cleaning up its act, while continuing to engage the people who are part and  parcel of the community that goes to make p this great city.

Mayor Nutter and then Presidential Candidate Barack Obama

I first met the mayor, shortly after his taking office, at the 2008 Democratic National Convention in Denver, CO.  I was duly impressed, because he took the time to engage in conversation  about his hopes for Philadelphia's future, and his confidence that Obama would not only get the nomination, but that he would win.  That, in and of itself, got my attention, because there were still so many at the time trying to detract from him and pulling for Hillary.

The second time I met mayor Nutter was in 2012 at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, NC, where he pledged that Obama would carry Philadelphia and Pennsylvania.  A tall order, considering the fact that the governor of Pennsylvania - Tom Corbett - was a repuglycon, who had been taking pot shots at the City of Philadelphia. 

The third time I met mayor Nutter was at the ribbon cutting for the natural pathway along the Delaware River - extending the nature walk to preserve the ecology and greenspace in Philadelphia.

Was he a perfect mayor?  Absolutely not!  But then, perfection is so over rated.  I have heard a great many detractors - and I've had some differences of agreement on certain issues with him over the short time that I've lived here (2  years); but by and large, I think Michael Nutter will prove to have been one of Philadelphia's greatest mayors. 

I actually have 900 pages of press releases and statements that I've received over the past two years - and I'm totally impressed with how much he's managed to do, and continues to do up to the very last day of his tenure.    

There have been some pundits who have criticized his not balancing the budget; or the fact that he was not able to expand certain programs per campaign promises.  But, in going through the more than  900 pages - and I hate to tell you how many press releases that turns out to be - I've seen a person who loves his city and was doing all he could to make it shine.  When you consider that he only had one year under a democratic governor - Tom Wolf -  who is being set upon by repuglycon vultures in the State House - Nutter has managed to accomplish a lot under some of the most hostile and adverse circumstances.  This makes him one of my personal heroes.  

The following are some of the highlights (from my standpoint) of Nutter's Tenure during my 2 years here - not exhaustive, but I hope insightful and enlightning.  

It is now January 31, 2015, 1:00 in the Afternoon on New Years Eve - and Mayor Nutter is giving his last press conference before stepping down - I'm unfortunately not there, because I'm completing this Blog Post on him.  But Philadelphians should know that he worked up to the very last minute of his tenure.

Thursday, December 31, 2015       FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


City Commits to Fund Eight Developments Totaling 388 Homes

Philadelphia, December 31, 2015 – Mayor Michael A. Nutter announced that Philadelphia has committed $13.4 million to fund eight affordable housing developments. These developments will produce 388 affordable homes.
“Nearly 4,000 affordable homes have been built in Philadelphia since January 2008,” said Mayor Nutter. “These new developments will add another 300 affordable homes to our housing stock and preserve 80 affordable homes.”
 The eight projects will further the City’s commitment to serve people with disabilities, adding 86 accessible units to the City’s housing stock.
 “Philadelphia desperately needs housing accessible to people with disabilities,” said Mayor Nutter. “These homes will enable 86 people to live more independently.” 
 The development cost for all eight projects is $118.7 million. The City’s $13.4 million investment will leverage more than $105 million.  The Office of Housing and Community Development (OHCD) selected the developments through a Request for Proposal process. 
“These developments are not just about affordable housing,” said Deborah McColloch, director of OHCD. “They will help revitalize the neighborhoods in which they are located.”
 The award of City funding is a key step for these developments.
 The next step is to apply to the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency for Low Income Housing Tax Credits (LIHTC). An “Intent to Submit” for LIHTCs must be submitted to PHFA by January 8, 2016. City funding will strengthen each application.


MAYOR NUTTER PROVIDES UPDATE ON PHILADELPHIA EDUCATION SUPPLIES FUND:  On December 21, 2015,  Mayor  Nutter announced that the Philadelphia Education Supplies Fund has exceeded its 2015 fundraising goal of $500,000.  The Fund is a  five-year fundraising initiative, which seeks to  raise $2.5 million to provide money to eligible District-managed, Charter and Archdiocesan, K-12 schools to purchase supplemental classroom supplies, including workbooks, paper, pens and pencils.  Nutter launched the fund in September 2013, and has raised more than $1.54 million.  The city initially contributed $200,000. 
 (NOTE: This fund was developed after 30 schools were closed down and students and educators were shuffled around the city to other schools.  Nutter tried to thwart the State's effort to decimate Philadelphia's School system)

Per Nutter:  “A successful learning experience starts with great schools, engaged teachers and administrators, and the basic supplies necessary to achieve academically.  When our children have outdated books or not enough workbooks or when their classrooms don’t have paper or pens, we are doing them a disservice and limiting their chance for future success.  The Philadelphia Education Supplies Fund helps ensure our neediest schools have the supplies they need to educate our city’s children."
From funds raised this year, 292 schools will receive funds, including:
 School District of Philadelphia, 212 schools;
Charter, 67 schools;
Archdiocese of Philadelphia, 12 schools; and
Independent/Private, 1 school.

December 16, 2015 — Mayor Michael A. Nutter and his team  obtained a $100 million funding  grant for security during the Democratic National Convention (DNC),  to be shared by Philadelphia and Cleveland (RNC), to ensure safety during the conventions.

Mayor Nutter:  “The City of Philadelphia is thrilled to make history again as the host city for the 2016 Democratic National Convention.  Planning is well underway and delegates, party leadership and convention attendees can look forward to a professionally and efficiently run, exciting and safe experience in the City of Brotherly Love and Sisterly Affection.  I want to recognize the tremendous leadership of DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz throughout the bid, selection and planning process."
December 3, 2015:  Mayor Nutter and the Democratic National Convention CEO, Rev. Leah Daughtry, host Media Day at Wells Fargo Stadium for upcoming 2016 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia.

Mayor Michael Nutter and Rev. Leah Daughtry, CEO of the Democratic National Convention

September 22 - 26, World Conference of Families and the Papal Visit to Philadelphia: You can Google this yourself for the impact on the City.

Welcome America:  Ran from the week prior to the 4th of July Holiday through Labor Day, with 50 plus attractions interspersed throughout Philadelphia - bringing thousands of tourists and employing hundreds of Philadelphians

 January 29, 2015:   Philadelphia is a city in demand - Mayor Michael A. Nutter addressed the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce at its annual Mayoral Luncheon and President’s Circle Reception.  

NUTTER:  "Today, I am pleased to say Philadelphia is in the best shape it’s been in for many years.  We are experiencing growth across the board – population, employment and development.

After seven consecutive years of growth 
>53,000 new residents in Philadelphia, including the largest percentage of millennial population growth of any major city in America.
 >Jobs – we’re at our highest level in a decade; 
total number of employed Philadelphians is higher now than at any time since 2001.              >Our current unemployment rate is 6.4% -- the lowest since 2008.  
 >Our economy is booming – since January 2014, more than $8.5 billion of projects have been completed, under construction or announced in our City.
> We’re a hub for start-ups and headquarters, large corporations and small businesses, satellite offices and skyscrapers. 
 >American Bible Society is relocating its headquarters from New York City to Philadelphia this summer.  They were very clear and straight forward about it. They said that they’re coming to Philadelphia because of our high-quality of life, affordability and diverse faith-based community.  They are also bringing 200 new employees with to 5th and Market Street.
> Integrichain, a New Jersey technology company, which is moving its headquarters to Philadelphia because the talent they need to grow, that talent wants to in Philadelphia in Eight Penn Center; and 
>HOK, a global design, architecture, engineering and planning firm with offices on three continents.  The office will be at One Logan Square and it intends to hire 40 local employees.
 Philadelphia is a more attractive place to live, work, raise our families and visit and a better city to start, stay or grow a business.

NUTTER:  "Our City’s growth and prosperity is not the result of one Administration’s labor.  Mayors, working with City Council, other elected officials and this business community, set the course of growth, plan for it and manage it. But, mayors don’t start with a blank slate.  They must address the challenges they’ve inherited while capitalizing on the assets they have available. They stand on the shoulders of those who came before them –
We too have focused on improving the hospitality and tourism sector.  Over the last seven years, we’ve transformed the Benjamin Franklin Parkway into our cultural corridor – adding the Barnes Foundation Museum to this incredible stretch of attractions. Today, hospitality is among the top economic drivers for our city.
We’re seeking out federal funding for vulnerable neighborhoods, like Mantua, which was designated as one of five Promise Zones by President Barack Obama, and North Central Philadelphia, which received a $30 million Choice Neighborhood grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.
 Through our Philadelphia Land Bank, and by the way, Philadelphia is the largest city in America to have a Land Bank, we’re working with the private sector, non-profit organizations and individuals to take blighted, abandoned properties and return them to productive use and create more commercial development, market-rate and affordable housing, community gardens and more economic vitality in communities all across the city.
 But mayors can’t accomplish these feats alone.  They need the partnership of the business community and our residents. 
Being mayor isn’t about treading water.  It’s not about maintaining the status quo. It’s about action.  It’s about getting stuff done.  It’s about leaving the City better than you found it, as the Athenian Oath commands us – standing on the shoulders of those who came before you."

Washington, DC, February 12, 2015 – DNC Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz announced Philadelphia will host the 2016 Democratic National Convention the week of July 25, 2016. The DNC signed the final contract with Philadelphia this morning.

“I am thrilled to announce that Philadelphia will host the convention where we will nominate the 45th President of the United States.  In addition to their commitment to a seamless and safe convention, Philadelphia’s deep rooted place in American history provides a perfect setting for this special gathering. I cannot wait to join Democrats across the country to celebrate our shared values, lay out a Democratic vision for the future, and support our nominee.”
  Debbie Wasserman Schultz

The DNC’s Technical Advisory Group evaluated cities across the country, looking at factors such as hotel capacity, transportation, security, financing and logistics.
 NUTTER:  “The City of Philadelphia is excited and honored to be selected as the host city for the 2016 Democratic National Convention.  We believe that it was our proven track record of hosting big events safely and efficiently with a dynamic team of top-tier professionals to organize and manage a conference of this magnitude, paired with our City’s tremendous amenities, its accessible location and historical significance, which made Philadelphia the ideal choice for the 2016 DNC.  I want to thank our great team at PHL DNC 2016.

September 30, 2014   PHILLY SELECTED AS RECIPIENT OF ‘SECOND CHANCE ACT’ GRANT  OF $750,000 FROM U.S. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE'S Bureau of Justice Assistance, to help Philadelphians who have been released from the City prison system to become productive citizens and avoid re-incarceration.  The federal Second Chance Act of 2008 authorizes federal grants to government agencies and non-profit organizations to provide strategies and services designed to reduce recidivism by improving opportunities for returning citizens.   The funds will support the Philadelphia Returning Citizens Demonstration Program, which enrolls 105 medium- to high-risk male returning citizens, ages 18-40, and will focus on reducing recidivism among the group.  All of the program participants have served time in the Philadelphia Prison System (PPS) and are returning to homes in North Philadelphia’s 22ndPolice District, which is the focus of the city’s Youth Violence Prevention Strategy.

NUTTER: “Every year, thousands of citizens are released from local correctional facilities and return to their families and friends in Philadelphia.  Their successful re-integration into our communities is often hindered by challenges like a lack of education, job-training and limited opportunities for employment and housing.  This Second Chance grant provides funds to create a solid programmatic structure which will allow the City of Philadelphia to provide our returning citizens with a seamless and coordinated re-entry process.  The Philadelphia Returning Citizens Demonstration Program will provide services like job readiness and placement, as well as skills training, adult literacy and housing supports.”

The Philadelphia Returning Citizens Demonstration Program will be led by the Mayor’s Office of Reintegration Services (R.I.S.E.) working in partnership with the Philadelphia Re-entry Coalition.

PHILADELPHIA PROMISE ZONE in the Mantua section of West Philadelphia.   The tour highlighted redevelopment already underway in Mantua and featured three stops: the Mount Vernon Manor Apartments, the People’s Emergency Center, and the Montgomery Early Learning Center Families First location.
NUTTER:  “Promise Zones are communities with deep-seated challenges.  Mantua faces persistent, high poverty – nearly double the poverty rate of the entire city – low educational attainment, high crime, low rates of employment and high rates of long-term housing vacancy.   But, Mantua also has strong neighborhood assets, like transit, new developments, both housing and commercial, a strong anchor in Drexel University, high-quality early learning opportunities, access to skills development and employment opportunities, and more, supporting its transformation.  The Promise Zone designation will help Mantua leverage those assets and the involvement of community members and partners to create lasting change.  I want to thank Secretary Castro for coming to see first-hand that this transformation is already underway.”

The City of Philadelphia was one of three cities and a total of five areas selected for a Promise Zone designation, a federal initiative to accelerate revitalization efforts in targeted areas.  The Promise Zone initiative is led by the White House with support from federal agencies, including the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, U.S. Department of Agriculture, U.S. Department of Education and U.S. Department of Justice. 

September 4, 2014  CITY OF PHILADELPHIA SELECTED FOR CITY ACCELERATOR PROGRAM:  With support from the Citi Foundation and Living Cities, Philadelphia will use its innovation infrastructure to increase participation in tax relief programs. The City of Philadelphia was selected as one of three participants in the first City Accelerator program, a $3 million program managed by the Citi Foundation and Living Cities that will help nine winning cities pilot innovation projects in local government.  Over the next 18 months, Philadelphia will increase the enrollment of low-income residents in tax relief or City payment assistance programs using a package of resources and in-kind support to adopt cutting-edge approaches through the City Accelerator program. 
The multiple tax relief programs, with variations based on income and other factors,  provides tax and water bill discounts and payment plans to low-income Philadelphians; providing millions of dollars of relief to Philadelphia’s most vulnerable citizens. Hundreds of thousands of households are enrolled in at least one benefit program, but tens of thousands of households are not enrolled in all the programs for which they are eligible.
NUTTER: “Our Administration is committed to building a culture of innovation across City government to benefit Philadelphians.  As a result, Philadelphia has built a strong infrastructure that supports our forward-thinking goals of finding creative solutions to long-standing challenges. One challenge has been devising ways to help vulnerable Philadelphians access benefits to which they are entitled.  Being selected for the City Accelerator program will help more citizens take advantage of tax relief measures through our existing innovation infrastructure, new tools and targeted resources.”
June 17, 2014:  PHILADELPHIA RECEIVES GRANT FROM NATIONAL ENDOWMENT FOR THE ARTS  (NEA) - The City’s Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy (OACCE) has received a $30,000 Art Works grant to be used for a new Performance in Public Spaces grant program, a City initiative to support artists and art organizations that are presenting free performances in parks, and plazas across the city in 2015.  The Mayor’s Fund for Philadelphia matched the NEA grant to the Performances in Public Places program, which will receive a total of $60,000.

NUTTER:  “Philadelphia is a nationally recognized leader in public art. This Performance in Public Spaces project offers new opportunities to encourage an appreciation for creative expression through performance art. I am honored that the NEA saw the merit in this program and I know the OACCE will make this project a great success.”

The program will showcase a variety of outdoor civic spaces across Philadelphia, including Paine’s Park, The Oval, The Porch at 30th Street, Spruce Street Harbor Park, RiverStage at the Great Plaza and Race St Pier.

 “Philadelphia is reshaping everyday locations into dynamic spaces and adding programs to encourage use. We want to provide art groups with the opportunity to be included in the programming of these spaces without having to worry about where the money will come from,”
says Helen Haynes, Chief Cultural Officer.

May 12, 2014    FORBES EDITOR RANDALL LANE  ANNOUNCED PHILADELPHIA TO HOST THE FIRST-EVER FORBES UNDER 30 SUMMIT - an extension of the popular Forbes magazine “30 Under 30 Who Are Changing the World” annual list.  The Under 30 Summit will bring together young entrepreneurs and game-changers from across the country to participate in a wide-array of events, panels, TED-style presentations, “Shark Tank” style pitch contests and a music and food festival.

 December 11, 2013   MAYOR NUTTER BREAKS GROUND FOR  Veyko, Inc. to build new facility on long-time vacant lot in East Kensington, create new 15 jobs. Mayor Nutter broke ground at a longtime vacant lot on the industrial corridor of American Street in East Kensington, which will soon be converted into an 11,550 square foot manufacturing facility for Veyko, Inc., a Philadelphia-based metal fabrication company.  
The total project cost is $2.1 million. The American Street Empowerment Zone, is overseen by the Philadelphia Department of Commerce. The company provides design, metal fabrication and installation services to architects, designers, general contractors and homeowners. Examples of Veyko’s work include the SEPTA 8th Street Station benches and the large scale exterior artwork at Lincoln Center in New York City. 
NUTTER:  “This new development will bring to life a lot that has stood vacant for ten years, will put people to work and will provide for the expansion and growth of a manufacturing company in Philadelphia.  My Administration, through the Department of Commerce and PIDC, is committed to supporting the growth of small businesses like Veyko and to investing in commercial corridors such as American Street.  Veyko’s growth shows that manufacturing is coming back in Philadelphia.” 

Since 1994, the City of Philadelphia has been working to improve the American Street Commercial Corridor. Investments have been made through the Philadelphia Department of Commerce and the Philadelphia Empowerment Zone’s signature program, the Neighborhood Funding Stream, to support local economic development and neighborhood revitalization. The American Street Empowerment Zone Community Trust Board, an advisory board to the City of Philadelphia, provides input on grant making in the American Street Empowerment Zone.


Hometown celebrity gives back to local schools and recreation centers.  Mayor Michael A. Nutter and Kevin Hart will visit several schools across the City to meet with students, teachers and administrators, whose schools will receive 500 new laptops from a donation by Mr. Hart - including 200 desktops to the Philadelphia Department of Parks and Recreation for use in recreation centers and 300 laptops to the District.


NUTTER:  “In order for Philadelphians to be competitive in the 21st century economy, we need to address the challenge of digital access and literacy.  Ensuring our students have access to computers in their classrooms and increasing the number of public computers is critical to the future success of our citizens and City,” said Mayor Nutter.  “I want to thank Kevin Hart for his incredibly generous gift to our schools, recreation centers and citizens of all ages.  These computers will have a very meaningful impact on Philadelphia.”  
Philadelphia native, Kevin Hart, who hosted the 2013 Wawa Welcome America! Philly 4th of July Jam, is a comedian, actor, writer, producer and businessman. 

“I am blessed to be in a position that allows me to give back to the city that made me who I am,”
said Kevin Hart.

October 1, 2013  MAYOR NUTTER HONORED AS CITY CHANGEMAKER BY CEOs FOR CITIES Mayor Nutter honored along with five other leaders for innovative leadership at their annual meeting in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The awards are given for innovative leadership in American cities. CEOs for Cities is a national organization dedicated to connecting urban leaders with each other and with the smartest ideas for city success.   Other winners were Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett,  Memphis Mayor A C  Wharton, Jr. Mark Rosenberg, President of Florida International University, Olga Stella of the Detroit Economic Growth Corporation, and Jim Walker, founder of Big Car, an arts and culture organization in Indianapolis. 

Mayor Nutter was honored for a number of reasons, as cited by CEOs for Cities. He has been managing the recession by maintaining core services and reducing the City’s spending.   He has just completed his tenure as President of the United States Conference of Mayors, representing the Conference by promoting the development of effective urban policy, strengthening federal-city relationships, and ensuring that federal policy meets urban needs.
NUTTER:  “Serving as Mayor of Philadelphia and as President of the U.S. Conference of Mayors has allowed me to take important steps both locally and nationally in providing pathways for our cities to become safer, greener and more prosperous. I am honored to be named as a ‘City Changemaker’ by CEOs for Cities.”

:  Mayor Michael A. Nutter officially welcomed Brand.com, an online reputation management firm, to its new corporate headquarters in the Curtis Center in Center City.  Brand.com  moved its headquarters to Philadelphia from West Chester, Pennsylvania.

Other technology companies that have moved to Philadelphia in the last year, include Fiberlink, Bentley Systems, SevOne and Bulogics. Companies like Curalate, Artisan, Seer Interactive, and RJ Metrics, are also choosing to stay in Philadelphia as they expand.

Brand.com is a corporate and personal brand enhancement and online reputation management platform. The Brand.com clientele encompasses small businesses and Fortune 100 companies, as well as doctors, lawyers, teachers, colleges and universities, political campaigns, non-profit organizations, and everyday people. The mission of Brand.com is to establish each client's personal or corporate brand as a brand of choice.
NUTTER: “Brand.com’s move into Philadelphia is yet another sign that our city has world-class talent, a vibrant business community and the right infrastructure for companies to start, stay and grow here.  I’m excited to welcome the company to Philadelphia and look forward to seeing it expand.
January 21, 2013:  The Rainbow PUSH Wall Street Project will host the 16th Annual Wall Street Economic Summit. This year’s summit, “Wall Street to Main Street” focuses on access to capital, career development and labor.
Rev. Jesse L. Jackson, Sr., Founder and President, Rainbow PUSH Coalition and The Wall Street Project, at the The Roosevelt Hotel,  NY 
Mayor Michael A. Nutter was  honored as the leading African American mayor of a major metropolitan city by Rev. Jesse Jackson.   Rev. Jackson also revealed that statistically speaking, Philadelphia's 68% population of African Americans gives it the potential for being a leader in Black economic development.
November 2012  Presidential Election - GLORIA DULAN-WILSON BLOG

I have to give kudos to Pennsylvania. They were  the first Battleground state to go overwhelmingly for President Obama.  You go, Philly! Yeadon, Upper Darby, West Chester, Swarthmore, and the rest of the state.  You guys rock!  You had those Obama signs in your front yards and in your windows  in practically every neighborhood and store there was.  It made me wonder why Pennsylvania was considered a "battle ground" state to begin with?  Because, even though they have a rep-ugh-blican governor (which I'm sure they will be correcting soon), those people were solidly behind Obama.   Kudos, also to Mayor Michael Nutter, who, at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, NC, had already declared that Philly was a "lock"! And he was right.
 "September 2012:   The Million Father March is managed by The Black Star Project and supported by Open Society Foundation's Campaign for Black Male Achievement.
Please visit our website at www.blackstarproject.org to bring the Million Father March to your city or for complete information about the march. SEPTEMBER 2012:  Mayor Michael Nutter, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and The House of Umoja Lead Fathers into the Lives of their Children in the Million Father March

The Million Father March is an opportunity for Black men to show their commitment to the educational lives of their children on the first day of school and throughout the school year. On the first day of school each year since the March began in 2004, Black fathers, relatives, men, and significant male caregivers are asked to take their children to their first day of school. Fathers, grandfathers, foster fathers, stepfathers, uncles, cousins, big brothers, significant male caregivers and friends of the family will participate in the event. Last year, 100,000,000 fathers in 767 cities took their children to school on the first day of school. This year we expect 1,250,000 fathers in 800 cities to participate in the Million Father March 2012. 

Among the participating cities is our very own Philadelphia. A former educator and proud father David Fattah is the coordinator for the Million Father March 2012 here. This year for the first time The House of Umoja will be creating a companion journal to accompany the March and would like to distribute it to the participating fathers and care givers and also the interested public not only here in Philadelphia but also in the other participating cities."

October 2010:  Philadelphia Mayor Nutter, New Orleans Mayor Landrieu and Cities United Work to Reduce Deaths of Young Black Men and Boys 

Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter, New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu, Open Society Foundations Campaign for Black Male Achievement, along with partners Casey Family Programs, Knight Foundation, Association of Black Foundation Executives, National League of Cities and US Conference of Mayors with the leadership of Mayors Michael Nutter and Mitch Landrieu launched Cities United in October 2010 to respond to the violent deaths of black boys and men in cities across America.
August 15, 2013  MAYOR NUTTER’S REMARKS ON PHILADELPHIA SCHOOL FUNDING CRISIS  Mayor Michael A. Nutter, joined by City officials, announced a plan for the City of Philadelphia to borrow $50 million on behalf of the School District to ensure that the schools will open safely and on time for the 2013-14 school year.  These are excerpts from his speech.  
(NOTE: to me, the closing down of the schools by the State smacked of racism and a patent lack of concern for Philaelphians and a direct insult to Nutter - the fact that he did not let this go unchallenged speaks of his determination and heroism.)
NUTTER:  “A week ago, Superintendent William Hite said Philadelphia public schools could not safely open on Sept. 9 without a firm commitment of $50 million so that he can hire back about 1,000 School District employees between now and then.
 Today, as Mayor of this great City, I’m here to say I WILL NOT RISK A CATASTROPHE. We WILL avoid this disaster.
 I am committing to our students, parents and citizens today that schools are going to open on time and safely on Sept. 9th. Children are going to continue their education.
 I am not going to let this crisis ruin the start of what is certainly a promising school year, and it’s clear to me that a majority of Council members, even with different ideas now being discussed, want the same one thing – that schools open on time AND safely.
 Therefore, I am taking executive action today on behalf on our City to end this current crisis and uncertainty.
 There are a number of ways to try to accomplish this goal – a borrowing, a grant, a loan or even the purchase of school buildings or school tax liens – each has its own requirements, complications and challenges.
 I’ve evaluated all of the options and their respective impacts on the City’s finances.
 As a result of these evaluations, I am today now directing the City Finance Director, the City Treasurer and the Budget Director to begin immediately to take all necessary steps to conduct a City borrowing of $50 million on behalf of the School District. I believe this mechanism is the best way to immediately get these needed dollars to the School District with virtually no financial impact on our City.
 And so,  I’m also calling upon all elected officials, school advocates, the business community, our religious communities, our parents and anyone concerned about the City’s future and its economic well-being to work together with cities and towns all across the Commonwealth on developing a new education funding formula that takes into account the student population and their needs and challenges.
 Pennsylvania needs to join the other 47 states that use such student-based formulas to fund education.
 Let this effort be the cause that unites us all across the Commonwealth. I believe this cause is a significant part of what quality education is all about. And if we’re successful, it’s this kind of long-lasting work of which we can all be proud.
 But let me be clear at this moment, my message today is focused on tomorrow’s deadline and on Sept. 9th. We are taking these actions because Philadelphia children and their parents and their hopes for a brighter future are not going to be shattered by indecision, fear or doubt.
 As Mayor, it’s my duty to keep Philadelphia on track and moving forward and that’s what I’m doing today."

Philly mission will meet with companies looking to invest here, assist city companies with trade opportunities in order to attract investment from international companies in Philadelphia and to assist Philadelphia companies with trade opportunities in these two key marketplaces. 

NUTTER: “My Administration is committed to attracting investment and job creation to Philadelphia, whether from elsewhere in the United States or from around the world, and this trade mission offers many exciting opportunities to meet with businesses looking to invest in our region.  I want to thank the many partners that are supporting this effort and working each and every day to promote Philadelphia on the global stage.  It is through these relationships that we will attract new international investment, create trade opportunities for Philadelphia businesses, and create new jobs for Philadelphians.”

As a journalist, I've covered and/or worked with several mayors - including Tom Bradley of California, Mayor Koch, Bloomberg, Giuliani, DeBlasio of New York,  NY, Ernest D. Davis of Mt. Vernon, Sharpe James, Corey Booker, and Ras Baraka of Newark, NJ; Glenn D. Cunningham of Jersey City, and mayor Nutter is one of the most dynamic I've seen thus far.  

I wish him continued success in whatever he decides his next step or adventure will be.  

As I stated earlier, I, for one, will miss him.

Stay Blessed & 

No comments:

Post a Comment

Thank YOU For Visiting Gloria Dulan-Wilson Eclectic Black People VIP Blog. We Would Like Your Views, Interests And Perspectives. Please Leave A Comment Below.