Shining Light on Workforce Development

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Madam Secretary (9)

On April 6th Hillary Rodham Clinton, NY Senator, former Madame Secretary and FLOTUS came to Impact Services for a roundtable discussion about Workforce Development.  She was joined by Mayor James Kenney, Kevin Bethel, retired PPD Deputy Commissioner, and representing Impact was Casey O’Donnell, president/CEO; Joseph Douglas, Aramingo BID manager; James Ryan, a program participant; and one of Impact’s workforce business partners Mike Pearson, CEO of Union Packaging LLC.

Collaborating to revitalize the Kensington Corridor!

Continuing Collaboration: Joanna Winchester from NKCDC and Rolando Sanchez and Awilda Ocasio from Impact join Officer Anthony Keitt at the Commerce-PPD-LISC Safe Corridors training.

Continuing Collaboration: Joanna Winchester from NKCDC and Rolando Sanchez and Awilda Ocasio from Impact join Officer Anthony Keitt at the Commerce-PPD-LISC Safe Corridors training.

Impact Services was joined by NKCDC, the Philadelphia Police Department, LISC, and the Philadelphia Commerce Department in a Safegrowth Training seminar. The training uses the CPTED concept (Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design) to help revitalize our most dangerous communities by changing the landscape of the neighborhood. The project we named “Creating Safe Passage” was presented at Temple University to a group of more then a 100, including police, city agencies, CDCs and other stakeholders. The project concentrates on 4 lots located at 719-725 E Clearfield St. Bringing these spaces back into use by the community for gathering and gardening will transform the area. Taking it back from the illegitimate users will make the block and neighborhood safer, cleaner, and better. We hope to implement our “Vision” in the Spring of 2016.

Guess who’s coming to Kensington?

After eight years of developing a collaborative and comprehensive method to revitalizing neighborhoods, Philadelphia LISC is excited to announce the expansion of its strategic approach to the Kensington neighborhood. LISC will join partner organizations Impact Services Corporation (Impact) and New Kensington CDC (NKCDC) in the “Sustainable Communities Initiative” to improve the quality of life in Kensington.

Andrew Frishkoff, Executive Director at LISC, explains, “Working with NKCDC and Impact, two high-capacity organizations, we have an opportunity to substantially improve neighborhood quality of life in one of Philadelphia’s most historically disinvested neighborhoods.” The new initiative will build on the Wells Fargo Regional Foundation planning grants which helped both organizations engage hundreds of residents in comprehensive planning efforts.

LISC, Impact, and NKCDC will begin working together around shared priorities of community safety, affordable housing, healthy home repair, and commercial corridor revitalization. The team is collaborating with various public and private entities who support these goals, including Wells Fargo Regional Foundation, the Department of Commerce, the Philadelphia Police Department, and City Council representatives Mark Squilla and Maria Quinones Sanchez. The partners will also explore a trauma-informed approach to community development in Kensington.

Calling all Fashion Designers and Clothing Businesses!

Dear Philadelphia Business & Business Association:

This fall, our colleagues at the Office of the City Representative, in partnership with the Philadelphia Retail Marketing Alliance (PRMA) and the Center City District (CCD) are proud and excited to bring back THE signature fashion event for the City of Philadelphia—The Philadelphia Collection 2015 and we’d love for you to be a part of it!

The Philadelphia Collection 2015 will run from October 7-14, 2015 (note new dates). The event encompasses a series of independently produced fashion events over a eight-day period of time, with anchor events produced by several well-established fashion show producers. The entire series of events that fall under ‘The Philadelphia Collection’ will be heavily marketed and promoted by the Office of the City Representative, Center City District and other members of the Philadelphia Retail Marketing Alliance.  This is an excellent opportunity to promote your neighborhood commercial area and/or particular businesses in your district.

Launched six years ago by Mayor Nutter’s administration, the 2015 event is poised to be bigger and better than ever as we celebrate the final collection with the founding members.

Your participation is requested. Events are not limited to stores and boutiques. We encourage all businesses to have a part in this city-wide event. Please keep in mind that all events are independently produced by each retailer, boutique, stylist, restaurant etc. Events could be:

Trunk Show or Exhibit

  • Open House
  • Special Incentive or gift with purchase (no discounts)
  • Fashion/Style Consultation
  • Offer a “fashion-inspired” drink, appetizer or dessert

If you have other suggestions, please bring them to us.  We are always looking for new and creative ideas.

The objectives of The Philadelphia Collection 2015 are:

  • To promote the City of Philadelphia and all aspects of its fashion economy
  • To showcase and celebrate Philadelphia designers, retailers, stylists, modeling agencies, design schools, fashion/design students, etc.
  • Drive traffic and sales for Philadelphia retailers, restaurants and other businesses
  • Engage and nurture Philadelphia student designers
  • Reinforce PRMA’s effort to re-brand Philadelphia’s national image as a unique center of fashion
  • Engage the entire City of Philadelphia and all of its neighborhoods in a series of events that both celebrate fashion & style in Philadelphia as well as drive sales for retail businesses

Please keep in mind that all events are independently produced by each retailer, boutique, stylist, restaurant etc. The City of Philadelphia, Center City District and PRMA are NOT responsible for creating or producing your event. The Philadelphia Collection 2015 will be promoted as a whole with inclusion of ALL events that fall under its umbrella by its marketing and public relations team, but it is your responsibility to promote your specific event.

If you would like to participate please access the below link and provide the information requested exactly as you would like it to appear on the website. Responses are due NO LATER THAN 07/28/2015. If you have any questions please contact Crystal Hayes at Cashman & Associates at

To fill out the participation form, please visit:


15th Annual K&A Market Fest – Family Fun for All!

It was a party underneath the El train at Kensington and Allegheny on Saturday, June 6th,  Shoppers visited flea market vendors getting great deals on many new and used items. Kids bounced to their delight on the numerous bounce houses and slides, got thier face painted, had balloon animals made for them or played games.  The musical stylings of The Great Scott Band, The Madison Project, Foto y Su Chranga la Unica, along with a little Polish flavor from Pawel Ostrowski provided great energy.  Some danced while others chose to relax and just listen. A Great Big Thank You to the Heart of Kensington, Stay True, Impact Veterans Services, and the 24th District volunteers who gave of thier time and energy to make the 15th Annual Market Fest a success and fun for all. The K&A Business Association, Impact Services, the 24th District, along with the support of many area businesses host this annual event to help uplift the community and local businesses. We look forward to 2016!

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2015 Spring Clean-up a Huge Success

A great big THANK YOU to well over 60 community volunteers including those from House of Hope, Impact Veterans Services, K&A Business Association and the Heart of Kensington staff who came out to sweep, paint, and clean up the empty lots and streets in the area of Kensington and Allegheny and G and Madison Streets.  A whopping 145 plus bags of trash and 48 tires were collected.  There were also mattresses, wood, furniture, toys, and all sorts of discarded household items picked up and neatly stacked to be taken away by the Streets Department later in the day as scheduled.

Hope to see you next year to do it again!

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