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May 6, 2002 | By JONATHAN M. STEIN
IMAGINE this scenario: After a media blitz from the Wall Street Journal on taxation, Congress establishes a Tax Reform Commission to recommend reductions in tax burdens. After the usual dividing of government appointees between the legislative and executive branches, Congress decides that ALL the non-government members of the commission come from the business establishment, U.S. Chamber of Commerce, National Association of Manufacturers, etc. They toss in a token advisory committee to advise but not to vote.
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December 5, 1993 | By Jere Downs, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
If you have not had time to wade through the complete text of the recently approved North American Free Trade Agreement, the North Penn Chamber of Commerce might be able to help you out. An eight-page summary of the 1,000-page-page agreement is available from the chamber. It may be of particular interest to businesses capable of exporting selected high technology and consumer goods to Mexico or providing technical services that could be used in building Mexico's infrastructure, according to chamber president Tom Bacheler.
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February 9, 1991 | By Marie McCullough, Inquirer Staff Writer
Delaware County's top economic development post has been filled by J. Patrick Killian, a former chief aide to U.S. Sen. John Heinz. The county's Economic Development Oversight Board voted unanimously yesterday to appoint Killian, 42, of Havertown, to be director of commerce. He will be paid $80,000. Killian succeeds Thomas C. Rapone, who resigned last month after less than a year to become Massachusetts commissioner of corrections. The oversight board was formed a year ago in the wake of a U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development audit that said at least $1.6 million was misspent by the Delaware County Partnership for Economic Development.
NEWS
May 15, 2012
Want to protest Gov. Corbett's budget? You won't have to go far. Corbett is scheduled to speak to the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce Tuesday at 4:30 p.m. at the Prince Music Theater on Chestnut Street, between Broad and 15th streets. A handful of groups are expected to protest, while registration to attend the event is open until the end of the day Monday. Go to greaterphilachamber.com or call Brynn Primavera at 215-790-3630 to register to attend and to submit questions for Corbett.
NEWS
August 23, 1986
When Mayor Goode took office in 1984 he made a constructive organizational change by splitting the duties of city representative and director of commerce into two positions and appointing Dianne L. Semingson and David W. Brenner, respectively, to fill them. Now that Mr. Brenner has submitted his resignation, effective Sept. 30, the Committee of Seventy has questioned whether the mayor has authority under the City Charter to name a successor. In a letter to City Solicitor Handsel B. Minyard the committee said: "We would appreciate an explanation from your office of the legal justification, if any, of having two appointees formally sharing one charter-authorized position.
NEWS
February 14, 2004
A negative spirit might focus on all the reasons why the post of commerce director and city representative for Philadelphia is not a perfectly plum job right now. You'd be working for a term-limited mayor with an FBI investigation clouding his every move. That mayor has a somewhat frosty relationship with the city's corporate sector. For all the city's cultural and historic assets, its business climate remains dampened by stubborn high taxes and an entrenched pay-to-play political culture.
NEWS
October 14, 1993 | By Kathleen Martin Beans, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
The Lower Bucks County Chamber of Commerce is offering a leadership development program for the third consecutive year. Designed to encourage new leaders from within the community, its participants will learn about the important issues facing the county and meet with business and community leaders. The program also encourages participants to assume leadership roles within their business and community. Co-chaired by Robert Cormack, executive director of the Bucks County Industrial Development Corp.
BUSINESS
April 24, 1989 | By Andrea Knox, Inquirer Staff Writer
"A Atlanta on a le sentiment que les choses ont en train de bouger, mais Philadelphie est plus Europeeanne. " Just nine hours after setting foot in Philadelphia, Francis Lecul, mayor of Amiens, France, was pronouncing it good - in at least one respect. "In Atlanta you feel things are on the move," he said, with a Gallic intensity that propelled his voice through the buzz in the reception room at the Four Seasons Hotel. "But Philadelphia is more European. " And a more European way of life, he explained, is a better way of life.
NEWS
March 11, 1990 | By Forrest L. Black, Special to The Inquirer
Thomas C. Rapone of Drexel Hill is Delaware County's new commerce director at a salary of $80,000 a year. Rapone, 39, the U.S. marshal for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania and a former warden of Delaware County Prison, was appointed by the new Economic Development Oversight Board that the County Council has established. At a news conference Thursday, council Vice Chairman Ward T. Williams, who is also secretary of the oversight board, said Rapone's main job would be to map a new economic development plan for Delaware County in the 1990s.
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August 3, 1986 | By Rich Heidorn Jr., Inquirer Staff Writer
Commerce Director David W. Brenner, who won praise for his competence and low-key style as Mayor Goode's ambassador to the business community, will step down from his post later this year, business leaders and city officials confirmed yesterday. Brenner's resignation, expected to be announced this week, will be effective "in a couple months," said one source who has worked closely with Brenner. Brenner, who was appointed to the position in 1984, could not be reached for comment.
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May 23, 2014
LAST WEEK I went to New York and promptly got annoyed. That's not exactly unusual, particularly when the Rangers are in the playoffs and the Flyers are not. But this time around, the worm in my municipal apple had nothing to do with either sports, superiority or the Sandinista in the Mayor's Office. This time I was peeved because I had to stand in line for almost an hour before I could nab a taxi to the financial district and then, once I successfully hailed one, it took another hour to go 20 blocks.
BUSINESS
March 7, 2014 | By Joseph N. DiStefano, Inquirer Staff Writer
At its peak in the mid-2000s, Vernon Hill's Commerce Bank was adding its boxy, sunlit branches up and down the East Coast at the rate of one a week. On Saturday, Hill was back, in Cherry Hill, near his Moorestown mansion, opening a new glass-walled Republic Bank branch that looks like the next generation of Commerce - or Metro Bank Plc , his fast-growing operation in England. Seven years after he stepped down as Commerce CEO amid a dispute with regulators - and six years after Canada's Toronto-Dominion Bank paid $8.5 billion for Marlton-based Commerce and its 460 branches and $48 billion in loans and other assets, then scrapped the big red C signs and replaced them with white-on-green TD placards - Hill sees new opportunity in his old front yard.
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August 11, 2013 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
Peter Page Schauffler, 90, of Kittery Point, Maine, a deputy commerce director under three Philadelphia mayors, died Sunday, July 28, of congestive heart failure at home. He had moved to Maine in 2002 to be near his children. Mr. Schauffler was deputy director of commerce under Mayors Joseph S. Clark Jr., Richardson Dilworth, and James H.J. Tate. He served from 1953 to 1968. Born in New Rochelle, N.Y., he grew up in Washington, where his parents worked in the administration of President Franklin D. Roosevelt.
BUSINESS
July 8, 2013 | By Linda Loyd, Inquirer Staff Writer
With 60 percent of the Delaware River navigation channel now at or deeper than 45 feet, steamship lines and port officials say the dredging will do two things: Put more cargo on ships currently coming into the ports of Wilmington, Philadelphia, and South Jersey, and allow larger ships from Asia to sail the river when the Panama Canal expansion is completed in 2015. It's been 30 years since Congress directed the Army Corps of Engineers to investigate the feasibility of deepening the channel from 40 feet to 45. Since the project began in March 2010, 42 miles of the 102-mile channel from Camden to the Atlantic Ocean have been deepened.
NEWS
June 17, 2013 | By Kevin Riordan, Inquirer Columnist
Any aspiring singer or videographer with a smartphone can post a video on YouTube or promote work on Facebook. But easy-to-use digital platforms and social media don't make it easy to break into music, or video. The only way to learn how to do that is to do it yourself - or with a little help from your friends. Listen to recent Rowan University grads William Lees, his wife Stefany Mayz, and their pal John Breitling: "It's harder to get noticed. There's so much content out there that you get lost at sea," says Lees, 24. He founded Lees Productions, a video and film production company, in January.
NEWS
May 23, 2013 | By Jane M. Von Bergen, Inquirer Staff Writer
Commerce Bank founder Vernon Hill 2d's golden parachute deflated Tuesday when a federal jury in Camden determined that it was "legally impossible" for the bank to pay him the $17.2 million he is owed on his employment contract. "It's a disappointment," said Hill's lawyer, Edwin J. Jacobs Jr. of Jacobs & Barbone in Atlantic City. "We are pleased with the jury's decision and are happy to put this matter behind us," a spokeswoman for TD Bank, which acquired Commerce five years ago, said Tuesday.
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May 11, 2013 | By Jane M. Von Bergen, Inquirer Staff Writer
Whether the jury will feel sympathy for Vernon W. Hill 2d, the ousted founder of Commerce Bank, and his legal quest to wrest $17.2 million in golden parachute benefits from the bank remains to be seen. In federal court Thursday, Hill explained why he didn't fight his June 28, 2007, firing from the banking empire that he had built from one storefront in Marlton in 1973. "This was my bank," Hill said in U.S. District Judge Robert B. Kugler's Camden courtroom. "It was obvious to me that the best thing for the bank was for me to leave.
NEWS
May 10, 2013 | By Jane M. Von Bergen, Inquirer Staff Writer
From the testimony, everyone agreed that former Commerce Bank chairman, president, and chief executive Vernon Hill, ousted in the summer of 2007 from the bank he founded, deserved to receive the "golden parachute" provisions negotiated in his employment contract. Everybody, that is, except the regulators, including the federal Office of the Comptroller of the Currency and the board of governors of the Federal Reserve. The question in court now is whether officials of Commerce Bank, now TD Financial Group, tried hard enough to persuade the regulators.
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May 7, 2013 | BY JOHN F. MORRISON, Daily News Staff Writer morrisj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5573
JOE MAHONEY liked nothing better than to chill out at his condo in Stone Harbor, N.J., where he could escape the pressures of his role as an executive of the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce. "He could relax there and do what he wanted to do," said his wife, the former Patricia McElwee. "He wasn't always able to do that here. " Joe wasn't a beach person; he didn't fish or boat. But the salubrious sea air and sun of the small beach community lent the right atmosphere for taking it easy.
NEWS
December 20, 2012
ATLANTA - Jesse Hill Jr., a civil-rights leader and businessman who later became the first black president of the Atlanta Chamber of Commerce, died Monday. He was 86. Hill had a close relationship with the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and helped make sure his legacy would be remembered, according to Steve Klein, a spokesman for the King Center, where Hill served as chairman of the board of directors from 1979 to 1993. "He was very instrumental in developing the growth of the King Center and really a giant in Atlanta civic affairs," Klein said.
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