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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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
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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July 24, 2015 | By Allison Steele, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Commerce Building in the heart of downtown Camden is set to be demolished starting Saturday, a process expected to take about two weeks. The city's Parking Authority, which owns the one-acre parcel, is turning it into a parking garage. The vacant, eight-story building at the corner of Broadway and Federal Street was built in the 1960s to replace a department store, and sits near City Hall, municipal court, the county court, the Walter Rand Transportation Center, and two PATCO stops.
NEWS
January 30, 2015 | BY WENDY RUDERMAN, Daily News Staff Writer rudermw@phillynews.com, 215-854-5924
AS MAYOR NUTTER strode onstage and took to the podium, the song "Run This Town" by Jay Z, Rihanna and Kanye West echoed through the hotel ballroom speakers: Got a problem, tell me now. Only thing that's on my mind. Is who's gonna run this town tonight . . . We gonna run this town . Although the intro music elicited a laugh from Nutter, the mayor's speech at yesterday's annual Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce luncheon seemed crafted to leave little doubt about who has run this town - steering the city through one of the worst economic downturns in the nation's history and installing a chief integrity officer to weed out government waste and corruption.
NEWS
January 9, 2015
  ALLISON BERLINER, 30, of Center City, is co-founder & CEO of SpotItBuyIt, which helps small retailers sell more via Instagram with a mobile app. Berliner, a 2013 Wharton MBA, co-founded the startup - which launched in a trial phase called beta in November - with chief technology officer Roopak Majmudar, 33, of University City. I spoke with Berliner.   Q: How did you come up with the idea for SpotItBuyIt? A: We'd been working with small retailers and kept hearing the word Instagram and they really wanted help on converting mobile traffic [on]
BUSINESS
October 21, 2014 | By Joseph N. DiStefano, Inquirer Staff Writer
As more shoppers stay home and buy by phone, Wal-Mart Stores Inc. has killed plans to keep opening new U.S. stores at the rate of more than one a day, and is instead building high-tech warehouses that ship straight to consumers, including one with help from a Pennsylvania tax break. Wal-Mart boss Carl Douglas McMillon , who took over management of the largest U.S. retail chain (and Pennsylvania's biggest private employer) earlier this year, told investors last week he will cut $850 million from his new-stores budget in 2015 - and spend $350 million more on "e-commerce" facilities, including a second giant warehouse in Bethlehem.
NEWS
September 27, 2014 | By Claudia Vargas, Inquirer Staff Writer
Following on the recommendations of a task force created to examine the Department of Licenses and Inspections, Mayor Nutter on Thursday moved the department under the public-safety umbrella and away from commerce. To add to the message that L&I's main priority and focus should be public safety, Nutter created a new position, chief safety officer. The mayor, however, did not address the panel's foremost recommendation: to split the agency in two, an act that would require changing the City Charter.
NEWS
August 2, 2014 | By Chris Hepp, Inquirer Staff Writer
Another day, another road map. The day after a City Council contingent presented plans for an ambitious data-driven program to guide city spending, the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce announced its own ambitious data-driven program to guide economic growth to pay for that spending. Both initiatives involve deep statistical dives into the city's health, listening tours, and final reports. While Council hopes to affect the spending habits of future mayors, the chamber wants to put its imprint on the coming race for the city's next chief executive, as well as on his or her first term in office.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
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.
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