University City District (UCD) was founded in 1997 by a partnership of world-renowned anchor institutions, small businesses, and residents to improve economic vitality and quality of life in Philadelphia's University City. Our primary mission is community revitalization. We work within a place-based, data-driven framework to invest in world-class public spaces, address crime and public safety, support small businesses along our commercial corridors, connect low-income Philadelphians to careers with employer partners, and promote job growth and innovation. Every day, we work to change places and change lives.


UCD gratefully acknowledges the generous contributions of our Board of Directors, who provide much-needed operating support.