University City District Blog

Cait Garozzo (center) listens to WPSI participants during a graduation ceremony
May 12, 2021 2 days ago

Caitlin Garozzo Named Managing Director of the West Philadelphia Skills Initiative

We’re pleased to announce that Caitlin Garozzo has been promoted to Managing Director of the West Philadelphia Skills Initiative. Cait is a proven leader who brings a deep commitment to identifying and creating opportunities that promote equity, support growth, and provide meaningful solutions for employers and WPSI participants.

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A graphic depicting a header image for Rediscover West Philly
May 12, 2021 2 days ago

Explore our New Microsite Rediscover West Philly

Over the past year, we at UCD have worked to support neighbors, local arts organizations, and small businesses through the difficulties of COVID-19 through grants, technical assistance, and by sharing news and resources. Now that vaccinations are rolling out and our city is moving closer to a true reopening, we have launched a new tourism campaign called Rediscover West Philly to show off what makes our neighborhood worth visiting for an afternoon, a day, or a longer stay.

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Trolley Portal Gardens at Night
May 03, 2021 11 days ago

Pop-ups Returning to Trolley Portal Gardens

Now that spring has sprung in Philadelphia, we're excited to announce the return of events at Trolley Portal Gardens, the public space we designed, built, and manage at 40th and Baltimore! Below, see a list of upcoming events and other reasons to visit Trolley Portal Gardens. 

Brunch, Dinner, or Drinks at Renata's Kitchen

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A graphic depicting the logo for the WPSI Labor Market Report
May 03, 2021 11 days ago

Labor Market Report for May 3rd, 2021

Every other week, we will be publishing labor market industry (LMI) data and important trends to consider in the development of an equitable economic recovery from the COVID-19 crisis. We are always looking for opportunities to learn, grow, and collaborate. Email [email protected] to learn more.

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An apartment leased by New Age Realty
Apr 26, 2021 18 days ago

New Age Realty Celebrates 35 Years in West Philadelphia

In 2021, New Age Realty is celebrating their 35th year of serving the West Philadelphia and University City communities. We sat down for an interview with founder and president Diane Caprario, her daughter Nicole who serves as New Age’s leasing manager, and Broker of Record Christos Tzimoulis to discuss the company’s history, how they’ve had to adapt over the years and specifically due to COVID, and about what’s next for the company.

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The Pavilion at The Porch
Apr 21, 2021 23 days ago

Celebrating Five Years of Social Venture Green City Works

Five years ago UCD launched our landscaping social venture Green City Works to seize on an opportunity to create quality jobs for local community residents. What began as a marriage of University City District's core areas of expertise in placemaking and job training has turned into a landscaping business serving over 45 commercial clients across Philadelphia and managing over 5 million square feet of green space.

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A graphic depicting the logo for the WPSI Labor Market Report
Apr 16, 2021 28 days ago

Labor Market Report for April 16th, 2021

Every other week, we will be publishing labor market industry (LMI) data and important trends to consider in the development of an equitable economic recovery from the COVID-19 crisis. We are always looking for opportunities to learn, grow, and collaborate. Email wpsi@universitycity.org to learn more.

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An aerial view of the Woodlands
Apr 14, 2021 30 days ago

The Woodlands and Green City Works Announce New Partnership

The Woodlands has entered into a new agreement with our subsidiary Green City Works (GCW) for landscaping services at the historic cemetery. Located at 4000 Woodland Avenue in University City, the Woodlands encompasses 54 acres of undulating landscape that has served as an 18th-century English pleasure garden, a 19th-century rural cemetery, and a modern green oasis and escape for neighbors and explorers.

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A photo of the 3400 block of Sansom
Apr 07, 2021 37 days ago

UCD's Outdoor Dining Webinar Recording + Additional Resources

As part of our efforts to provide support to small businesses throughout our neighborhood, we recently held a Zoom webinar with local restaurant operators to discuss outdoor dining. UCD's Margaret Starke and Nate Hommel were joined by representatives from Metropolitan Bakery, Jezabel's Cafe, and New Deck Tavern to discuss permitting and seating options for sidewalk cafes, streeteries, and temporary street closures. We also touched on contractors and builders who can build partitions, planters, and platforms.

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Labor Market Report graphic
Mar 16, 2021 59 days ago

Looking Back at the Labor Market One Year into the COVID Lockdown

This week marks a full year since the COVID-19 lockdown began.  Early on in the quarantine period, UCD began a long-term examination of how the lockdown would impact the labor market in the Philadelphia region.

 

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A neighbor joining a community clean-up
Mar 10, 2021 2 months ago

Spring Clean-up! Join UCD and the City of Philadelphia for a Community Clean-up on April 10th

Help keep your neighborhood clean by joining a community cleanup on Saturday, April 10th from 9 AM to 2 PM. UCD is partnering with the City of Philadelphia to assist block captains, students, volunteer groups, and neighbors by providing trash bags, brooms, work gloves, and trash pickup. 

To sign up and join the effort, please contact us via email or by calling 215-243-0555.

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Logo for the University City Community Group Fund
Mar 01, 2021 2 months ago

UCD and Neighborhood Associations Give Out $20,000 in Small Business and Non-Profit Grants

In coordination with the five neighborhood associations that serve on our Board of Directors, University City District launched a $15,000 fund to provide financial assistance to local businesses and organizations through 15 $1,000 grants. We worked with representatives from the Garden Court Community Association, the Walnut Hill Community Association, the Spruce Hill Community Association, the

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A graduate of WPSI working as a patient sitter
Feb 24, 2021 2 months ago

The Lenfest Foundation Makes Significant New Investment in WPSI

University City District is pleased to share that earlier this month, the Lenfest Foundation awarded us $500,000 to help fuel the continued growth of our West Philadelphia Skills Initiative (WPSI) job training subsidiary.

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Cover image for the 2020 UCD annual review
Feb 18, 2021 2 months ago

University City District's 2020 Annual Review

Each year, University City District (UCD) invests in the vitality of our neighborhood. We cultivate civic infrastructure and activate dormant public spaces through placemaking efforts; we plan and execute signature local events; we foster clean, safe, and active streets; and we create an opportunity infrastructure that connects talented West Philadelphians to life-altering careers at our partner institutions.

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A graphic depicting the logo for the WPSI Labor Market Report
Feb 09, 2021 3 months ago

Labor Market Report for February 9th, 2021

Every other week, we will be publishing labor market industry (LMI) data and important trends to consider in the development of an equitable economic recovery from the COVID-19 crisis. We are always looking for opportunities to learn, grow, and collaborate. Email wpsi@universitycity.org to learn more.

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A preview of the new Skills Initiative Website
Jan 27, 2021 3 months ago

The Skills Initiative Launches New Website

Over the past few months, members of our Skills Initiative team have been hard at work creating a new website for the West Philadelphia Skills Initiative. Working with web agency CoLab Coop, we have built a brand new, easily navigable website with a refreshed design that will make connecting with our team easier for funders, employers, jobseekers, alumni, and other organizations looking to replicate the WPSI model.

The new website will support WPSI’s work and 10 plus years of experience by offering:

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A graphic depicting the logo for the WPSI Labor Market Report
Jan 25, 2021 3 months ago

Labor Market Report for January 25th, 2021

Every other week, we will be publishing labor market industry (LMI) data and important trends to consider in the development of an equitable economic recovery from the COVID-19 crisis. We are always looking for opportunities to learn, grow, and collaborate. Email wpsi@universitycity.org to learn more.

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Two graduates of the Skills Initiative working in new positions at Penn Medicine
Jan 20, 2021 3 months ago

WPSI trains Lab Assistants for new Penn Medicine labs

In November, WPSI launched a partnership with Penn Medicine to recruit and train Lab Assistants to fill an urgent need to expand COVID-19 testing capacity for the entire Philadelphia region through its molecular laboratory. The positions, starting at $18 an hour, do not administer COVID testing for patients; instead, they work with lab and instrument maintenance.

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Landscapers working for Four Seasons
Jan 19, 2021 3 months ago

WPSI and PIDC’s Navy Yard Workforce Development Initiatives Launch Collaborative Professional Development Program w/ Four Seasons Total Landscaping

University City District’s West Philadelphia Skills Initiative (WPSI) and PIDC’s Navy Yard Workforce Development Initiatives (NYWDI) are pleased to launch their first collaborative professional development program to train West and South Philadelphia residents for permanent, full-time, quality-wage careers.

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A graphic depicting the logo for the WPSI Labor Market Report
Dec 18, 2020 4 months ago

Labor Market Report for December 18th, 2020

Every other week, we will be publishing labor market industry (LMI) data and important trends to consider in the development of an equitable economic recovery from the COVID-19 crisis. We are always looking for opportunities to learn, grow, and collaborate. Email wpsi@universitycity.org to learn more.

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