University City District Blog

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Jul 10, 2020 4 days ago

Labor Market Report for July 10th, 2020

Every 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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Jul 06, 2020 8 days ago

UCD Board Announcements for July 2020

We are excited to announce two governance changes at University City District. John Grady has been unanimously elected to our Board of Directors as the new representative from Wexford Science + Technology, and Drexel’s Donald E. Moore has joined our Executive Committee after serving on our Board for the past year.

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Jul 02, 2020 12 days ago

Labor Market Report for July 2nd, 2020

Every 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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Jul 01, 2020 13 days ago

Small Business Support Opportunities

UCD wants to help local businesses and organizations during this uncertain time. While our efforts typically focus on initiatives like creating destination events along commercial corridors to beautifying streetscapes to keeping the streets clean and safe, our main focus right now is providing economic support and recovery while we all struggle with the unknowns and uncertainties tied to the COVID-19 pandemic. To that end, we wanted to share some important resources at your disposal, and highlight a few ways UCD is helping small businesses. UPDATED 7/2/20

 

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Jun 26, 2020 18 days ago

Labor Market Report for June 26th, 2020

Every 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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Jun 22, 2020 22 days ago

Labor Market Report for June 22nd, 2020

Every 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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A customer shops at a local store
Jun 16, 2020 28 days ago

UCD's Retail Restart Fund

Local businesses are the backbone of our neighborhood, which is why we launched a Retail Restart Fund in May of 2020 to get cash directly into the hands of University City business owners and operators as Philadelphia moves toward re-opening.

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Jun 12, 2020 32 days ago

Labor Market Report for June 12th, 2020

Every 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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Outdoor dining in University City
Jun 11, 2020 33 days ago

Outdoor Dining Update for Businesses

The City of Philadelphia has published guidelines and protocols tied to outdoor dining. Below, we have boiled down the most important information. If you are a restaurant owner or operator and have questions or need additional assistance form University City District, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us at [email protected].

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A crowd at the 2016 Baltimore Avenue Dollar Stroll
Jun 03, 2020 41 days ago

A Message From UCD About Current Events

Since our founding in the late 90s, University City District’s work has involved partnerships—with the anchor organizations that operate in our district, with the eclectic local businesses that offer us essential goods and services, with the arts organizations and non-profits that operate within our borders, with neighbors who have struggled for equal access to job opportunities, with local law enforcement and public safety organizations, and with the incredibly diverse community that calls our neighborhood home.

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May 18, 2020 57 days ago

Support Local Businesses Through the Retail Restart Fund

A family-owned restaurant serving the neighborhood for over 30 years. The local co-op making sure customers can shop as safely as possible. Independently-owned shops for books, unique gifts, board games, and hardware. Local businesses are the backbone of our neighborhood, and they need our support. That’s why we are launching the Retail Restart Fund to get more cash directly into the hands of University City business owners and operators.

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The Philadelphia Ronald McDonald House
May 07, 2020 2 months ago

Join UCD and Others in Aiding Families in Need at the Philadelphia Ronald McDonald House

In late March, 2020, University City District sponsored a local restaurant to prepare dinner for 120 residents at our beloved Philadelphia Ronald McDonald House, which houses families with seriously ill children who are undergoing treatment at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children. Ronald McDonald House – UCD’s neighbor on Chestnut Street - can no longer welcome volunteers to prepare meals for guests, while local restaurants face devastating economic losses.

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Apr 20, 2020 2 months ago

UCD Small Business Emergency Fund

On April 20th, 2020, we at University City District alerted 135 local small businesses that they'd been selected to receive grants through our Small Business Emergency Fund. The fund was made possible thanks to a generous donation of $250,000 from the University of Pennsylvania, which wanted to provide support to small businesses during this unprecedented time. The funds will begin being dispersed immediately.  

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A woman and her baby shop at the Nesting House
Mar 17, 2020 3 months ago

Local Business Support, Promotions, and Specials

Below, we are aggregating ways you can support local businesses through promotions, specials, and donations. If you would like your information added please email us to be added!

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A Baltimore Avenue banner
Mar 02, 2020 4 months ago

Baltimore Avenue Banner Design Competition

In 2008, UCD installed 70 pedestrian streetlamps along Baltimore Avenue, between 45th and 50th streets. A few years later we held a contest for the design of banners to represent Baltimore Avenue. After eight years, we’re looking to replace the faded banners with new versions, and are seeking community submissions for what the design will be. Here's your chance to have your design printed and placed along Baltimore Avenue for the entire community to see and enjoy!

Here are the contest basics:

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Visitors to The Porch eating at a food truck
Feb 28, 2020 4 months ago

March 2020 at The Porch at 30th Street Station

We are excited to share that daily weekday food vending is back at The Porch! For March of 2020, we'll welcome one truck each weekday to vend during lunchtime hours, plus Schmear It offering breakfast on Thursdays*. The full schedule is below! Stay tuned for the return of two trucks each day, plus other exciting programming for 2020.

 

*Please note Schmear It is vending on Monday, March 2nd instead of Thursday, March 5th due to a scheduling conflict. 

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Feb 24, 2020 4 months ago

Spring Clean-up! Join UCD and the City of Philadelphia for a Community Clean-up on April 4th

Help keep your neighborhood clean by joining a community cleanup on Saturday, April 4th 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. Additionally, Clarkville at 4301 Baltimore Avenue will have a 30' dumpster available for public use during the cleanup. Feel free to dispose of large items not typically taken during weekly trash collection. 

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Feb 04, 2020 5 months ago

Our 2019 Annual Review

University City District works year-round to change places and change lives. We invite you to explore our 2019 Annual Review online, where you can see our impact across our community. Thank you to all the partners, funders, and supporters who make our work possible. We look forward to coming together with all of you in 2020 to make University City a vibrant, welcome community for all.

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Jan 27, 2020 5 months ago

Two Dedicated Community Leaders Gift Seed Money for Continued Beautification of Trolley Portal Gardens

Trolley Portal Gardens, our public space located at the intersections of 40th and Baltimore, received a huge boost this winter thanks to a $100,000 donation from longtime neighbors and community leaders Barry Grossbach and Mike Hardy. The money will establish an endowment for the continued beautification of the space, including upkeep of the flower mounds and planters, and Barry and Mike are hopeful their example will inspire other members of the community to contribute as well.

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