University City District Blog

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Mar 01, 2021 7 days 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 12 days 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 18 days 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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Feb 09, 2021 27 days 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 [email protected] to learn more.

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A preview of the new Skills Initiative Website
Jan 27, 2021 40 days 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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Jan 25, 2021 42 days 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 [email protected] to learn more.

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Two graduates of the Skills Initiative working in new positions at Penn Medicine
Jan 20, 2021 47 days 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 48 days 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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Dec 18, 2020 2 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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A graphic for West Philly Favorites featuring items from different businesses
Dec 15, 2020 2 months ago

West Philly Favorites Offers Curated Gift Packs from Local Small Businesses

University City District is proud to present West Philly Favorites, a curated series of gift packs filled with handcrafted and locally produced items from neighborhood small businesses. All proceeds go to participating businesses!

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The State of University City 2021 Cover Image
Dec 08, 2020 2 months ago

The State of University City 2021

Normally at this time of year we gather with hundreds of neighbors, stakeholders, and local officials to toast the neighborhood, review the accomplishments of our partners, and release our annual State of University City publication. Although current conditions prevent us from getting together in person this year, that has not stopped us from publishing The State of University City 2021, our comprehensive report on trends and major milestones from the previous year.

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Dec 03, 2020 3 months ago

Labor Market Report for December 4th, 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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A snowy day in Clark Park
Nov 30, 2020 3 months ago

Celebrate the Holidays in University City

Need a little joy in your life after a difficult year? Below, view our in-progress ways to celebrate the holidays locally and to support local businesses. Want more events and activities? See our community calendar for a comprehensive list. If you have events or promotions to add, please email us! 

 

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Staff from Hagopian Arts installing new eco mural
Nov 11, 2020 3 months ago

The Porch at 30th Gains Colorful New Eco Mural from Hagopian Arts

Have you noticed a colorful new addition at The Porch at 30th Street Station? Thanks to a partnership with local public art initiative Hagopian Arts, The Porch got a new splash of color with the addition of a Luna moth mural on our turquoise cube.

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Fall in University City
Nov 10, 2020 3 months ago

Fall 2020 Cleanups and Leaf Collections

Fall is a beautiful time to live and work in University City. We are lucky to have a stunning canopy of trees, and watching the leaves turn helps announce the true arrival of autumn to the area. Of course, with changing leaves comes major clean-up duties this time of year. Below, please read about upcoming community cleanups and leaf collection options to help keep our neighborhood looking great.

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A graphic depicting the logo for the WPSI Labor Market Report
Nov 09, 2020 3 months ago

Labor Market Report for November 9th, 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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Thanksgiving offerings from Walnut Street Cafe
Nov 05, 2020 4 months ago

Celebrate Thanksgiving with Help from Local Businesses and Organizations

This year Thanksgiving will look very different than in years past. The City of Philadelphia has published a guide to enjoying the holidays safely, with tips on gatherings, meals, and visiting at a distance. Below, we've compiled a few ways to help you celebrate or help others in need. If you have specials or events you'd like added to this list, please email us!  

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Oct 27, 2020 4 months ago

Announcing Staff Updates at University City District and the West Philadelphia Skills Initiative

We are pleased to share the following staff updates to our teams at University City District, Green City Works, and the West Philadelphia Skills Initiative. 

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An image from the Spruce Hill Tot Parade
Oct 26, 2020 4 months ago

Safely Celebrate Halloween in University City

Halloween will undoubtedly look different this year, but there are still plenty of local virtual and in-person ways to celebrate. Below, we have compiled some of the ways to celebrate here in University City. For a more robust list of local event offerings, visit our community calendar.

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Oct 22, 2020 4 months ago

Labor Market Report for October 22nd, 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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