Economic Development

Can We Tackle Philadelphia's Poverty Problem With Technology?

Date: 
October 4, 2011

Our economy has taken a sustained pounding. Unemployment is out of control and the economic outlook for the next decade looks questionable, at best.

With a quarter of all Philadelphians living in poverty, many fear that we may be entering a new down-graded reality that is structural and permanent. However, we can use technology and training to get us on the right track again.

Author: 
Arun Prabhakaran is the Director of Government and Strategic Partnerships for the Urban Affairs Coalition. The group has taken an active role in fighting digital divide issues in Philadelphia.
Source: 
Technically Philly

Coalition Releases Foreclosure Prevention Resource Guide

Date: 
September 22, 2011

A practical and comprehensive guide for residents, housing counselors, lawyers, and mortgage lenders

The national foreclosure crisis continues to have a devastating effect on communities across the Philadelphia region. The Urban Affairs Coalition (UAC), a nonprofit organization that works to build wealth in urban communities, has released the newest edition of its Foreclosure Prevention Resource Guide. The Guide is designed to help residents, housing counselors, lawyers, and mortgage lenders navigate the mortgage foreclosure process.

Comcast Offers Low-Cost Internet and Computers

Date: 
September 1, 2011

Tens of thousands of Philadelphia-area households could get low-cost computers and Internet service under a new program from Comcast.

When Comcast was seeking FCC approval of its acquisition of NBC Universal, the company committed to a program to help bridge the digital divide. The result is its Internet Essentials programs, which executive vice president David Cohen said is available nationwide to any family in a Comcast service area with a child eligible for free school lunches.

Author: 
Dave Davies
Source: 
WHYY News

Minority Enterprise Development Week

Event Details
Date: 
October 5, 2011
Price: 
$0.00

The Urban Affairs Coalition is a sponsor of the Philadelphia Minority Enterprise Development (MED) Week conference is part of the national Minority Business Development Agency. The purpose of this conference is to provide critical information to foster the growth and competitiveness of the minority business community.

DRWC Pledges to Spend About $1 Million Annually With Women- and Minority-Owned Businesses

Date: 
August 4, 2011

The Delaware River Waterfront Corporation aims to purchase about $1.05 million worth of goods and services from minority and women-owned businesses this fiscal year.

DRWC set that goal and other related objectives when it adopted a new equal opportunity program at its last meeting.

Author: 
Kellie Patrick Gates
Source: 
PlanPhilly

Waterfront Corporation Plans to Work with Women- and Minority-Owned Businesses

Date: 
August 3, 2011

The Delaware River Waterfront Corporation has plans to spend about 25 to 30 percent of its discretionary budget working with women- and minority-owned businesses.

That money -- about $1.05 million -- will supports goods and services from those businesses this fiscal year.

Author: 
Shannon McDonald
Source: 
Newsworks.org

Philadelphia Minority Enterprise Development Week

Event Details
Date: 
October 5, 2011
Philadelphia Minority Enterprise Development Week

UAC is a proud sponor of the Philadelphia Minority Enterprise Development (MED) Week conference is part of the National Minority Business Development Agency. The purpose of this conference is to provide critical information to foster the growth and competitiveness of the minority business community. The conference features various workshops presented by the some of the city’s top corporations, universities, organizations and city departments to help minority businesses succeed.

UAC To Host Information Session For Employers on Philadelphia Home•Buy•NowProgram

Date: 
July 25, 2011

Philadelphia Home•Buy•Now is an excellent tool for employers to recruit top talent and for the city to create more stable, flourishing neighborhoods,” Mayor Nutter.

The Urban Affairs Coalition is hosting an information session for Philadelphia employers to learn more about the City’s recently re-launched Philadelphia Home•Buy•Now program.