Last night’s YPN networking event on the beautiful St. Joseph’s University campus (Go Hawks!) was both informative and encouraging, as Dean DiAngelo and Mayor Nutter reminded us that Philadelphia is not all “doom and gloom”.  Mayor Nutter’s overview recognized the fact that while Philadelphia is still in the midst of a recession, our city has fared better than others because of our “shared sacrifice”. 

 From the decisions to suspend the business and wage tax reductions to the reduced City, fire and police workforce reduction, Philadelphia has still managed to become more efficient…homicide and violent crime rates are down, while recycling efforts are up.  The City is still faced with balancing a $150 million budget gap (http://www.phila.gov/budgetUpdate/), which helps explain the new sanitation fee and sugary beverage tax – both done with the public’s interest in mind, by encouraging the choice to recycle and make healthier decisions. 

The Mayor encouraged YPN members to participate in WorkReady Summer Internships for youth.  Members can assist with identifying/recruiting employers, purchase raffle tickets at an upcoming event as well as make an online donation (additional information to follow).  Raffle tickets are $5 a piece and 3 for $10. The prizes are a Meal with Mayor Nutter and a Lunch with Rob Wonderling, President and CEO of the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce. Two winners will be selected.  Tickets will be sold up to May 24.  100% of your contribution will go towards Summer Internships.

 So, like the Mayor, we at YPN like to focus on the positives and look forward to the next networking event, “Success in the City”, being held at World Café Live, on May 24th!