Next Saturday, PhillyRising will be hosting its second annual conference at Temple University.
While last year’s conference was successful (packed with workshops, information booths, and discussions) this year’s conference was designed to truly embody the PhillyRising program: by serving residents.
Hosted at the intersection of five PhillyRising neighborhoods, the conference is action-based, aiming to serve as a drop-in event for citizens to quickly resolve issues. Through technology-enabled stations, city representatives will be equipped to enter service requests, answer questions, and resolve citizen concerns on-the-spot. Representatives from the following departments will be in attendance:
Community Life Improvement Program
The Community Life Improvement Programs (CLIP) consists of several programs and agencies dedicated to eradicating blight. These include the Community Partnership Program, which loans out tools and supplies for clean-ups, a vacant lot cleaning program, and a graffiti abatement team.
Financial Empowerment Centers
Philadelphia’s network of Financial Empowerment Centers provide free, high-quality, one-on-one financial counseling with professionally trained counselors from Clarifi.
Licenses and Inspections
The Department of Licenses and Inspections provides a wide range of services to advance development and ensure public safety in Philadelphia’s businesses and physical infrastructure sectors.
3-1-1 is Philadelphia non-emergency call center, receiving requests for municipal services and information.
Philadelphia More Beautiful Committee
PMBC is a partnership between Philadelphia’s Streets Department and over 6,000 block captains to throughout the city to organize clean-ups and beautification projects.
The Philadelphia Police Department is the primary law enforcement agency responsible for serving over 140 square miles of the city.
The Philadelphia Streets Department is responsible for maintaining the safety and cleanliness of the city’s entire street system.
Town Watch Integrated Services
Town Watch is a group of volunteers who observe and report suspicious or criminal activity in their communities and assist with neighborhood beautification projects.
In addition to the eight action stations, the conference will also offer trainings for Town Watch Intergrated Services and hold “Workforce Development” information sessions, discussing resume writing, interview skills, and other tools to help citizens find employment.
The conference will last from 9:00am-5:00pm at Temple University’s Mittwn Hall (1913 N. Broad Street). The opening ceremony will take place at 10:30am and feature remarks from PhillyRising’s Director, Adé Fuqua; Managing Director, Rich Negrin; and Deputy Mayor for Public Safety, Everett Gillison. To register for the conference, visit prconference2014.tumblr.com.
And if this blog post, didn’t convince you to attend to conference, perhaps Pop-Pop will…