Philadelphia and the art of the public-private partnership - Philly


Oct. 16, 2014 12:47 pm

Philadelphia and the art of the public-private partnership

When it wants to support the tech scene, the Nutter administration has often turned to public-private partnerships. Ahead of our civic innovation conference, we take a look at three prominent ones.

In fall 2012, the StartUp PHL program was announced. Left to right: Philadelphia Industrial Development Corporation President John Grady, Mayor Michael Nutter, Cloudamize CEO Khushboo Shah, First Round Capital Partner Josh Kopelman, Deputy Mayor for Economic Development Alan Greenberger and Artisan Mobile CEO Bob Moul.

(Photo by Kait Privitera for the City of Philadelphia)

A social enterprise accelerator, a city-backed venture fund and a network of free computer labs to combat the digital divide.

Several of the buzziest, most exciting projects to emerge from Philadelphia’s tech scene in the last five years have been public-private partnerships.

Through them, the Nutter administration has declared its dedication to growing the Philadelphia tech scene, with the help of local venture capital firms, accelerators and universities. It’s also tried to take cues from the startup world.

When Mayor Michael Nutter opened his office of New Urban Mechanics, an incubator for public-private partnerships, he told directors Story Bellows and Jeff Friedman (now with Microsoft) that if they didn’t fail, they weren’t trying hard enough, Bellows has said.

We’ll be talking about how cities along the East Coast are crafting their public-private partnerships at Rise, our civic innovation conference held from Oct. 22-24.

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Here’s a look at three Philly public-private partnerships and how they’re faring:


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