Jobs are important. And in Philadelphia, as in the rest of the country, there aren’t enough of them. With that in mind, Mayor Nutter has signed an Executive Order to establish the Manufacturing Task Force, which will “examine the challenges manufacturing companies face and recommend specific measures that will help support their growth and increase our region’s competitiveness.”
The task force’s co-chairs are City Councilman Bobby Henon, Deputy Mayor for Economic Development Alan Greenberger, Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce Board Chairman Daniel Fitzpatrick and AgustaWestland CEO Bill Hunt. Nutter said:
Manufacturing has always been an important part of Philadelphia’s economy. By focusing our attention on manufacturing, our goal is to do everything we can to continue growing this fast-moving sector and ensure that Philadelphia is poised to be the place where innovative products are designed and made. Establishing this Task Force will allow City officials, economic development experts, business leaders and manufacturing executives across Philadelphia and the region to evaluate the industry’s strengths and weaknesses, and create a clear plan of action to help position the region for future success.”
According to a press release, “Manufacturing generates more than $1.3 billion in total wages and supports 23,100 direct manufacturing jobs in Philadelphia” So yes, more of that please.