Recently inaugurated, Mayor Kenney, outlined his key initiatives, key among them: Inclusive and Resilient Neighborhoods. Here’s an excerpt below:
“In the next term, the Administration will continue this work in ways that create stronger, healthier communities—including reducing the energy burden of residents, increasing neighborhood tree canopy, and making renewable energy more affordable and accessible, and advancing Philadelphia’s first-ever urban agriculture plan to support Philadelphia’s growing food economy and reducing waste. The City will complete a business diversification study for PGW to understand how the utility can thrive in a no or low-carbon future, implement the new Building Energy Performance legislation—including tuning-up the City’s own large buildings to reduce energy use, and cut the ribbon on a 70MW solar facility to provide 22 percent of the municipal electricity load. The City will also hire a Chief Resiliency Officer to ensure climate adaptation is integrated into all City operations and work with external stakeholders in creating a citywide climate adaptation plans and guidelines that direct private development towards climate resiliency”
The key initiatives also involve:
Creating a safer and more just Philadelphia.
In partnership with residents, community partners, our new police commissioner, and other stakeholders, our Administration will make necessary police reforms, improve community-police relations, restore equity in the criminal justice system, and significantly reduce gun violence.
Providing quality education for all.
In collaboration with the School District of Philadelphia and Board of Education, our Administration will fulfill the promise of local control, help more residents earn a credential or post-secondary degree by making Community College of Philadelphia more accessible and affordable, and continue to expand access to quality early childhood education.
Producing cleaner and safer streets.
We will continue to drastically improve the conditions of Philadelphia streets, expand street sweeping to every neighborhood by 2023, develop a large-scale commercial corridor cleaning program, and continue to focus on combating illegal short dumping. Our Administration will also support SEPTA’s transformational redesign of the bus network.
Developing a diverse, efficient and effective government.
We will prioritize racial equity in our policies and programs, increase the use of data and evaluation across the government, and improve customer service for residents and businesses to make City services more accessible to all Philadelphians.
I look forward to the work ahead. Together, we can create a stronger city that works for all Philadelphians.