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EXPRESSION

functionally obsolete or structurally deficient. Our water infrastructure
is aging and has the most combined sewer overflows of any state in
the nation with over 1,600 overflows in 39 counties. And throughout
Greater Philadelphia the time spent in traffic continues to rise, increasing commuter times and slowing delivery times of goods and services.
If we are to truly transform Greater Philadelphia's infrastructure, we
must develop a more modern approach to key infrastructure opportunities for the city and region beyond simply maintaining the status quo.
These could include, but are not limited to:
* A public private partnership to construct a new span over the
Schuylkill Expressway for vehicles or guided rail;
* Substantial capital investment in our ports to handle modern
container ships travelling through the upgraded Panama Canal
and an increase of inter-coastal shipping due to LNG exports;
* Establishing the City of Philadelphia as a Center of Excellence for
CNG refueling stations and the infrastructure needed to build
demand for shale natural gas;
* Becoming a test-bed for driverless vehicles. Pennsylvania is
already meeting with Uber and General Motors on this new
and game-changing technology that could remake how our
economy operates;
* Reimagining the I-95 bridge along the Delaware River Waterfront
to improve connectivity and enhance the community;
* Bolstering our capital investment in our Tier I Research institutions. Today, we are losing our best research scientists to more
modern facilities;
* Establishing the City of Philadelphia as a global center for innovation and design of waste water treatment facilities with an
emphasis on solving combined sewer overflow;
* Creating an "infrastructure mobility overlay" in University City
in Philadelphia. Per square mile, University City is projected to
have the largest per capita job growth in the region, but lacks
the infrastructure to accommodate it.
With this in mind, the Chamber of Commerce for Greater
Philadelphia's CEO Council for Growth is currently working on a strategy to modernize Greater Philadelphia's infrastructure and economy.

IF WE ARE TO TRULY TRANSFORM
GREATER PHILADELPHIA'S
INFRASTRUCTURE, WE
MUST DEVELOP A MORE
MODERN APPROACH TO
KEY INFRASTRUCTURE
OPPORTUNITIES FOR THE CITY
AND REGION BEYOND SIMPLY
MAINTAINING THE STATUS QUO.

The CEO Council's focus of work includes opportunities that will
promote mobility, enhance livability, and impact our economy. By
strategically evaluating, prioritizing, and advocating for the implementation of regional infrastructure projects, the CEO Council will
advance a strategic investment portfolio to stimulate growth and
enhance competitiveness. We urge you to join us in this important
endeavor to make our region a truly global center.
The consequences of doing nothing will impact our economy,
environment, and public safety.
Addressing these core infrastructure issues now will jump start our
economy and provide long-term benefits to our city's and region's
economic competitiveness. If you would like to be part of our efforts
to transform Greater Philadelphia's infrastructure, please email me
at rwonderling@greaterphilachamber.com. We haven't a moment
to lose. ■
Rob Wonderling is President & CEO of the Chamber of Commerce for Greater
Philadelphia and Chair of the CEO Council for Growth.

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Context - Fall 2016

Editors’ Letter
Community
Up Close
Expression
Design Profiles
Marketplace
Index to Advertisers
Mayor Kenney’s Infrastructure Policy
Green Infrastructure in Philadelphia: The Reading Viaduct Rail Park
Streets: They’re Not Just for Cars Any More
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Context - Fall 2016 - Editors’ Letter
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Context - Fall 2016 - Up Close
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Context - Fall 2016 - Mayor Kenney’s Infrastructure Policy
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Context - Fall 2016 - Green Infrastructure in Philadelphia: The Reading Viaduct Rail Park
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