PHILADELPHIA, March 14, 2016 – Senators Tom Carper, Bob Casey, Jr., and Chris Coons, and Congressmen Brendan Boyle, Ryan Costello, Charlie Dent, Chaka Fattah, Mike Fitzpatrick, Pat Meehan and Donald Norcross joined the CEO Council for Growth (“CEO Council”) and the Regional College & University Presidents’ Circle on Monday to discuss policy issues related to infrastructure, talent and innovation. The meeting serves as a way for Members of Congress to strengthen relationships with the Greater Philadelphia’s business, civic and higher education leaders so that the region’s voice is amplified in Washington, D.C. and that there is coordinated advocacy for federal support necessary to provide the region with a strong competitive advantage. The meeting took place at PECO Energy, located in Center City Philadelphia.
The meeting illustrated the job creation and economic opportunities for the Greater Philadelphia area that come from investing in our infrastructure, revitalizing manufacturing, leveraging our top-rated innovation ecosystem assets, and ensuring that we provide access to education across the lifelong learning continuum that assures a skilled and qualified workforce.
Denis O’Brien, Senior Executive Vice President, Exelon Corp; CEO, Exelon Utilities; Chairman, Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce, said, “Having a two way conversation with members of the region’s federal delegation is incredibly important to Greater Philadelphia’s business, civic and higher education community. We can work together to collectively maximize the region’s federal role in innovation, regional mobility, and talent as well as accelerate the growth of the energy and manufacturing and health care technology sectors which will ultimately serve to improve the economic vitality of the region. The more we are able to align our voices, the more power we have to push for initiatives that will make the region competitive.”