“Achieve Your Vision Here.” That’s the promise communicated through a new website for Select Greater Philadelphia, the business attraction and expansion program of the Chamber of Commerce for Greater Philadelphia. The revamped resource, which launched this week, is targeted to companies and site selectors looking to locate or expand in the 11-county Greater Philadelphia region. It provides them with resources such as an interactive property search tool and targeted job openings and shares the many ways the Greater Philadelphia region is connected, collaborative, and accessible.
“Select Greater Philadelphia, spurred by annual investors and guided by an advisory board, promotes the region through attraction marketing campaigns and by responding competitively to inbound requests for information, connections, and support,” said Claire Marrazzo Greenwood, Senior Vice President of Economic Competitiveness for the Chamber. “As we continue to prioritize building a scalable ecosystem that supports growing and retaining companies, innovators, and expertise in the region, this new website, www.selectgreaterphl.com, will be a key tool for both companies looking to locate or grow here and for talent seeking to make Greater Philadelphia their home.”
The cell and gene therapy sector is among the key industries highlighted on the website. “The Select Greater Philadelphia website communicates to both internal and external audiences the region’s strengths, opportunities, and assets in this rapidly expanding subsector of the life sciences,” Greenwood said.
Site selectors for cell and gene therapy companies can access a property search tool that allows them to locate buildings and sites for sale and lease, identifying the type they need, whether it be a lab or office space, or a warehouse or cold storage facility. Nearly 400 properties are listed.
A life sciences job openings search tool states, “In Greater Philadelphia, we’re in the business of saving lives and improving health outcomes through collaboration and innovation. Want to become part of this mission?” The jobs board allows talent to search by employer, keyword, or location. This week, more than one hundred opportunities are included at life sciences companies, labs, and research organizations.
An interactive map shows just how the region is connected. A click on each location pin opens up to photos and a destination description, providing a big-picture view of the 11-county Greater Philadelphia region.
The website is the latest in a series of tools the Chamber has developed over the past three years as part of its efforts to attract and expand companies, capital, and talent in the cell and gene therapy sector. Among them is a “Discovery Starts with Me” video series, shared through paid and organic social media, that features talent ambassadors from the region’s cell and gene therapy companies describing why they like living and working in Greater Philadelphia. The Chamber has also developed a fact sheet outlining the region’s history as the Birthplace of Cell and Gene Therapy and the discovery that has emanated from here, including the first FDA-approved gene therapy for a genetic disease and the first FDA-approved cell therapy.
Site selectors can hear firsthand from regional leaders about their own experiences locating and expanding in Greater Philadelphia through a series of testimonial videos describing what makes the region connected, collaborative, and accessible and the attributes contributing to a great quality of life for their employees.
These tools, along with a list of the 45 cell and gene therapy companies that call Greater Philadelphia home, an infographic illustrating the region’s rankings in investment, and data such as the number of academic research institutions and life sciences employees in the region, are part of the Chamber’s Cell & Gene Therapy Toolkit.
Among the top out-of-region visitors to the previous version of the website were those from New York, Washington, D.C., Boston, and San Francisco. “We expect strong visitation from those markets and more going forward, including international audiences,” Greenwood said. “Whether a company or talent, we want them to know we can help them achieve their vision here.”