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File #: 160045    Version: 0 Name:
Type: Resolution Status: LAPSED
File created: 1/21/2016 In control: Committee on Commerce & Economic Development
On agenda: Final action:
Title: Authorizing the Committee on Commerce and Economic Development to hold hearings regarding public banking.
Sponsors: Councilmember Green, Councilmember Jones, Councilmember Gym
Attachments: 1. Signature16004500.pdf


Authorizing the Committee on Commerce and Economic Development to hold hearings regarding public banking.



WHEREAS, The creation of a public bank offers the possibility of achieving multiple policy objectives, including stimulating economic development, spurring job creation, reducing municipal debt service, and expanding the tax base, through direct, long-term local lending at below-market rates; and


WHEREAS, Philadelphia has a history with public banks, the Pennsylvania Bank – the first one in the United States – having been founded here in 1780 by Founding Father Robert Morris; and


WHEREAS, The Bank of North Dakota serves as a model for public banks that operate to do more than infrastructure financing; since 1919, it has reinvested state tax revenue and other deposits to make loans to small- and medium-sized businesses within North Dakota, limiting management costs, allowing the citizenry to successfully influence development, and earning the state hundreds of millions of dollars in returns; and


WHEREAS, A public bank could partner with community banks to extend reliable, affordable credit to small businesses and other community stakeholders, neither acting as a retail establishment in competition with private banks, nor requiring brick-and-mortar locations, tellers, or extensive marketing; and


WHEREAS, Profits from a public bank could be split between public and private interests and reinvestment in the bank’s local investment portfolio, while the capitalization of local commercial corridors and small businesses would foster citywide benefits to citizens, neighborhoods, and the School District; and


WHEREAS, A public bank could facilitate additional goals, such as citizen inclusion in setting investment priorities and hiring preference for local vendors; and


WHEREAS, The potential of a public bank in Philadelphia would be a significant change for the City, and therefore would require the input of citizens, financial institutions, the Administration, and other stakeholders; now, therefore, be it


RESOLVED, BY THE COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF PHILADELPHIA, That Council does hereby authorize the Committee on Commerce and Economic Development hold hearings regarding public banking.