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File #: 200172    Version: 0 Name:
Type: Resolution Status: ADOPTED
File created: 2/20/2020 In control: CITY COUNCIL
On agenda: Final action: 2/20/2020
Title: Recognizing and honoring Harold T. Epps on the occasion of his departure as Director of Commerce for the City of Philadelphia, for his decades of service to greater Philadelphia's business community.
Sponsors: Councilmember Green, Councilmember Gilmore Richardson, Councilmember Domb, Councilmember Henon, Councilmember Bass
Attachments: 1. Signature20017200
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Recognizing and honoring Harold T. Epps on the occasion of his departure as Director of Commerce for the City of Philadelphia, for his decades of service to greater Philadelphia's business community.
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WHEREAS, Harold T. Epps, outgoing Director of Commerce for the City of Philadelphia, is a seasoned business leader with over three decades of corporate experience in providing high-performance products and solutions for complex and compliance-driven industries; and

WHEREAS, As Commerce Director, Harold and his team were tasked with a broad set of goals, including: ensuring that Philadelphia is a globally competitive city to which employers flock, entrepreneurs thrive and innovation abounds; attracting and retaining a diverse set of businesses; fostering economic opportunities for all Philadelphians in all neighborhoods; and partnering with workforce development programs and local businesses on talent development, thus ensuring that all Philadelphians can find and retain family-sustaining jobs; and

WHEREAS, In furtherance of these goals, Harold implemented and oversaw policies to help both small businesses and major corporations thrive in Philadelphia; and

WHEREAS, Under Epps, Commerce has coordinated activities along neighborhood commercial corridors with small businesses and entrepreneurs, major real estate development projects, and large-scale business attraction and retention efforts, as well as efforts to increase opportunities for minority-owned business contracting; and

WHEREAS, Prior to his time with Commerce, Harold was the Vice-Chair of the Board of PRWT Services, one of the largest minority-owned firms in the United States and a provider of high-performance business solutions, facilities management and infrastructure support services. He also served as PRWT's President and CEO from 2007 to 2014; and

WHEREAS, Throughout his career, which also included executive roles at Quadrant, Menasha Corporation, Polaroid, and Digital Equipme...

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