Christina M. Rockwell
Director, Member Services and Legislative Affairs


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Government Watch Summaries
Answers to Questions About the Paid Sick Leave Ordinance - New Website Read the full text...
Paid Sick Leave Is a Reality In Philadelphia - How Will It Affect Your Business? Here are the Details Read the full text...
New Tax Saving Formula from the City! Read the full text...
Mayor Signs Local Bidding Preference Changes Into Law Read the full text...
Mayor's Manufacturing Task Force Presents Findings for a Manufacturing Growth Strategy for Philadelphia Read the full text...
TESTIMONY OF Stephen F. Jurash, President & CEO Manufacturing Alliance of Philadelphia - Testimony of Steve Jurash in Support of BIRT Tax Bill Read the full text...
Legislative Alert: Public Hearing on BIRT TAX Bill Read the full text...
Important Information for Appealing Your New Assessment Under AVI Read the full text...
Use & Occupancy and AVI Update Read the full text...
The Use & Occupancy Tax Bill Most Likely To Pass City Council Read the full text...
AVI Appeal Deadline Approaching Read the full text...
Empowerment Zone Employment Credit Read the full text...
Reminder: Applications for the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Business Program Due March 22 Read the full text...
Earned Sick Leave Bill Passes Read the full text...
PA Sunshine Solar Program Read the full text...
Tax Credits for Renewable Energy Manufacturing Sector Read the full text...
Paid Sick Leave Hearing Date Set Read the full text...
Energy Benchmarking Bill Reminder Read the full text...
Paid Sick Leave Bill Back Again - "Promoting Healthy Families and Workplaces" Read the full text...
Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Initiative - Excellent source of funding for machinery upgrades! Read the full text...
Lower interest rates for DCED Financing Programs Read the full text...
License to Inspect Online App Read the full text...
Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Read the full text...
Veteran's Tax Credit Program Read the full text...
Merchants Fund Grant Deadline Friday, February 22, 2013 Read the full text...
PGW Incentive Program for Large Commercial & Industrial Customers Read the full text...
Stormwater Management Incentives Program, Second Round Read the full text...
Philadelphias First Source Job Policy Read the full text...
Pollution Prevention Assistance Account - Low interest loans for pollution mitigation and prevention Read the full text...
Energy Conservation, Benchmarking, and Reporting - Benchmarking and reporting mandates will go into affect June 1, 2013 Read the full text...
8/02/2012 - Legislation to keep an eye on in the fall Read the full text...
7/13/2012 - The Philadelphia 21st Century Minimum Wage & Benefits Standard Bill(Paid Sick Leave Bill) - Effective July 1, 2012 Read the full text...
6/29/2012 - City Council Passed $3.6 Billion Budget, without the Actual Value Initiative but with tax increase Read the full text...
6/25/2012 - Bill No. 120299-AA - New mandates on sealing Large Vacant Commercial/Industrial Properties or Foreclosed Vacant Residential Properties Read the full text...
6/22/2012 - U&O tax bill passed Read the full text...
6/18/2012 - Actual Value Initiative and Businesses Use and Occupancy Tax Read the full text...
5/30/2012 - Philadelphia Redevelopment Authoritys Front Door Database Read the full text...
4/11/12 -- Crowd-funding bill passed and signed into law - Jumpstart Our Business Startups (JOBS Act) creates easier access to capital for start-up businesses Read the full text...
3/15/12 -- Proposed Philadelphia Water Department Rate Increase - Significant Changes Proposed for the Stormwater Management Services Program Read the full text...
3/12/12 -- New Job Creation Tax Credit Read the full text...
3/8/12 -- Storm Water Mitigation Meeting with City Council Read the full text...
2/29/12 -- New Industrial Zoning Classifications Read the full text...
2/14/12 -- Change in Workers' Compensation Overall Cost Read the full text...
2/14/12 -- Certified Safety Committees - Additional five percent discount on annual workers' compensation premiums Read the full text...
11/15/11 -- Small Business Health Care Tax Credit for Small Employers - -- Health care tax credits not being utilized by small businesses -- Read the full text...
11/14/11 -- House passes two bills to help startups and early stage businesses raise capital - Senate Vote Next Challenge Read the full text...
11/3/11 -- Business Privilege Tax Reform Bills Passed by City Council Read the full text...
10/28/11 -- Tackling Vacant Properties - Initiative to Hold Vacant Property Owners Responsible for Blight Read the full text...
10/27/11 -- New Business Privilege Tax Legislation Read the full text...
10/20/11 -- Business Privilege Tax Reform - Public Hearing for BPT reform set for Monday, October 24th at 1 PM Read the full text...
9/20/11 - Incentives offered to companies through The City of Philadelphia - Incentives for starting, running and growing a business in Philadelphia Read the full text...
9/19/11 - American Jobs Act - Overview of American Jobs Act Read the full text...
9/16/11 - Paid Sick Leave Bill in Legislature Again - Public Hearing on the Paid Sick Leave Bill Oct 6, 2011 at 1:00 PM Read the full text...
9/14/11 - Proposed changes to Business Priviledge Taxes in Philadelphia - Benefits manufactures and small businesses Read the full text...
9/14/11 - Reduce tax burdens on existing and new businesses - Steps in the right direction but hiring mandates for benefits may be too much Read the full text...


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Both Philadelphia and Pennsylvania governments administer a number of programs designed to keep you in business - you just need to know about them. Find some of the most common programs here. For more information, contact Christina M. Rockwell, Director Programs & Policy at (215) 948-9285 x105, or here through our contact form.

View five programs that manufacturers need to know about...
City Programs & Downloadable Forms
Real Estate Tax Abatement - ( )
Making improvements? You might be eligible for the Real Estate Tax Abatement, an incentive for physical building renovations. PDF includes general instructions to file an application for the abatement of real estate taxes due to improvements and application for the exemption of real estate taxes due to improvements

PIDC and PAID Economic Development Programs - ( )
Through these quasi-government agencies, the City of Philadelphia offers loans and grants to assist with property acquisition, construction and renovations. There's even a job creation tax credit. Profile sheets outline program requirements; ask MAP about your needs and we'll assist you with the application process.

Machinery and Equipment Loan Fund - ( )
PIDC also provides a low-interest loan for equipment purchases.

Green Works Energy Assessment
The City's program for energy efficiency provides a tax rebate for eligible investments. Forms for the tax rebate and energy audits can be found here.
Program Guidlines
GreenWorks Small Business Energy Efficiency Rebate Form

Stormwater Management
Department is now billing for stormwater management. What does that mean? Companies can apply for stormwater credits for eligible property improvements.
Frequently Asked Questions - learn more.
Stormwater credits & appeals manual
State Programs & Downloadable Forms
State of Pennsylvania's Single Application for Assistance - ( )
The State has simplified its initial application for its Department of Community and Economic Development programs. Let MAP help you identify a State program.

Keystone Opportunity Zone Properties - KOZ Inventory Example
State-created zones with tax exemptions and other incentives. Open the attached file to view Philadelphia's current inventory of KOZ (tax exempt) properties. Information about KOZ and KOZ applications can be found at http://www.newpa.com/koz.

Alternative Energy Funding
The Department of Environmental Protection encourages a wide-variety of energy efficiency and alternative energy programs. Everything from solar technology to stormwater management is accounted for with grants, loan and other incentive programs. To learn more about the programs, visit http://www.depweb.state.pa.us/.

Commonwealth Financing Authority
an independent State agency administering Pennsylvania's economic stimulus packages. The CFA holds fiduciary responsibility over the funding of programs and investments in Pennsylvania's economic growth. Programs are always changing, for more information contact MAP or go directly to their web site: http://www.newpa.com/find-and-apply-for-funding/commonwealth-financing-authority/index.aspx/.
OTHER PROGRAMS
Investigating international trade. Growing your sales. Servicing pre-existing debt and the remediation of contaminated land. All can be assisted by a variety of programs. Have an idea and are looking for help? Contact the Manufacturing Alliance at (215) 948-9285 x105 today for immediate assistance. With your ideas and our knowledge of grant, loan and other incentive programs, we can ensure the best opportunities to get your projects underway.
Regional HR Round Table
Wednesday, September 20, 2017
Cyber Security Solution Workshop for Manufacturers
Thursday, September 28, 2017
Regional Industrial Safety Round Table
Thursday, October 12, 2017
Manufacturing Energy Conference
Thursday, October 26, 2017
Plant Tour
Thursday, November 9, 2017
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