The Economy, Jobs, and Innovation in the City of Philadelphia: Past, Present, and the Future

Various reports, including Pew and the Philadelphia African American Forum, indicate that there are opportunities for entrepreneurial growth in the City of Philadelphia; however, the number of African American owned businesses in Philadelphia is relatively small in comparison with the percentage of African Americans in Philadelphia.

Harrisburg University of Science and Technology will host a  free series in Fall 2019 at its Philadelphia location on the economy, jobs, and the potential for innovation in the City of Philadelphia, specifically addressing the youth, underserved populations, college students, and small and medium-sized enterprises.  A look at the past, present, and future opportunities in the city of Philadelphia will be highlighted.  There are no costs and the events are open to the public.

The next lecture is: “Getting to Equal:  United not Divided” featuring Andrea Curtis, President and CEO of the Urban League of Philadelphia, on November 20th.

The lecture will take place at Harrisburg University—Philadelphia, which is located at  1500 Spring Garden Street, Philadelphia, PA, Ground Floor.   There are no costs for the events but an RSVP is required.

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Presentations:  4:30-5:30 pm

Light Refreshments/Networking: 5:30-6:00 pm

Harrisburg University of Science and Technology, Philadelphia location,
1500 Spring Garden Street, Philadelphia, PA
Ground Floor (use the side entrance at 486 N. 16th Street; along the same side entrance as CBS-Philly)



“Getting to Equal:  United not Divided”

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

President and CEO, Urban League of Philadelphia

This talk will discuss the importance of civic engagement, the power of one and the impact of collaboration; and will focus on GOTV (Get Out The Vote) and the 2020 Census.

Andrea Custis was named President & Chief Executive Officer of the Urban League of Philadelphia (ULP) in July 2017.

A respected public speaker, board member and mentor to many, Ms. Custis has established herself as a true public servant. For six years, she proudly served as a member of the Urban League of Philadelphia Board of Directors, where she sat on the Fund Development Committee. Ms. Custis served on the Board of Directors of Verizon Communications of Washington, D.C. She has also shared her talents and enthusiasm for community engagement by sitting on boards for Inroads, Inc. (Philadelphia, PA); Delaware Valley Child Care Council (Philadelphia, PA); Academy of Applied Electrical Sciences Board of Governors (Philadelphia, PA); DC Scores (Washington, D.C.); Atlas Performing Arts Center (Washington, D.C.) and Capitol VoIP Solutions (Washington, D.C.).  A strong advocate for education, Ms. Custis is a former member of the Board of Trustees at Lincoln University (PA) and was a member of the Advisory Council for Career and Vocational Education with the School District of Philadelphia. She is also a proud member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.

Ms. Custis has been recognized by Ebony magazine as “One To Watch,” one of The Network Journal’s “25 Influential Black Women in Business,”, and “Executive of the Year” by the Consortium of Information and Telecommunications Executives and Hispanic Support Organization.

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