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Saturday, June 9 • 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Collaborating with Immigrant and Refugee Communities to Revitalize Neighborhood Commercial Corridors

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Philadelphia’s neighborhood commercial corridors have been shaped by immigrant and refugee entrepreneurs for generations. An architect from a community design center, the director of a community development organization, and an economic development specialist from a public agency will discuss how they are promoting investment, inclusion, and equity on some of Philadelphia’s most diverse and dynamic neighborhood commercial corridors by addressing questions and telling stories from their individual and coalitional work.

Speakers
avatar for Alex Balloon

Alex Balloon

Executive Director, Tacony Community Development Corporation
Alex Balloon is the Executive Director of the Tacony Community Development Corporation,located in Philadelphia, where he focuses on commercial corridor development andneighborhood revitalization. Alex has also been a key advocate in city-wide initiatives related tocommercial corridor... Read More →
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Robin Kohles

Community Design Collaborative
Robin Kohles, AIA, manages neighborhood economic development programs for theCommunity Design Collaborative, a community design center serving greater Philadelphia.Working in close partnership with the Philadelphia Department of Commerce and communitydevelopment corporations throughout... Read More →
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Andy Toy

Development and Communications Director, Southeast Asian Mutual Assistance Association Coalition
Andy Toy is the Development and Communications Director for Southeast Asian MutualAssistance Associations Coalition (SEAMAAC), a nonprofit organization that serves the needs,advocates on behalf of, and supports growing opportunities for refugees, immigrants andmarginalized communities... Read More →
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Lamei Zhang

Special Projects Associate, Philadelphia Chinatown Development Corporation
Lamei Zhang is the Special Projects Associate at the Philadelphia Chinatown DevelopmentCorporation. Her work engages her in tasks required to keep a commercial corridor active andvital: small business outreach and development, the business district’s street cleaning program,event... Read More →


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