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About Us2024-03-08T14:44:56-05:00

Why North Broad?

The North Broad Street corridor is experiencing dynamic growth and development. With Eds and Meds driving economic development, the corridor is increasingly becoming home to small businesses, technology, arts and culture and health establishments ready to complement the commerce, culture and communities that exist on this historical corridor.

Whether you are a business looking to locate to the corridor, a resident happy to call North Broad home, or a visitor ready to explore and enjoy, the North Broad Renaissance (NBR) is here to support. To learn how, continue reading below.

The North Broad Renaissance is a non-profit that serves as a Special Service District (SSD) whose primary role is to provide communication and information to City administrators and Council, neighborhood and community groups and others who are (or may) do business or development or other activities on North Broad, from City Hall to Germantown Avenue. In partnership with community stakeholders, we are revitalizing the community, creating opportunities, and improving the economic power and overall quality of life along North Broad by doing the following:

  • Keeping North Broad Clean and Safe
  • Maintaining and Improving Greenspace along North Broad
  • Marketing North Broad to the Community and Visitors, and Communicating with Stakeholders
  • Ensuring Innovative, Strategic and Diverse Business Attraction, Business Retention and Business Development

To learn more, read the 2022 State of North Broad

Our Philosophies

The ultimate goal for the North Broad Street corridor is community revitalization.

The North Broad Renaissance (NBR) has released its updated strategic plan – A Broader Vision: 2024-2029. Outlined in the plan are the organization’s new mission, vision, and values, as well as the key goals for the next five years. Access the full plan at the link below:

NBR Strategic Plan

The North Broad Renaissance is a nationally recognized, growing non-profit that manages the North Broad Business Improvement and North Broad Special Service District. The organization is doing the important work of vitalizing North Broad Street by improving its economic vitality and overall quality of life. Our work around cleaning, greening, safety, business attraction, business retention, and employment is directly impacting more than 50,000 residents, in eight neighborhoods, and helping to increase the median income in the district.

The ultimate goal for the North Broad Street corridor is community revitalization.

According to research, if they work well, neighborhood commercial corridors make an important contribution to community quality-of-life, especially in pedestrian and transit-dependent lower-income neighborhoods. As North Broad Street becomes a key area of development and revitalization, it’s critical that, collectively, we serve as partners where current and future stakeholders benefit from this revitalization. It’s no secret that this process can be challenging and can have its share of successes and failures, but we look forward to working with the community as we hold each other accountable for accomplishing this goal.

2024 State of North Broad Report

Board of Directors

Dr. Kenneth Scott
Board Chairman, President of Beech Interplay

Eric Blumenfeld
Principal of EB Realty Management Corporation

Steven Scott Bradley
Board Secretary, CEO of Bradley and Bradley Associates, Inc.

Randolph K. Brock
Board Treasurer, Vice President and Investment Officer Wells Fargo

Geoff Gordon
President of Live Nation North East

Mark Harris
Managing Partner of Linebarger Goggan Blair & Sampson, LLP’s Philadelphia Office

Sheila Ireland
President and CEO of Philadelphia OIC

Anthony Johnson
PIA Board Chairman and Director of Operation

Lowell Thomas, Esq.
General Counsel, Philadelphia Housing Authority

Stephen P. Mullin
President and Principal of Econsult Solutions

Brian Murray
CEO and Founder of Shift Capital

Staff of Organization

The Staff of the organization currently consists of two individuals who are responsible for the day-to-day operations as well as oversight of all programs, communication, and initiatives of NBR.

Shalimar Thomas | Executive Director
Nicole Burrel | Executive Assistance

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