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PWD Construction Seminar for Contractors Bidding on “Green” Projects

The Philadelphia Water Department will be hosting the third in a series of construction seminars for Contractors Bidding on “Green” Projects. The seminars are designed to provide important information to contractors about the department’s green stormwater infrastructure (GSI) contracts. Over the next two decades, PWD will be bidding over $2 billion in construction projects to
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William Penn Foundation Award

We are so proud to announce that SBN was awarded a 2-year grant in the amount of $377,000 to support the GSI Partners’ ongoing work to create a strong local industry where green stormwater infrastructure is in high demand, to amplify the local economic impact of both public and private green infrastructure investments, and to support
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Meet Our New Program Associate

One of the many exciting things the William Penn grant supports is increased staff capacity for the GSI Partners.Welcome Bill Cohen, our new full time Program Associate!  He will be providing administrative support to our Project Manager for the GSI Partners as well as for our role in in the management of  PWD’s Rain Check program.In addition to his strong administrative skills, Bill comes
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PWD’s Rain Check Program

We are working with PWD and PHS to plan the next several training seminars for Rain Check contractors.  The next one, scheduled for September 19th, will bring all contractors together – those experienced and those new to the program.  We’ll share successes of the program to date, programmatic updates, and facilitate a feedback session.  Next up: rain
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Business Engagement Committee Update

The last GSI Partners Quarterly Meeting of 2014 is 2 months away, so this Committee is thinking about networking activities and guest speakers/special topics for October’s meeting and for 2015. Please contact Committee Co-Chair Lee Armillei with your ideas and/or to join this Committee:  lee@green-weaver.com

Advocacy Committee Update

Our Advocacy Committee is looking forward to an Advocacy Workshop on Thursday, September 11th that will be facilitated by Beth McConnell, Policy Director at the Philadelphia Association of Community Development Corporations (PACDC).  This exciting workshop will support this Committee’s work to develop a strategy to accomplish our 3 main goals: maximizing the number of greened acres, especially
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Plan Review Committee Update

As mentioned last month, this Committee has wrapped up our interviews regarding PWD’s Stormwater Plan Review.  The Committee is currently drafting the narrative detailing the wonderful compliments and recommendations we heard.  Our next steps are to circulate the draft to the participating engineers for final comment, finalize the narrative, and share it with PWD. 

Small Business Innovation Grant (SBIG) Committee Update

The William Penn grant allows us to hire a consultant to help us build out this program, and provides us with an initial pot of Innovation Grant funding.  Exciting! Our SBIG Committee has clarified its role for the next year.  The Committee, who meets monthly, will be supporting SBN with the development of the RFP for the consultant search,
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BIA’s 13th Annual Housing Conference

The BIA of Philadelphia’s 13th Annual Housing Conference will examine how major projects are impacting the recovering market and how the housing industry can benefit. Speakers representing institutions and corporations, city government, developers and financiers will consider the issues from a variety of perspectives.The GSI Partners are interested in how these projects can be leveraged to continue to
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MAC-IECA’s 21st Annual Conference, Workshop, and Trade Expo

Registration is open for the Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the International Erosion Control Association’s Annual Conference. This year’s conference focus is “Erosion Control and Green Stormwater Infrastructure.“ **Our Project Manager, Anna Shipp, will be leading a breakout session, “Collaborating to Advance the Local GSI Industry”** September 16th – 18th, 2014 @ Radisson Hotel Valley Forge King of Prussia, PA
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