Cooper’s Ferry Partnership Hosts Annual Meeting
More than 400 business and community leaders who gathered at the Adventure Aquarium for the Cooper’s Ferry Partnership’s 2015 Annual Meeting in February heard Susan Bass Levin proclaim that Camden was making great progress because “we have come together to work together.”
Levin noted that, during the past year, there has been a 50 percent reduction in homicides, the city and state have implemented a plan to reform Camden’s education system, and the Economic Opportunity Act has provided attractive financial incentives and improved investor confidence to draw businesses back to the city.
Joining Levin as featured speakers were Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno, Philadelphia 76ers CEO Scott O'Neil, and Camden Mayor Dana L. Redd.
The Lieutenant Governor echoed Levin’s optimism, telling the crowd that “Today, we celebrate the incredible growth that has come from the strong partnerships we’ve developed between government, business and the community.
“And the benefits aren’t just in Camden – we have seen the positive impact spread throughout the entire region. Thanks to the dedication and leadership of everyone gathered here, we are proving that Camden is a great place to do business.”
“I welcome this opportunity, each year, to share the state of the city with a group of interested and involved business and community leaders,” said Mayor Redd. “None of our city’s accomplishments stands alone—each is the result of collaborations between public and private partners working together to create solutions for meaningful change.”
Scott O’Neil, 76ers CEO, added, “Camden's Waterfront redevelopment is of incredible importance to the Philadelphia 76ers, and we are proud to play a role in its revitalization through our new Training Complex. I am pleased I was able to meet and speak with those leading the charge in the city's renaissance at today’s annual meeting.”
Cooper’s Ferry Partnership also presented its annual Camden Hero of the Year Award to Monsignor Robert T. McDermott and the Camden Special Services District Ambassador of the Year Award to Kenny Beasley.
Monsignor McDermott, known as “Father Bob,” has served as pastor of St. Joseph Pro-Cathedral Parish since 1985 and was recognized for his nearly 30 years of service to the people of Camden, creating and expanding numerous, vital ministries aimed at caring for those in need.
Beasley has been a member of the Camden Special Services District for nearly 10 years. He was recognized for his strong work ethic, leadership and positive attitude.
Cooper’s Ferry Partnership (CFP) is a nonprofit economic development organization that is dedicated to planning and implementing high-quality urban redevelopment projects to help revitalize the City of Camden.
CFP partners with public, private and local leaders to strengthen Camden’s connections to its parks and waterways; leverage public investment into infrastructure and real estate; and cultivate well-programed civic spaces that will encourage people to live, work, invest, and play in the City of Camden.