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University City District

The University City District was founded in 1997 by a consortium of organizations in the University City area of West Philadelphia. Historically, UCD has leveraged the power of its institutional partners to foster positive change in the community it serves. For its first twelve years of operation, UCD’s focus was commercial revitalization and quality of life, emphasizing public safety, public space maintenance, planning, economic development, capital improvements, and marketing and promoting the District’s attractions and amenities. In 2009, UCD’s board recognized that increasingly, the place-making activities of community development organizations will focus on talent development and economic opportunity. The result was the formal establishment of the West Philadelphia Skills Initiative, which creates infrastructure to support systemic change in the relationship between major employers and place-based workforce institutions.