Navy Yard to be a Pick-up Location for a Community Supported Agriculture Program in 2023


We are excited to announce the Navy Yard will be a new pick-up location this upcoming spring for a Philadelphia-based community supported agriculture (CSA) program called FarmerJawn.

What is a CSA?

CSAs help local farmers prepare for the season ahead and with your share dollars, they can buy seeds, supplies, plan labor, and purchase equipment to grow all the food in the upcoming season. If you’re thinking about joining the CSA, you are making a powerful decision to support your community economics, your local farmer, and to provide organic nourishment to the mind, body, and soul of you and your loved ones!

Who is FarmerJawn?

FarmerJawn is a local agriculture company that follows regenerative farming practices that concentrate on soil health and increasing access to organic food to marginalized communities. The company has made a commitment to supporting sustainable farming practices in and around the Philadelphia region.

PIDC and FarmerJawn share a goal that highlights and supports local, small businesses, and FarmerJawn helps to support local businesses that take pride in producing organic and/or natural products for your lifestyle, body, and home.

FarmerJawn CSA Program Details

The 2023 CSA share season is scheduled to run from Sunday, April 16 to Sunday, July 2, 2023, with a variety of subscription options.

Each share consists of 8-10 weekly items including various organic vegetables, fruits, herbs, tea, honey, recipes and will feature an all-natural food, home, or body product from a local maker throughout the season.

FarmerJawns’ 2023 CSA options are detailed below:

  • Home-based CSA
    • Feeds up to 4 people
    • $400 Full CSA – 12 weekly pick-ups
    • $200 Half CSA – 6 bi-weekly pick-ups
  • Office-based CSA*
    • 12 weekly pick-ups
    • $1,000 – accommodates 10 people
    • $2,000 – accommodates 20 people

*The Office-Based CSA option is created specifically for offices. An example of an office-based CSA is companies investing in their teams with a healthy perk to show your team you care. These shares include fruits and veggies that are delicious raw or easy to prepare in an office setting and are made to accommodate between 10-20 people (depending on the chosen membership option).

The Navy Yard’s pick up is scheduled for

Wednesdays from noon – 6 p.m. beginning April 19

and will be on the porch of Building 101 at 4747 S Broad St.

Choose the option that best meets your needs and visit the FarmerJawn website for more information.

Example of FarmJawn CSA season.

Example of FarmJawn CSA season.


Navy Yard Collects Hundreds of Winter Clothing Items for Local School Children

Members of the Navy Yard campus and the local community came together for the inaugural Navy Yard Winter Wonderland and Winter Clothing Drive December 17. The event included winter-themed crafts, games, performances by Philadelphia School of Circus Arts, and local food trucks.

The event was free to attend, but attendees were encouraged to bring a new or lightly used winter hats, coats, gloves, mittens, socks, earmuffs, boots, or scarves benefitting local elementary schools. Between the items received at the event and the donations from Navy Yard businesses, approximately 500 individual items collected.

The biggest donation came from Carol Shipon, who works at a Naval Surface Warfare Center at the Navy Yard, in the form of 175 handmade, crocheted hats.


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Pennsylvania’s First Autonomous Shuttle Coming to the Philadelphia Navy Yard in December



Pennsylvania’s first autonomous vehicle (AV) shuttle is coming to Philadelphia this December. This comes off the heels of Governor Tom Wolf signing HB 2398, an AV bill which allows for the testing and full commercial deployment of AVs on Pennsylvania roads, into law November 3.

Beginning in December, the zero-emissions shuttle pilot will consist of testing, training, and analyzing the shuttle’s performance at the Navy Yard.

Once this testing is complete in early 2023, Phase 1 of the full deployment will augment existing transportation services between key locations within the Navy Yard, and then in Phase 2 will connect the Navy Yard to SEPTA’s NRG Station on the Broad Street subway line and adjacent to the Sports Complex and FDR Park.

The project took a step forward in February 2022 when PIDC, Philadelphia’s public-private economic development corporation, awarded Perrone Robotics, Inc. a two-phased AV shuttle and services contract. The pilot AV shuttle is funded by the Travel Options Program, a grant program of the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission (DVRPC). The Travel Options Program is an ongoing regional initiative that awards funds for innovative projects to provide better access to more travel options, while meeting the goals of climate action and air quality improvement, equity, reliability, freedom of choice, and affordability.

“The idea behind the Travel Options Program is to fund innovative projects that expand accessibility to and encourage the use of alternatives to driving alone, and we are pleased to fund the first AV shuttle in Greater Philadelphia and in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania,” said Barry Seymour, DVRPC Executive Director. “This exciting project will enhance accessibility to jobs and amenities in the Navy Yard and potentially cut the use of single occupancy vehicles while reducing emissions. It is the culmination of ongoing public-private partnerships, and many years of planning related to new technologies and is just the start of adding more electric and AV vehicles to the menu of travel options in our region.”

This project will enhance Navy Yard access and also help to reduce congestion and carbon emissions for the region. The Navy Yard AV shuttle deployment will include a backup operator on board during the pilot. The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) will oversee regulatory approvals and is partnering with researchers at Drexel University to analyze shuttle performance and rider feedback to inform future deployments. The infrastructure consulting firm AECOM assisted the grant proposal, and through its existing contracts with PennDOT will be providing overall program management, technical planning, testing, and deployment expertise.

“We are honored and excited to be part of this forward-thinking program with PIDC, DVRPC, PennDOT, AECOM, and Drexel University, to bring the world’s first automated Buy America, FMVSS, and ADA-compliant transit van to the city of Philadelphia,” said Paul Perrone, CEO and founder of Perrone Robotics. “This program will be a national example of the power of private-public partnerships to connect communities through safety-enhanced mobility solutions. We look forward to providing our TONY AV driver for the streets of Philadelphia and beyond to meet the growing demand across the United States and worldwide.”

“This is an exciting project, and AECOM is proud to partner with PennDOT, PIDC, the City,  and DVRPC to bring the AV shuttle to Philadelphia.” said Michael Girman, Senior Vice President, Transportation, AECOM. “Management of congestion, particularly during construction, is a substantial concern when creating more equitable and efficient transportation infrastructure, and we are always looking for innovative and collaborative ways to solve our region’s transportation challenges.”

“The Drexel University team, which includes Professors Dimitrios Fafalis and Divya Bhargava and their students in the College of Engineering, is delighted to be part of this pilot program,” said Jonathan Spanier, Professor and Head, Drexel University Department of Mechanical Engineering and Mechanics. “Drexel’s participation is well-aligned with two strategic priorities of Drexel 2030. This project harnesses the power of partnership with PennDOT and other transportation infrastructure stakeholders in the region. It also supports the empowering of students to be purpose-driven global citizens through their involvement in activities that seek to understand the potential for AV technology to improve safety and mobility on city streets and through construction zones.”

“The City is proud to host the first AV shuttle in Pennsylvania. Shared autonomous vehicles, such as this zero-emission shuttle that will connect the Navy Yard and NRG station, will demonstrate how this innovative technology can support safe and sustainable cities in the future by supporting existing transit systems and expanding their reach,” said Mayor Jim Kenney. “This shuttle will bring a new travel option to Philadelphians and support access to the jobs, parks, and opportunities within the Navy Yard.”

PIDC leads the development and site operations for the Navy Yard, including its Navy Yard Transit program, which currently operates two routes to NRG Station and Center City Philadelphia. As part of PIDC’s mission – to spur investment, support business growth, and foster developments that create jobs, revitalize neighborhoods, and drive growth in every corner of Philadelphia – this AV project will support a growing community of 15,000 employees, 8 million square feet of mix-use facilities that includes office, industrial, R&D, life sciences, and institutional space, with plans to add additional office, laboratories and clean spaces, retail, restaurants and hotels, and residential buildings, parks, greenways, and amenities over the next 20 years.

PIDC reviewed a wide range of mobility options focused on proven reliability and safety, including conducting a public request for proposals (RFP) process. Perrone Robotics’ successful history of AV deployments across municipal, university, and community projects, made it a clear choice for the pilot project. Perrone’s portfolio of turn-key AV transit and transportation shuttles include small, medium, and large vehicles for use in geofenced and localized operations.

“We are thrilled to partner with DVRPC, PennDOT, Perrone Robotics, AECOM, and Drexel University to deploy Pennsylvania’s first AV shuttle at the Navy Yard,” said Kate McNamara, PIDC’s Senior Vice President, Navy Yard. “Not only will this shuttle provide the Navy Yard’s employees and visitors with additional safe and sustainable transit access around campus and connecting to the region via the subway connection, but it also showcases Pennsylvania and the city of Philadelphia as a leader in the latest technologies and innovation. We are excited to support this project at the Navy Yard.”

For the first phase of the project, Perrone will deploy the TONY-MEV (a medium electric transit vehicle), which will be fully ADA compliant, all electric, and fully FMVSS compliant. The vehicle will be integrated with Perrone’s TONY (To Navigate You) technology that converts the shuttle to fully automated capabilities for operations in the Navy Yard. The shuttle can seat nine passengers plus a wheelchair, aside from the operator. The wheelchair ramp feature will be accessible from a standard roadside curb.

“Automated technologies have tremendous potential to expand equitable transportation options and enhance safety,” PennDOT Secretary Yassmin Gramian said. “We are committed to safely developing this industry in Pennsylvania and look forward to partnering on this shuttle deployment.”



The Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission is the federally designated Metropolitan Planning Organization for the Greater Philadelphia region, established by an Interstate Compact between the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the State of New Jersey. Members include Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, and Philadelphia counties, plus the City of Chester, in Pennsylvania; and Burlington, Camden, Gloucester, and Mercer counties, plus the cities of Camden and Trenton, in New Jersey.

DVRPC’s vision for the Greater Philadelphia Region is a prosperous, innovative, equitable, resilient, and sustainable region that increases mobility choices by investing in a safe and modern transportation system; that protects and preserves our natural resources while creating healthy communities; and that fosters greater opportunities for all.

DVRPC’s mission is to achieve this vision by convening the widest array of partners to inform and facilitate data-driven decision-making. We are engaged across the region, and strive to be leaders and innovators, exploring new ideas and creating best practices. Learn more at

About PIDC
PIDC is Philadelphia’s public-private economic development corporation. Since acquiring the 1,200-acre site from the federal government in 2000, PIDC has led the development and site operations for the Navy Yard. PIDC’s mission—to spur investment, support business growth, and facilitate developments that create jobs, revitalize neighborhoods, and drive growth to every corner of Philadelphia—strongly informs its strategy for the Navy Yard, where the focus is on building a cohesive community that fosters employment, innovation, and production. PIDC manages all aspects of the Navy Yard, including planning, leasing, property management, infrastructure development, utility operation, and structuring development transactions. For more information about PIDC, visit and follow us @PIDCphila on Twitter. For more information about the Navy Yard, visit and follow us on Twitter @NavyYardPhila.

About PennDOT
PennDOT oversees programs and policies affecting highways, urban and rural public transportation, airports, railroads, ports, and waterways. More than three-quarters of PennDOT’s annual budget is invested in Pennsylvania’s approximately 120,000 miles of state and local highways and 32,000 state and local bridges. PennDOT is directly responsible for nearly 40,000 miles of highway and roughly 25,400 bridges, a system first established in 1911.

Roughly 7,200 of PennDOT’s complement of nearly 11,375 employees are engaged in the maintenance, restoration, and expansion of the state highway system. They work in central headquarters in Harrisburg and 11 engineering districts, with facilities in all 67 counties.

PennDOT also administers the state’s 11.8 million vehicle registrations and 10.3 million driver’s licenses and IDs, and oversees safety and emission inspection programs.

About Perrone Robotics, Inc.
Perrone is a leading provider of fully automated vehicle systems. The company delivers mobility excellence via TONY® (short for “TO Navigate You”), a vehicle independent retrofit kit for use in the automated transit of people and goods in geo-fenced and localized operations. TONY embeds inside any vehicle type or model, for any job application to provide a complete “artificial driver” solution that brings full autonomy in a safety certifiable framework. Proven, piloted and in commercial production, Perrone automated systems help commercial, municipal, and governmental customers increase transportation efficiencies, enhance safety, and accelerate zero-emission electric vehicle deployment. The company also offers a portfolio of existing turnkey automated shuttles and vehicles pre-integrated with the TONY retrofit kit. Learn more @ or follow us @perronerobotics.

About Drexel University College of Engineering
Founded in 1891 in Philadelphia, Drexel is a comprehensive urban university of more than 23,000 students, and a leader in experiential, technology-infused education, enriched by the nation’s premier cooperative- education program. Drexel is rethinking its institutional boundaries and creating a vibrant presence and ecosystem of innovation in and around University City while delivering on the University’s public purpose as an anchor institution for Philadelphia.

As the cornerstone of Drexel, the College of Engineering empowers students to engineer change in their lives and through their careers by emphasizing a balance of theory and practical experience. Faculty scholars and industry experts cultivate technically and theoretically trained adaptable engineers who are dedicated to the discovery and the application of technology, and who understand the global, social and ethical implications of creating sustainable solutions to societal challenges. Through industry and community partnerships, Drexel Engineering is committed to engaging students in capstone learning experiences and helping to drive the advancement of technology and automation in the region.

AECOM is the world’s trusted infrastructure consulting firm, delivering professional services throughout the project lifecycle – from planning, design and engineering to program and construction management. On projects spanning transportation, buildings, water, new energy, and the environment, our public- and private-sector clients trust us to solve their most complex challenges. Our teams are driven by a common purpose to deliver a better world through our unrivaled technical expertise and innovation, a culture of equity, diversity and inclusion, and a commitment to environmental, social and governance priorities. AECOM is a Fortune 500 firm and its Professional Services business had revenue of $13.3 billion in fiscal year 2021. See how we are delivering sustainable legacies for generations to come at and @AECOM.

Media Contacts:

PIDC: Jacob Dillon, Director, Navy Yard Marketing and Communications / 215-218-2856 | Cell:  757-705-9281

DVRPC: Elise Turner, Manager, Office of Communications and Engagement / 215-435-0379 (cell)

PennDOT: Erin Waters-Trasatt, Communications Director / 717-873-8800

Drexel: Britt Faulstick, Executive Director of Media Relations, Drexel University / 215.895.2617



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Navy Yard Skills Initiative Program Named Workforce Champion


BioBuzz Workforce Champion Award goes to Wistar’s New Biomedical Technician Training Program for Adults 

A collaborative program with West Philadelphia Skills Initiative, Iovance Biotherapeutics, and PIDC focuses on training adults for jobs in the specialized life science sector.

 PHILADELPHIA — (DECEMBER 14, 2022) — The Wistar Institute Biomedical Technician Training (BTT) Program was awarded Workforce Champion of the Year in the 3rd Annual 2022 BioBuzz Awards. The program is a collaborative that includes The Wistar Institute, West Philadelphia Skills Initiative, Iovance Biotherapeutics, PIDC, and others. The award, based on votes from individuals throughout the community, celebrates the outstanding life science institutes, companies, and people that make up the Philadelphia and BioHealth Capital Regions. The program, modeled on Wistar’s successful BTT Program for community college students, focuses on an underserved adult population – adults with a GED or high school diploma.

“This Program was conceived of—by Philadelphians—and for Philadelphians,” said Kristy Shuda McGuire, Ph.D., Wistar dean of biomedical studies. “What better way to support our growing workforce than with Philadelphia residents trained in sought after, specialized skills. The newest iteration of our BTT Program is focused on meeting demands of local biotechnology companies for a diverse and skilled workforce.”

The more than 400 applicants support the fact that there is a strong interest among Philly’s adult population to explore this career opportunity. From that applicant pool, 18 participants were chosen and are currently learning in Wistar’s Training Lab. West Philadelphia Skills Initiative led recruitment, selection, and professional development programming.

“The development of this unique program required thoughtful collaboration from key partners ranging from University City, to Philadelphia Works, to the Navy Yard, and more,” said Cait Garozzo, executive director of the West Philadelphia Skills Initiative. “We are tremendously pleased for the recognition from BioBuzz for what we feel is a truly innovative workforce program.”

Funding was provided by Philadelphia Works, grants from the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry PAsmart program, GSK, and Justamere Foundation. BTT Program graduates who successfully complete the training qualify for technician positions at Iovance Biotherapeutics. The Program prepares participants for skilled positions that involve maintaining sterile labs, assembling sterile products, stocking supplies, and documenting processes of biomedical manufacturing – a rapidly growing area in Philadelphia.

“Iovance is excited to help introduce a wider, diverse range of Philadelphians to new technical skills and career options in biotech manufacturing,” said Jamie Crawford, vice president of Iovance Cell Therapy Center (iCTC) Manufacturing at Iovance Biotherapeutics. “We hope this new program can serve as a model of inclusivity within the biotech workforce, to fill the growing demand for technicians in the region.”

“This award truly reflects how meaningful, strategic partnerships can support positive change and provide quality opportunities to individuals and communities that previously lacked access,” said Kate McNamara, PIDC’s senior vice president, Navy Yard. “It’s very exciting that the Navy Yard and PIDC are involved in this partnership and are part of workforce solutions for a rapidly growing industry.”


The Wistar Institute, the first independent nonprofit biomedical research institute in the United States, marshals the talents of an international team of outstanding scientists through a highly enabled culture of biomedical collaboration and innovation, to solve some of the world’s most challenging and important problems in the field of cancer, immunology, and infectious diseases, and produce groundbreaking advances in world health. Consistent with a pioneering legacy of leadership in not-for-profit biomedical research and a track record of life-saving contributions in immunology and cell biology, Wistar scientists pursue novel and courageous research paths to life science discovery, and to accelerate the impact of early-stage discoveries by shortening the path from bench to bedside.

The West Philadelphia Skills Initiative (WPSI) is one of the nation’s most successful workforce development organizations. For 10 years, WPSI has solidified its role as one of the highest performing workforce intermediaries in the country by building customized talent solutions that bridge the divide between unemployed Philadelphians seeking opportunity and employers seeking talent. WPSI focuses on professional development and career coaching for adults.

Iovance Biotherapeutics (NASDAQ: IOVA) aims to be the global leader in innovating, developing and delivering tumor infiltrating lymphocyte (TIL) therapies for patients with cancer. We are pioneering a transformational approach to cure cancer by harnessing the human immune system’s ability to recognize and destroy diverse cancer cells in each patient. Located in Philadelphia, PA, our Iovance Cell Therapy Center (iCTC) is the first centralized and scalable manufacturing facility dedicated to producing TIL therapies for patients with solid tumors. Our lead late-stage TIL product candidate, lifileucel for metastatic melanoma, has the potential to become the first approved one-time cell therapy for a solid tumor cancer. For more information, please visit

PIDC is Philadelphia’s public-private economic development corporation. Since acquiring the 1,200-acre site from the federal government in 2000, PIDC has been the master developer and site operator of the Navy Yard. PIDC’s mission—to spur investment, support business growth, and facilitate developments that create jobs, revitalize neighborhoods, and drive growth to every corner of Philadelphia—strongly informs its strategy for the Navy Yard, where the focus is on building a cohesive community that fosters employment, innovation, and production. PIDC manages all aspects of the property’s management and development, including master planning, leasing, property management, infrastructure development, utility operation, and structuring development transactions.

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PIDC Receives Sustainability Award for Work at the Navy Yard

PIDC received the Industry Innovation/Corporate Sustainability Award, which honors environmental excellence, leadership, and accomplishment, from the Pennsylvania Environmental Council for more than twenty years of leadership in redeveloping a former military shipyard into a mixed-use campus with a focus on sustainable development.

Kate McNamara, PIDC’s Senior Vice President at the Navy Yard, accepted the award on behalf of PIDC at the 52nd Annual Environmental Partnership Dinner held in Philadelphia on Nov. 17. Watch the video about the Navy Yard’s sustainability efforts below or on YouTube.

Since PIDC acquired the shipyard on behalf of the City of Philadelphia in 2000, PIDC has remained committed to providing a sustainable, efficient, and green work environment for the 150 businesses on our diverse 1,200-acre campus.

Navy Yard businesses and employees work in adaptively reused buildings or LEED certified new construction, enjoy over 20 acres of open park space that reduces stormwater runoff, and have access to green transit options like Navy Yard buses, Indego bike share, car share, and EV chargers.

Sustainable site operations at the Navy Yard include:

  • SOLAR: More than 1,200 solar panels have been installed in our community solar power system that allows companies at the Navy Yard the opportunity to share the benefits of solar power without installing panels on their own property. The Navy Yard Community Solar project was the first of its kind in PA. When fully operational it will produce 930,000 of kWh of clean, reliable, and cost-effective power per year.
  • BUILDING RE-USE: PIDC and several private development partners have renovated many of the former Marine and Navy officers’ quarters and historic buildings. These now provide beautiful, historic, and eclectic office space to a wide variety of commercial tenants – examples include URBN Corporate HQ and the reuse of former Marine Barracks and Admiral Quarters.
  • HIGH PERFORMANCE BUILDINGS: PIDC strongly encourages the design and construction of high-performance, sustainable buildings at the Navy Yard. We require our partners to construct highly sustainable projects that in most instances include LEED (Leadership in Environmental and Energy Design) certifications, the rating system created by the United States Green Building Council (USGBC).
    In total, 85% of existing buildings are LEED certified buildings, including Philadelphia’s first developer-owned LEED Platinum building built in 2005 and Philadelphia’s first double LEED Platinum building built in 2013.
  • STORMWATER MANAGEMENT: We have worked closely with the Philadelphia Water Department’s Watersheds Initiative; the Navy Yard has piloted the use of innovative stormwater management systems. Examples of demonstrated improvements include rain gardens, sidewalk and landscape buffers, and drainage swales, all of which prevent considerable levels of runoff from reaching city sewers.
  • ARBORETUM: The Navy Yard was certified as a Level-1 arboretum in 2018 by Arbnet with more than 2,000 trees already established demonstrates the Navy Yard’s commitment to public greenspace, sustainable landscapes, and resiliency. As one of only five arboretums in Philadelphia, it is especially important that the Navy Yard preserves and expands greenspaces at the Navy Yard. By building upon and sustaining green spaces, the Navy Yard can assure that future generations have a place to appreciate nature in an urban environment, while at the same time developing the Navy Yard to create equitable growth, jobs, and accessibility for decades to come.
  • FUTURE DEVELOPMENT: As we embark on our $6B, 15-20-year development, we have put sustainability at the forefront by thinking of and planning for:
    • Smart, interconnected system linking multiple transit modes
    • Parking & mobility hubs
    • Expanded transit, including autonomous
    • Enhanced bike & pedestrian amenities
    • Exploring LEED district
    • Incorporating sea level rise and climate change / Elevated buildings and infrastructure
    • Evaluating sustainable power alternatives
    • Pursuing pilot projects for advanced energy management (e.g., building-to-grid tech)
    • Integrated green stormwater management
    • Advanced energy management (e.g., building-to-grid tech)


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The Navy Yard Welcomes Labcorp

Labcorp staff on opening day

Labcorp staff on opening day

The Navy Yard is pleased to welcome Labcorp to the Navy Yard Community. Located at 1 Crescent Drive, Suite 102, Labcorp is convenient and accessible to individuals who work or live within close proximity to the Navy Yard.

Services and Support Offered

  • Appointment scheduling
  • Courier service
  • Variety of test order and result delivery solutions
  • Labcorp Patient PortalTM and mobile app
  • Comprehensive test menu
  • Expanded specimen collection locations
  • Local STAT capabilities
  • Insurance claims

About Labcorp
Labcorp is a leading global life sciences company. With a mission to improve health and improve lives, Labcorp delivers world-class diagnostic solutions, brings innovative medicines to patients faster and uses technology to improve the delivery of care.

The scientists, medical researchers, doctors, and health care professionals that work for Labcorp advance science, technology and innovations to make real, meaningful differences in patients’ lives. Using world-class diagnostics to improve patient care and accelerating drug development, Labcorp is always rethinking ways to make health care more accessible. Labcorp partners with and provides services to anyone, in any community, affected by health care. This includes managed care organizations, biopharmaceutical companies, governmental agencies, physicians and other healthcare providers, hospitals and health systems, employers, patients and consumers, contract research organizations, and independent clinical laboratories.

Labcorp is open Monday – Friday, 7 a.m. – 3 p.m. This lab welcomes walk-ins or schedule an appointment today.

  • Address: 1 Crescent Drive, Suite 102
  • Phone Number: 215-618-4773

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Navy Yard Debuts Alpha Sacred Being Documentary at Navy Yard Fall Festival

The Navy Yard kicked fall off with a celebration and a documentary screening on October 19. More than 100 people came out on the first cold day of the season for an evening filled with food trucks, live music, games, and pumpkin painting.

But the main attraction was the world premiere of Group X’s very first documentary, “Alpha Sacred Beings.” The free screening included a special performance by the Red Blanket Singers, a Southern Style Native American drum and dance group!

The short documentary explored the work of Group X’s latest collaborating lead artist, Marianela Fuentes. Group X worked with Marianela to create a monument symbolizing a bridge between two Indigenous Nations. Alpha Sacred Beings (The Origin of Creation), was dedicated at League Island Park at the Navy Yard in June and is permanently on display.




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The Navy Yard Welcomes Delegation of Leaders from India Focusing on Biomedical Entrepreneurship, Technology, and Innovation

A delegation of biomedical leaders from India visited the Navy Yard on October 7 as part of a larger visit to understand biomedical entrepreneurship, technology, and innovation in the Philadelphia region.

During the visit, Navy Yard leadership briefed the group on the growing life sciences ecosystem, sustainability efforts, and future development plans at the Navy Yard. The group also enjoyed a guided tour to learn about the past, present, and future of the Navy Yard.

The Philadelphia tour was organized by Citizen Diplomacy International. Citizen Diplomacy International is a nonprofit organization that empowers its citizens to represent the city and the United States through person-to-person diplomacy. They showcase the best of Philadelphia and make global connections for Philadelphians; inspiring Philadelphia to be a global city and be globally recognized. Each year, its Citizen Diplomats volunteers welcome nearly 1,300 international visitors to Philadelphia on high school exchange programs, professional exchange programs, and trade missions.

Citizen Diplomacy International worked with the U.S. Department of State-sponsored exchange program called the International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP).  The IVLP is the U.S. Department of State’s premier professional exchange program. Through short-term visits to the United States, current and emerging foreign leaders in a variety of fields experience this country firsthand and cultivate lasting relationships with their American counterparts. Each year nearly 5,000 International Visitors come to the U.S. on the International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP). More than 200,000 International Visitors have engaged with Americans through the IVLP, including more than 500 current or former Chiefs of State or Heads of Government.


Dylan Langley, Navy Yard Director of Leasing & Development, briefs a delegation of biomedical leaders from India on the life sciences ecosystem at the Navy Yard. The group visited Philadelphia to better understand biomedical entrepreneurship, technology, and innovation in the region.

Dylan Langley, Navy Yard Director of Leasing & Development, briefs a delegation of biomedical leaders from India on the life sciences ecosystem at the Navy Yard. The group visited Philadelphia to better understand biomedical entrepreneurship, technology, and innovation in the region.


Navy Yard Supports Diversity in Business Development through MED Week Workshop

The Navy Yard hosted to members of the Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) community for a Minority Enterprise Development (MED) Week workshop on October 7.

The workshop at the Navy Yard was part of more than 40 other events in the region during the 38th annual Philadelphia MED Week, which was organized by the City’s Department of Commerce Office of Economic Opportunity and recognized the outstanding achievements of MBEs and equipped them with resources and connections to help them grow. This year’s theme was Forging the Future: Growing Generational Wealth – “This is How We Do It!”

Philadelphia Councilmember Katherine Gilmore Richardson spearheaded the event at the Navy Yard with the goal of expanding MBE opportunities at the Navy Yard and said coming to events such as MED Week are valuable because these events can lead to new contracts and contracts are key to growing business. MED Week helps small businesses gain capital and opportunity.

During the event, PIDC and Navy Yard leadership along with executives from Ensemble/Mosaic (the exclusive developer of a 109-acre mixed-use development at the Navy Yard) spoke and provided resources to the participants and discussed how they could play a role in the future development of the Navy Yard.

As part of the 20-year, $6-billion-dollar development of the Navy Yard, PIDC and Ensemble/Mosaic are committed to a robust and holistic equity strategy that will deliver meaningful economic opportunities for minority- and women-owned businesses and traditionally under-represented individuals.

This commitment established a new standard at the Navy Yard and in development projects across the City. The agreement stipulates minimum obligations to promote equity and inclusion in the residential and retail development, including:

  • 15% of all residential units (representing approximately 450 units) will be made affordable to individuals or families at incomes ranging from 60% to 120% of AMI, with affordability covenant ensured for 40 years.
  • 25% of retail space will be made available for lease to local minority- and women-owned companies.
  • In addition, Ensemble/Mosaic has created The Navy Yard Empowerment Foundation, funded by ongoing contributions from each individual Ensemble/Mosaic project at the Navy Yard.

The Foundation is dedicated to providing education, job training, access to capital, mentorship, and wealth creation opportunities.

Philadelphia Councilmember Katherine Gilmore Richardson, Sam Rhoads (PIDC Executive Vice President), Brian Cohen (Ensemble Real Estate, SVP, Regional Director East), and Greg Reaves (Founder & Co-Owner, Mosaic Development Partners) speak address attendees of a Minority Enterprise Development (MED) Week workshop at the Navy Yard.

Philadelphia Councilmember Katherine Gilmore Richardson, Sam Rhoads (PIDC Executive Vice President), Brian Cohen (Ensemble Real Estate, SVP, Regional Director East), and Greg Reaves (Founder & Co-Owner, Mosaic Development Partners) speak address attendees of a Minority Enterprise Development (MED) Week workshop at the Navy Yard.