Heard in City Hall: 10-year tax abatement going green?

Heard in City Hall: 10-year tax abatement going green?

Check out this post by Patrick Kerkstra outlining an idea to make the 10-year tax abatement contingent upon Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification.  The tax abatement has come up frequently in light of city budget constraints, with many claiming that it unnecessarily frees wealthy developers from tax requirements while loyal Philadelphia residents continue to pay their property taxes.

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Andrew Goodman, Community Engagement Director, New Kensington Community Development Corporation

Goodman is currently the Community Engagement Director at the New Kensington Community Development Corporation.

Previously, Goodman worked as a city planner and project manager for PennPraxis. His focus was on projects that combined community engagement and public space design, including the Central Delaware Waterfront Planning Process, the Green2015 initiative for Philadelphia Parks and Recreation, and the Bartram’s Mile project in Southwest Philadelphia.  Goodman was an early contributor to PlanPhilly and helped shape the site in its first iteration.  As PlanPhilly grew, Goodman represented the publisher and provided professional planning input and project management support as the site expanded its beat coverage, went through multiple redesigns, conducted an internal strategic plan, and researched revenue generation opportunities.

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