Open communication and cooperation.
For those working to improve Germantown and other Northwest Philadelphia neighborhoods, the pairing is paramount.
"If we could just get each group here, I'd be so happy. If you send me what you're doing, I can tap into that to my people and we can build," Rev. Chester Williams, president of the Chew and Belfield Neighbors Clubs, said during a Thursday-morning discussion among area community development corporations and other nonprofits.
Networking and more
Sylvie Gallier-Howard, assistant commerce director at the city's Commerce Department, also participated in the discussion facilitated by Misson Incorporated, a Germantown-based incubator for fledling nonprofits.
The pairing, however, has not always been present among Germantown stakeholders.
Over the years, neighborhood leaders and organizations have routinely clashed with one another. State Rep. Stephen Kinsey, for one, would like to see that discord disappear.
"We can't keep this monkey on our back as we move forward," said Kinsey, who co-organized and hosted the meeting at his Germantown Avenue office.
Aaron Moselle is a general assignment reporter for WHYY. While you can find him at the courthouse or a school funding rally, he also spends a good chunk of his time writing about issues in Northwest Philadelphia, where he was born and raised.