The Germantown District (GSSD) welcomed David Rose as its new Executive Director in late January of 2017; filling this leadership role is a major step in fulfilling the GSSD’s organizational mission. Mr. Rose has more than ten years of experience working with people, businesses and institutions ‘create value from within’ through his families boutique consulting firm Sally Blagg, LLC; in his work with historic places and spaces he utilizes historic reference as the launch point to engage and maintain conversation around commercial revitalization and economic development.
David is an Urban and Public Policy graduate from the State University of New York at Buffalo (SUNY Buffalo) – much of his knowledge about economic development came under the mentorship of Robert Shibley, the current Dean at UB’s School of Architecture and Planning and co-author of Placemaking: The Art and Practice of Building Communities.
David Rose’s most recent work was as program manager for public space initiatives at the Myrtle Avenue Brooklyn Partnership in Brooklyn, NY. He is a 2016 alum of the Coro Neighborhood Leadership Program in New York and an alum of the Brooklyn Urban Gardener Program; both certifications attained during his work with the Myrtle Avenue BID. In Philadelphia, when not working with the Germantown District, Mr. Rose is consulting and executing projects with the consulting team at Sally Blagg, LLC.
In Germantown, David looks forward to executing a vision that the board laid out in its November 2016 Annual Meeting of “helping to ignite the growth of current and emerging new businesses and making sure a positive impact is felt by not only business owners, but residents as well.” Mr. Rose is enthusiastic about working with the community as well as property and business owners on new programs and initiatives of the GSSD. Mr. Rose works out of the new GSSD office located at 57 Maplewood Mall; he is a resident of Germantown.
READY, WILLING & ABLE (RWA)
Ready, Willing and Able (RWA) also known as ‘The Men in Blue’, are our contract cleaners who work hard 5 days a week to clean the area and help maintain an increasingly cleaner district that is becoming free of liter and sidewalk trash. RWA also assists the the organization by reporting to the Executive Director, findings of grafitti in the district, short dumping and other violations of city code within the district.
The crew that works in Germantown is supervised by Curtis, who has been working in our area with RWA in our neighborhood since 2013. Curtis oversees a crew of four men, who are learning skills that will help them as they continue on their path to self-sufficiency.. RWA, is a non-profit organization working to break the cycles of homelessness, addiction, and criminal recidivism by providing paid transitional work, occupational training, housing, and comprehensive support services to homeless individuals. Learn more about the phenonmenal work RWA does and read some of their success stories at: www.rwaphiladelphia.org
When you see the ‘Men in Blue’ give them a wave and shout “hi!”. They provide a tremendous service to the district and have made a significant impact on the cleanliness of the Avenues.