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Thomas: Learning About Seattle’s Strategic Placemaking

GPLEX always provide a great opportunity to learn best practices and apply them to the work we're doing in our communities.


I'm especially excited to attend this year's GPLEX for three reasons: First, to learn more about Seattle's health sector that's addressing local health disparities.  Second, to learn more about Seattle’s K-12 arts programming.  Third, to explore Seattle’s efforts to diversify the tech sector.


Each of these could be extremely helpful as we work to activate the proposed employment hubs along North Broad Street in Philadelphia.  They may help me gain insight on strategic placemaking that could provide sustainable employment to underserved communities.


Shalimar Thomas is Executive Director of North Broad Renaissance