The Central Philadelphia Development Corporation (CPDC) has elected Urban Engineers’ CEO, Edward M. D’Alba, PE, to serve as the organization’s President for the next three years.
CPDC is a membership organization affiliated with and managed by the staff of the Center City District and committed to enhancing the competitiveness and attractiveness of CenterCity. Since 1956, CPDC has been a highly effective vehicle for private-sector leadership to shape the future of downtown through research, planning, advocacy, and civic engagement. Today, more than 100 major businesses and institutions support CPDC, including those in the real estate, financial services, design, legal, insurance, arts and culture, hospitality, and communications sectors.
D’Alba has been an active member of CPDC since 1990, serving on the board as vice president and chair of the organization’s transportation committee.
“Working with Paul Levy, his staff, and our outstanding board, it is my goal to continue the great work of this organization as President,” D’Alba said. “We have a fascinating story to tell.”
CPDC counts among its many achievements in the last half century the revitalization of historic Society Hill, an improved Vine Street Expressway, advocacy for the Center City Commuter Rail Connection and establishment of the Avenue of the Arts, the creation of the Center City District, a new generation of improvements on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, and the diversification of Center City as a 24-hour downtown.
Working in partnership with business, government, and other civic organizations, many of CPDC’s current initiatives focus on improving transportation, including promoting public transit, engaging the private sector in improved transportation management, and partnering with regional organizations on the development of high-speed rail on the Northeast Corridor.
“I encourage those from beyond Philadelphia to visit and see first hand the accomplishments made possible by a partnership of community, business, and government who share a common goal of revitalizing the downtown area,” D’Alba stated.