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Urban Strategy in the Present Tense ft. Bruce Katz and Della Clark

Urban Strategy in the Present Tense is a conversation series featuring notable urbanists discussing their frontline work in urban resilience, as well as sharing their insights about public policymaking, urban problem solving, and life in Philadelphia.

The series is produced by the Lindy Institute for Urban Innovation at Drexel University in partnership with the Urban Strategy Masters Program in Drexel's Westphal College of Media, Arts & Design.

Since 1992, Ms. Clark has brought this vision to fruition as President of The Enterprise Center (TEC) – an organization at the forefront of its region’s entrepreneurial ecosystem, guided by the mission to cultivate and invest in minority entrepreneurs to inspire working together for economic growth in communities. The Enterprise Center accomplishes this by accelerating the capacity of minority business enterprises to compete in any marketplace through business education, access to capital, management support, and connections.

Motivated by her belief that businesses success is a team sport, Ms. Clark epitomizes the core values of collaboration and economic growth that drive the outcomes of TEC as operator of a MBDA Business Center of Pennsylvania (MBC-PA), a DOT Small Business Transportation Resource Center, and a U.S. Small Business Administration ScaleUp America Initiative. Under Ms. Clark’s leadership, businesses have been made to count through more than $ 602 million in contracts, $100 million in financing, and 2,713 jobs created through MBC-PA. Minority- and women-owned businesses have secured more than $4 million in loans to start, grow, and succeed through The Enterprise Center Capital Corporation. And, more than $5.5 million was raised to construct the Dorrance H. Hamilton Center for Culinary Enterprises, a 13,000+ square-foot LEED-silver certified food business incubator and hub of community health and nutrition resources in West Philadelphia since 2012.

One of Ms. Clark’s notable accomplishments was raising the $2.5 million necessary to renovate TEC’s building in West Philadelphia, which bears historical significance as the former home of “American Bandstand” and currently houses 34 full-time staff that operates and hosts entrepreneurial programs for minority and disadvantaged enterprises at pivotal stages of development. Clark currently serves as a Board member for the University City District and Bridge of Hope CDC, and serves as a Trustee of the Restaurant School at Walnut Hill College. She is also a proud Eisenhower Fellow.

Bruce Katz is the Co-Founder and inaugural Director of the Nowak Metro Finance Lab.

Katz regularly advises global, national, state, regional and municipal leaders on public reforms and private innovations that advance the well-being of metropolitan areas and their countries.

Katz is the co-author of The New Localism: How Cities Can Thrive in the Age of Populism (Brookings Institution Press, 2018) and The Metropolitan Revolution: How Cities and Metros are Fixing Our Broken Politics and Fragile Economy (Brookings Institution Press, 2013).  Both books focus on the rise of cities and city networks as the world’s leading problem solvers.

Katz was the inaugural Centennial Scholar at the Brookings Institution from January 2016 to March 2018, where he focused on the challenges and opportunities of global urbanization.  Prior to assuming this role, Bruce J. Katz was a vice president at the Brookings Institution and founding Director of the Brookings Metropolitan Policy Program.

Before joining Brookings, Katz served as chief of staff to U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Henry Cisneros and was the senior counsel and then staff director for the U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Housing and Urban Affairs. After the 2008 presidential election, Bruce co-led the housing and urban transition team for the Obama administration and served as a senior advisor to new Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, Secretary Shaun Donovan, for the first 100 days of the Administration.

Katz is a visiting Professor at the London School of Economics. He gives dozens of lectures and presentations annually before public, corporate, civic and university audiences across the world. In 2006, he received the prestigious Heinz Award in Public Policy for his contributions to understanding the “function and values of cities and metropolitan areas and profoundly influencing their economic vitality, livability and sustainability.” Katz is a graduate of Brown University and Yale Law School.