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Re:CAP Recommends | Jumpstart Germantown jumps to two more city neighborhoods

October 26, 2016

Re:CAP Recommends Jumpstart Germantown jumps to two more city neighborhoods by The Philadelphia Inquirer’s Alan J. Heavens

WHO: Ken Weinstein, Fels MPA ’91, believes that it is possible to do well by doing good. His social entrepreneurship success is proof positive that this ethos is sound. Ken’s background in civic government and real estate has given him a unique blend of sound business judgment and a desire to serve others that has provided measurable results across Philadelphia.

WHAT: Jumpstart Germantown is a real estate redevelopment program founded in 2014 that provides mentorship and funding to aspiring real estate developers. The program provides tools and means for small developers to work in their own communities, catalyzing community revitalization from within.

TAKEAWAY: The Jumpstart Germantown model prioritizes the responsibility of developers to existing communities and, because of the program’s success, is now preparing to expand to Mount Airy and Kensington. Matt Grande, Chief Operating Officer atShift Capital, sees the program as an opportunity to “lift up the neighborhood and the people who live there, not push them out.”

Learn more about Jumpstart Germantown in this Philly.com feature by Alan J. Heavens

Contact Information

Fels Institute of Government
University of Pennsylvania
3814 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104

Phone: (215) 898-2600
Fax: (215) 746-2829

felsinstitute@sas.upenn.edu