DEVELOPER AND CONSTRUCTION MANAGER INTERFACE
MBE/WBE/DBE IDENTIFICATION, QUALIFICATION AND CONTRACT
AWARDS FOR CONSTRUCTION AND SERVICE OPPORTUNITIES
MONITORING EMPLOYMENT OF COMMUNITY RESIDENTS AS TRADES
PEOPLE ON PROJECT SITES
TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE PROVIDED TO MBE/WBE/DBE FIRMS
CONSTRUCTION ORINTATION TRAINING PROGRAMS
Our vision is to partner with all segments of our community
to ensure that every person has the opportunity for educational
and economic success, and a secure and healthy life.
This vision comes from GPUAC’s rich history, one that
is connected to the city’s civil rights movement and
the desire to make a difference in Philadelphia’s
poorest communities. It is kept alive through the organization’s
strongly held core values:
We care deeply about what we do, and how we do it.
We believe in the potential of all individuals and in the
self-empowerment of grassroots groups.
We are committed to excellence in service delivery.
We hold ourselves accountable for our actions; our goal
is a consistent one: operational, fiscal and personal integrity.
We are innovative, entrepreneurial, and responsive to emerging
We strive to be cost effective and results oriented.
We believe in the ‘power of diversity’ –
and proudly put this into practice.
We believe that change comes about when all voices can be
Our mission at GPUAC is to bring together business and community
leaders to solve urban problems. It is carried out in three
1. As an intermediary, we build the capacity of grassroots
organizations to serve their own communities. This is accomplished
through the provision of financial management services,
loans and grants, technical assistance to a range of public
and private organizations, and leadership development.
2. Through the operation of effective programs, we impact
communities in greatest need throughout the Metropolitan
Philadelphia region. GPUAC manages more than 30 programs
and services, in the areas of workforce development, health
services, neighborhood and community services, economic
and business development, and education services.
3. As an agent for change, we build partnerships and launch
initiatives that ring about reform. This work is carried
out through Public Policy Committees on homelessness, workforce
development, community and economic development, and education
of children and youth.ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT PROJECTS UNIT
"Building People, Building Communities"
For 20 years, the Greater Philadelphia Urban Affairs Coalition’s
Economic Development Projects Unit (EDP) has worked in partnership
with project developers, owners, construction firms, and
universities (University of Pennsylvania and Temple University)
to help these clients award contracts to Minority, Women,
and Disabled Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (MBE/WBE/DBE),
and to successfully employ females and minorities.
EDP focuses on Economic Inclusion. EDP works with area universities
Design, implement, and monitor project specific non-discrimination
Prepare community residents for construction jobs
in their own neighborhoods, and throughout the region
Since 1983, EDP has worked with developers and construction
firms throughout the Philadelphia region. The result of
EDP’s partnerships is over $550 million in contracts
awarded to MBE/WBE/DBE, and $52 million in wages paid to
minority and female construction site employees.
EDP’s clients are repeat customers. We are frequently
asked to help the same developers with numerous projects.
Many of our clients have been working with us for more than
ten years. The University of Pennsylvania has been a client
for 18 years and Temple University for 20 years.