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Why Center City?

A bustling downtown at the heart of the nation's fifth biggest region, Center City Philadelphia is a hub for office-based and retail business, dining, arts and culture, entertainment, health care, education, hospitality and tourism. The downtown is a compact, walkable and amenity-rich environment, a vital and productive place to conduct business.

Center City lies at the center of the region's extensive public transit and highway systems and is uniquely positioned to capitalize on its proximity to institutions of higher learning and its location at the center of the region's highly skilled labor market.

Center City Philadelphia also has the nation's second-largest downtown population. Center City residents are generally more highly educated than those living elsewhere in the region.

For an overview of the Center City market-"At a Glance," from State of Center City 2016 [PDF 640 KB] »

For an overview of all aspects of Center City-Download or read the full State of Center City 2016 report »

Business Resources

The City of Philadelphia is committed to encouraging business and real estate development in Center City. Learn more about incentives and organizations that can help you build your business in Center City Philadelphia. Visit the City of Philadelphia Department of Commerce »

The Center City District (CCD) makes sure that downtown opens clean and ready for business every day. Mechanical sidewalk sweepers are deployed every morning and CCD's uniformed cleaners manually sweep all sidewalks at least three times throughout the day. Learn More »

The CCD also helps promote a safe downtown through its unique partnership with the Philadelphia Police Department, its uniformed community service representatives, who patrol downtown streets, and its extensive crime prevention services, which are directly available to downtown businesses. Learn More »

Through its marketing, communications and special events, CCD continually reinforces Center City as a primary destination for dining, culture, entertainment and shopping, as a competitive business location and as a premier place to live. Learn More »

The Central Philadelphia Development Corporation (CPDC) is an invaluable resource for downtown businesspeople. Through its networking events, information sessions, behind-the-scenes tours and publications, CPDC keeps downtown businesses informed and "in the loop" about the important developments that affect them. Learn More »

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