To learn more about  Philadelphia trends, demographics and business resources, contact:
Lauren Smith
Manager of Economic Development


PIDC Programs

  • Business Loans
    PIDC has an array of financing products available for qualifying businesses and non-profits looking to expand in Philadelphia. To learn more, click here
  • Project Development Finance
    For developers and others seeking funding to start or finish a project in Philadelphia, PIDC provides a range of adaptable financing solutions. To learn more, click here.
  • Tax Advantaged Financing
    PIDC can structure a variety of tax-advantaged financing to fund development projects. To learn more, click here.
  • Grants Administration
    PIDC administers several Federal, State, and City grant programs. To learn more about the application and administration process of these grants, click here.

State Programs

  • Pennsylvania Department of Community & Economic Development
    The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania offers a variety of financing, grants and incentives for businesses starting-up or relocating to Pennsylvania. To search through the various programs available, click here.
  • Benjamin Franklin Technology Partners of Southeastern Pennsylvania
    This organization provides access to capital, knowledge and networks that foster innovation, growth and success for both early-stage and established companies in Southeastern Pennsylvania. To learn more, click here.

Federal Programs

  • Small Business Administration (SBA) Loans
    The federal government offers a number of loans for small businesses through the SBA or private-sector lenders. To learn more, click here.

Alternative Programs and Microlending


  • Jump Start Philly
    This City of Philadelphia initiative exempts qualifying new businesses from paying the Business Income and Receipts Tax (BIRT) during the first two years of operation. To learn more, click here.
  • Job Creation Tax Credits
    These incentives are available at the City level.
  • Keystone Innovation Zones (KIZs)
    This initiative from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania offers salable tax credits to qualifying companies in targeted life science and technology sectors within special geographic districts. A large area of Center City is included within the University City KIZ. To learn more and see a map of the geographic boundaries, click here.
  • Workforce Development Grants
    Philadelphia Works invests federal funds to provide on-the-job classroom training for the prospective employees of qualifying companies. To learn more, click here.


Center City Commercial Office Brokers

Brandywine Realty Trust
Matt Croce, Vice President, Leasing   
O: 1+ (215) 656-4463       
C: 1+ (610) 761-0200    
Specialty: Office, Life Science/Lab, Mixed-Use 

Brickstone Companies 
Mark Merlini, Partner  

O: 1+ (215) 972-1550    
C: 1+ (215) 837-0894        
Specialty: Office, Retail and Multi Family, Leasing and Development

CBRE, Inc 
Les Haggett, Senior Vice President    
O: 1+ (215) 561-8361    
C: 1+ (215) 756-6603    
Specialty: Advisory and Transaction Services

Colliers International
Doug Sayer, President & CEO    
O: 1+ (215) 925-1040        
C: +1 (215) 928 7515
Specialty: Office

Cushman & Wakefield of Pennsylvania, Inc.    
Mike McCurdy, Managing Principal    
O: 1+ (215) 963-4042        
Specialty: Office

Tom Weitzel, Managing Director 
O: 1+ (215) 399-1840    
C: 1+ (267) 505-5755    
Specialty: Central Business District Office 

Keystone Property Group 
Jake Fruncillo, Leasing Director 
O: 1+ (610) 382-5233        
Specialty: Commercial, Residential and Retail Spaces

Jack Soloff Jr., Senior Managing Director  

O: 1+ (215) 246-2764
C: 1+ (215) 805-7545        
Specialty: Office

Nightingale Properties
Elie Schwartz, CEO
O: 1+ (212) 742-2800
Specialty: Office and Retail

PMC Property Group
Eric Shelmire, Vice President
O: (215) 987-6018
Specialty: Capital Markets, Acquisitions, and Development

Gregory Soffian, Vice Chair, Branch Manager    

O: 1+ (215) 563-4000          
Specialty: Tenant Representation

SSH Real Estate    
Pete Soens, Founding Partner    

O: 1+ (215) 825-1510        
Specialty: Office

Stockton Real Estate Advisors    
Jim Paterno, Founder    

O: 1+ (215) 636-4440    
C: 1+ (215) 840-1930    
Specialty: Direct Investment and Landlord and Tenant Advisory