Total Impact Philadelphia 2019

by PIDCphila
May 30, 2019

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Total Impact is a multi-city series providing practical impact education and impact strategies to individuals who are interested in aligning their investments to their values and mission. On May 1-2, 2019, Total Impact Philadelphia convened investment advisors, and investors who want to gain actionable and executable information on impact investment across asset classes. In addition, in partnership with key Philadelphia stakeholders, the conference highlighted place-based community investing, Opportunity Zones, ESG integration, the changing face of venture capitalism, and the impact success stories of the greater Philadelphia area.

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The event, which is now in its second year, consisted of two days of content and connection opportunities for attendees. There were dozens of leading speakers, with hundreds of leaders and practitioners from the field, which included PIDC’s Vice President of Project Finance, Sarah Stroney and Chief Strategy and Communications Officer, Anne Nevins.

In a session titled “Opportunity Zones: City Strategies & Equitable Development,” Anne Nevins joined a panel of speakers to discuss how Opportunity Zones were designed to spur development in low-income communities. They shared thoughts on what makes sense strategically to optimize the value of this newly motivated capital. Attendees heard from two national thought leaders on the panel as well as the strategy and early experiences of Erie and Philadelphia. Panelists included Lisa Hall, a fellow-in-residence at Beeck Center for Social Impact & Innovation, Georgetown University; Matthew Wachter, vice president of finance & development at Erie Downtown Development Corporation; Evan Weiss, director of PEL Analytics; and Brian Murray, CEO of Shift Capital.

Sarah Stroney joined Gregory Heller, executive director of the Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority, in moderating the “Impact Developers Roundtable: Current Real Estate Investment Opportunities in Philadelphia” session. This Project Pitch Session featured five impact development projects slated to close in 2019 or early 2020 that are currently seeking debt or equity from impact investors. These commercial, residential, and mixed-use projects were impactful and neighborhood-shaping, with creative, outside-the-box approaches. The session is part of the Impact Development Roundtable–a quarterly convening of a diverse group of developers and investors focused on the intersection of real estate and social impact.

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