our Mission & Vision
The Fairmount CDC’s mission is to foster the improvement of the residential, commercial, and social fabric of the Fairmount neighborhood, while preserving its character and diversity. Our service area is bounded by two commercial corridors (Girard & Fairmount Avenues), Fairmount Park, and the Eastern State Penitentiary (Corinthian Avenue).
The organization was formed in 1999 by a group of civic-minded Fairmount neighbors who sought to take advantage of the neighborhood improvement opportunities by creating a non-profit community development corporation. The organization was awarded non-profit status in 2001 and completed a resident-driven neighborhood plan in 2003. Although Fairmount CDC has remained a small organization, the diversity of the programming and recent accomplishments speak volumes about the capacity and willingness of the Fairmount CDC to get the job done.
While the work of the Fairmount CDC is broad in scope, each project falls into one of four major target areas designed to accomplish our mission which include:
our Vision for the future
Fairmount Community Development Corporation is a 501(c)3 non-profit located in Philadelphia's Art Museum District. For the next 5 years, our organization will focus on establishing Fairmount as the premier Philadelphia neighborhood for families, food and fun. We provide business development services to new and established merchants, and culturally diverse social events for the community. As a member of the community, we invite you to be apart of our journey to support the growth of Fairmount.
Fostering a Vibrant Local Economy
Guided by the belief that a strong local economy is the backbone of a strong neighborhood, Fairmount CDC, through the administration of the Greater Art Museum Business Alliance, provides collective branding and identity opportunities for local businesses as well as regular professional development opportunities. FCDC also connects businesses with incentives and programs to improve facades, access low or no interest capital, and receive other forms of technical assistance.
Enhancing & Beautifying the Physical Environment
A well designed, beautiful place can help deter crime, increase property values and encourage healthy lifestyles. Fairmount CDC works to make Fairmount Avenue, West Girard Avenue and the areas in between a safe and inviting place to stroll, shop and explore. From large scale streetscape enhancements to daily street cleaning services, FCDC strives to strengthen our neighborhood as a great place to live, visit and do business.
Engaging Residents to build community & improve quality of life
Having a strong neighborhood requires strong citizen participation and engagement. We work with residents and small business owners to plan annual events that highlight our neighborhood’s amenities, stregnthen our neighborhood's identiy, and builds community.
Developing Research and Plans to Preparefor the Future
Urban places are constantly evolving, and to ensure ours remains a healthy and vibrant place, FCDC conducts regular research to understand the types of businesses that can help stabilize our commercial areas and leads planning processes to understand the needs and growth opportunities throughout our neighborhood.