White House goes green in Philly

Full video coverage of panel presentations below

Vice President Joe Biden brought his first symposium designed to strengthen and grow the middle class in America to Philadelphia Friday – specifically to the University of Pennsylvania’s ponderously magnificent Irvine Auditorium. An invitation-only crowd of about 500 Philadelphia shakers and movers pretty much stayed engaged through the three-hour event.

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In this Horace Trumbauer shout-out to cathedral ceilings, Biden’s entourage of cabinet members and elected officials from Pennsylvania and Philadelphia, made it clear the Obama Administration is in lockstep with Keystoners Gov. Ed Rendell and Mayor Michael Nutter when it comes to the role that green jobs and a green economy can play in leading this country and its challenged urban spaces out of the current endemic economic morass.

PlanPhilly videotaped Biden’s introductory remarks as well as panel discussions (don’t miss Van Jones’ riveting delivery) concerning creating green jobs and relying on a green infrastructure. The Middle Class Task force will hold monthly gathering akin to the Philadelphia get together. Check out AStrongMiddleClass.gov                                

Oh, yes, Philadelphia city councilman Bill Green, the only member of that body to attend all four City Budget forums earlier this month, was spotted by PlanPhilly. Jim Kenney, Blondell Reynolds Brown and Jannie Blackwell were also spotted in Irvine by PP. 

Posted by Matt Golas

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