Philadelphia, July 20, 2011 – Mayor Michael A. Nutter signed an executive order creating the Mayor’s Task Force on City-owned Facilities. The Taskforce will be chaired by Tom Knox, businessman and former Deputy Mayor for Management and Productivity in the Rendell Administration. The Task Force will review the City’s owned and leased facilities and will make recommendations to the Administration to ensure the City obtains the best financial terms for housing City operations. The Task Force will report to Deputy Mayor for Administration and Coordinator Richard Negrin.
“In City government, we are constantly re-evaluating how we do business to become more efficient, more transparent and more responsive,” said Mayor Nutter. “The Task Force will evaluate where the business of the City takes place, and how we can improve it. I would like to thank Tom Knox for agreeing to chair the Task Force, and helping the City in our ongoing effort to improve performance.”
Tom Knox added, “I would like to thank Mayor Nutter for appointing me as chair of this Task Force, and I look forward to taking an unprecedented look into city-owned facilities and their maintenance.”
Within two years of signing the executive order, the Task Force will issue a final report containing its recommendations and proposed policies on city leases, potential real estate opportunities, maintenance strategies and on facilities that may be sold, closed or merged. Additionally, public meetings will be held over the next two years to engage the public in its work and on making its final recommendations.
The Task Force will consist of a total of 13 members who will be appointed by and will serve at the pleasure of the Mayor. There will be two representatives from each of the following groups: academia, the bar association, the Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA), the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce, City Council and commercial real estate brokers. Membership to the Task Force is uncompensated.