The The Tacony Community Development Corporation is the neighborhood’s primary driver of change. TCDC was founded in 2000 by an all-volunteer group focused on preserving the neighborhood’s historic housing stock. In 2011, the organization transitioned its priorities to promoting and revitalizing Torresdale Avenue, the neighborhood’s historic commercial corridor.
The mission of the TCDC is to manage and promote the continued improvement of the commercial district in Tacony and the surrounding area. The TCDC strives to maintain the historic nature of the commercial corridor, while encouraging the development of a vibrant shopping and dining district for residents. The TCDC is the recipient of many awards, including the 2022 Young Friends of the Preservation Alliance award. Over the past ten years, the TCDC has completed 40 storefront improvement projects, placed architectural exterior lighting on eight businesses, installed more the 150 security cameras, placed 40 new banners along the corridor, planted 52 new trees, and completed other blight remediation activities. More than 100 new jobs have been created along the corridor. The TCDC continues to work with partners to eliminate blight in the district using Pennsylvania’s Abandoned and Blighted Property Conservatorship Act (Act 135).
The The Tacony Community Development Corporation’s Executive Director leads the vision and finances of the non-profit organization and manages the organization’s staff. The Executive Director reports to the TCDC’s Board of Trustees. The Executive Director encourages investment and small business growth along Torresdale Avenue using the Main Street Approach to promote neighborhood economic development and revitalization. A primary focus of the Executive Director position will be the implementation of creative strategies aimed at recruiting new businesses to the Avenue.
The Executive Director is imaginative, passionate about community development, and promotes excellence in neighborhood revitalization through historic preservation.
The Executive Director will be supported by a full-time Corridor Manager, to be hired, who will report directly to the Executive Director. The TCDC has a long history of hiring consultants on an as needed basis. This may include, but is not limited to, a comptroller, events planner, historic preservation consultant, strategic planning consultant, and marketing consultant.