The back story to the origin of Ship Philly First is this: Successful businesspeople – like the founders of this non-profit, membership organization – know everything costs. There is no free lunch.
Publicly-funded port authorities along the Delaware River are charged with promoting our first-rate location and facilities worldwide. Problem is their marketing budgets in this competitive environment are no longer sufficient. The private sector must step up to the plate.
Three years ago a small group of like-minded business leaders who depend on the maritime industry along the river created Ship Philly First, a 501(c)(3) membership organization. Since then 100 percent of its membership dues have been spent marketing the ports and its hinterlands as a vital economic engine and supply chain hub.
The re-opening of the Panama Canal in 2016 and the completion of the deepening of the 102-mile Delaware River channel to 45 feet in 2017 is adding momentum to our cause.
The voice of Ship Philly First is being heard throughout the globe as a result of the generosity and expertise of our members. Marketing, or business development, is not free. Help us keep and enhance the Delaware’s long-standing reputation as an international gateway to the USA.
Don’t be a spectator on the docks. Jump aboard.