By Pat Loeb

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — The city of Philadelphia will actively recruit new businesses, from overseas and from the nearby suburbs, under a development agenda laid out by Mayor Jim Kenney at his first address to the Chamber of Commerce.

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The mayor revealed several initiatives underway, including the creation of the job of Director of International Investment. Also, the creation of a small business advisory board, a Talent Development Unit in the Commerce Department, and a new website business.phila.gov, and coaching programs to help local businesses. It’s part of what he called a “new tone” between business and city government.

“For too long this address was essentially seen as the mayor’s to-do list for the business community. But if Philadelphia is to succeed, the relationship between government and business cannot be based on a list of demands, it has to be a true partnership,” said Kenney.

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The address got high marks from the chamber’s president, Rob Wonderling.

“I think the mayor hit all the right notes and it’s a great to start to what will be a very busy and productive spring,” said Wonderling.

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