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The Northeast Philly Idol Competition

The Frankford Community Development Corporation (FCDC) is hosting The Northeast Philly Idol Competition for all individuals ages 12-21 during 2009. Auditions will take place May 12 & 13 at the Frankford Boys & Girls Club 1709 Kinsey Street. Applications must be received no later than May 1. The Idol Winner will receive a $500 cash prize. All finalists will receive a small cash prize and t-shirt. The competition will take place Saturday, June 20 in Overington Park at the 10th Annual Frankford Festival.
Contact FCDC for more information or for an application click here.

Frankford Community Development Corporation
4900 Griscom Street
Philadelphia, PA 19124

Phone: (215) 743-6580
Fax: (215) 743-6582

There is also a t-shirt decorating contest for children 12 & under. Cash prize will be awarded and design will be printed on all t-shirts given out at the festival.

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Phillies Phever Decorating Contest

frankford-ave-at-salvation-armyFrankford Main Street, a division of the Frankford Community Development Corporation, is hosting a Phillies Phever Decorating Contest for all Main Street Businesses (4200-5200 blocks of Frankford Avenue) and all members of the Frankford Business and Professional Association. The contest is in celebration of the 2008 World Series Champions Home Opener on April 5, 2009 and all window displays must be completed by then. The business with the display that best demonstrates pride in the Philadelphia Phillies will receive a free full-size newspaper advertisement, and free Internet newspaper article as well as other promotional opportunities.

Frankford Main Street uses a five point approach to revitalize the commercial corridor which is defined as the 4200-5200 blocks of Frankford Avenue.The five point approach consists of: sustainable organization, physical improvements, community marketing, safe, clean and green, and economic restructuring. Frankford Main Street also offers Façade Improvement Grants to businesses within this district looking to revitalize their storefront.

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Frankford CDC Board Meeting

The Frankford CDC held a public board of directors meeting Tuesday night at Frankford High School.  Visitors attending the meeting were met at the door by the members of the Frankford High Junior ROTC and directed to the 2nd floor library.

The CDC is emerging from a period of rebuilding from financial setbacks that threatened its existence.  At this point the financial issues are being dealt with and the board is looking toward a brighter future.


You can find much more information on their website than I can pass on here.  I met with Tracy O’Drain Monday morning to talk about the CDC and where it stands today.  We chatted for about 90 minutes on the second floor of that building at 4900 Griscom Street.  She has a great view up there.  Tracy has her hands in a lot of different pots but is primarily responsible for business development.  You can expect to here more news from the CDC on a more regular basis.

New to add to your calendar is the date for the Frankford Festival which will be June 20th.  The location is now moving back to Overington Park.  More news will be forthcoming but think talent contest.

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Marie Delany and the Frankford CDC

From Jon Campisi and the Northeast Times:

Marie Delany is clearly impassioned about her volunteerism.  It shows when she speaks about the Frankford Community Development Corporation, which she has led since 2005. Delany serves as president of the eight-member board of directors for the CDC, an organization that aims to usher in economic vitality to the lower Northeast neighborhood.

Read the entire story here.