Funding for a critical position at the Frankford CDC has been lost due to economic conditions and as a result Tracy O’Drain, Managing Director, has left the organization. In addition, Marie Delaney, President of the CDC has left to pursue other interests and Michelle Feldman, Commercial Corridor Manager, has left to run Keep Philadelphia Beautiful an affiliate of Keep America Beautiful. The board has not yet met to determine a course of action for the future.
Tracy O’Drain managed the CDC during a period when it was on the verge of bankruptcy and returned the organization to stability. She worked for the CDC for 9 years, serving as the Business Corridor Manager prior to taking over as Managing Director.
Michelle Feldman, came in as the Commercial Corridor Manager early in 2011 and was instrumental in bringing several new businesses to Frankford. She served as Secretary of the Frankford Business and Professional Association and was well known and appreciated by the business community.
Marie Delaney leaves with these words:
It has been a pleasure and an honor, to serve as the president of the Frankford CDC, Board of Directors since 2006. Moving into my new endeavors, I wish for the Frankford CDC to continue growing and prospering under the new Frankford CDC Board leadership and staff. I would like to thank all those who have made the Frankford CDC the best in the city. I will always be grateful being a part of this dynamic CDC.
If you have never visited Philly Love Notes, you might want to stop by and read one by Michelle Feldman, Commercial Corridor Manager for the Frankford CDC.
During my time at the Frankford CDC, I’ve gotten to see a side of Philly that I was not plugged in to before: talented small business owners doing really interesting and good work, young people like me who care about our City and how to make it better, and a community full of wonderful people who accepted me with open arms… immediately.
I know a lot of folks have preconceived notions about Frankford, but I’ve gotten to witness the amazing stuff going on here, just like in every other “forgotten” neighborhood in the City.
You can read the full piece at this link.
This is the fifth segment of the interview we did back in November with Tracy O’Drain and Michelle Feldman of the Frankford CDC. What brought Michelle to Frankford.
This is the fourth segment of the interview we did back in November with Tracy O’Drain and Michelle Feldman of the Frankford CDC. What does Tracy do and why do it in Frankford.