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UCD Executive Director: Paul Steinke

Paul R. Steinke, who has been director of finance, administration and business development for the Center City District, joined Penn last week as Executive Director of the new University City District (UCD). His appointment was announced by Penn Executive Vice President John Fry, who chairs the UCD Board of Directors.

Mr. Steinke will be responsible for planning and managing the operations and daily business of the UCD, including planning and coordinating UCD activities, including sanitation, security, marketing and redevelopment; identifying sources of new funding; and serving as liaison to City agencies and neighborhood groups.

"Paul has played an integral role in helping Center City to become one of the region's most attractive places," Mr. Fry said. "He brings to this new position a wealth of experience and know-how that will enable the University City District to become a model of a successful public/private partnership."

Mr. Steinke took his bachelor's degree in economics at Penn State and did graduate work in business administration at Drexel. He was an associate economist with the WEFA Group of Bala Cynwyd, until 1990 when he became director of planning and management for the Central Philadelphia Development Corporation.

In 1991 he joined the Center City District, where, as a founding member of the management team he participated in development of every aspect of the program-including managing a $21 million municipal bond issue for capital improvements; administering all financial operations; and overseeing the District's retail leasing and attraction program.

"I am excited by the opportunity to apply some of the tools we have used successfully in Center City to University City," Mr. Steinke said. "My hope is to make the University City District part of a broad-based effort to reinforce University City's status as part of the healthy and attractive urban heart of Philadelphia."

The UCD came into being in the summer of 1997 as a collaboration of major University City institutions, government agencies, businesses and community groups. Among the partners with Penn are Amtrak, Children's Seashore House, CHOP, Drexel, Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and Science, the U.S. Postal Service, the University City Community Council and its member organizations, the University City Science Center, Veterans Affairs Medical Center, West Philadelphia Partnership, and commercial and residential property owners. Its goal is to improve the quality of life for the area through a program of sidewalk and street cleaning, security and other services.

Return to:Almanac, University of Pennsylvania, October 7, 1997, Volume 44, Number 7