Known as the City of Brotherly Love, Philadelphia is the fifth largest city in the nation, with a population of more than 1.5 million. The city, which covers 135 square miles, operates through some 50 departments, boards, offices, and other units that include emergency medical services, sanitation services, and street maintenance. Founded in 1682 by William Penn, Philadelphia has a mayor, 10 districts and 17 council members. The city, which hosts millions of tourists each year, is home to the Phillies, the Eagles, the Flyers, the 76ers, Bryn Mawr College, the Liberty Bell, and the National Constitution Center. The City of Philadelphia has an annual budget of about $3.5 billion.
The city's planned initiatives to improve economic growth include Greenworks Philadelphia, tasked with the goal of making Philadelphia the greenest city in the US by 2015; Healthy Philadelphia, a plan to reduce obesity by increasing the availability of more healthful foods; PhillyGoes2College, which encourages residents to attend college by helping them obtain scholarships and providing other services; Investments in Technology, a project to deploy more high technology that saves money; and Jobs and Workforce Development, which includes a partnership that provides summer jobs for young people. – less