TEC Community Development Corporation
The Enterprise Center Community Development Corporation’s mission is to build vibrant neighborhoods where low income residents in the economically distressed section of the Walnut Hill neighborhood of West Philadelphia are willing, able, and organized to achieve their common goals. We achieve this mission through community programming and physical redevelopment projects in and around Walnut Hill.
- Dorrance H. Hamilton Center for Culinary Enterprises (CCE): The CCE helps local food entrepreneurs grow their businesses. TEC-CDC undertook a $6 million renovation of a formerly abandoned grocery store to create this innovative food business incubator. The state-of-the-art facility has four commercial kitchens and food storage space available to food entrepreneurs at affordable rental rates, as well as a demonstration kitchen available for events and community programming. Clients also have access to technical assistance through the TEC Acceleration Group. Learn more.
- West Philly Foods Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Program: West Philly Foods aggregates food from the Walnut Hill Community Farm and other local urban and rural farms to create a local food distribution network as part of TEC-CDC’s goal to develop a complete local food system in West Philadelphia. CSA subscribers purchase a “share” up front in the spring months and receive weekly allotments of produce throughout the growing season. Members also have access to “value-added” food products, such as jam and bread, made by Philadelphia-based food businesses. Using revenue from higher-income subscribers, West Philly Foods subsidizes shares to low-income subscribers. West Philly Foods is the only CSA in Philadelphia that targets low-income families. Learn more.
- Community Leaders: Community Leaders is a nine-month training program geared towards Walnut Hill residents. The program begins with two weeks of rigorous training that focuses on five community concepts: Effective Communication, Customer Service, Problem Solving, Community Awareness, and Service Leadership. The Community Leaders team goes door to door in the neighborhood to inform residents of neighborhood services and community initiatives and to solicit input from residents on the community’s developmental needs. The end result is a cohort of residents that are connected to their neighborhood and organized to make changes within their community. Learn more.