On October 2, 2017, the United States Conference of Mayors and the Partner America Program bestowed Mayor James Kenney of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, the Small Business Advocate Award for his dedication to the small business community of his city.
Born in Philadelphia in 1958, Mayor Kenney grew up the oldest of four siblings. Having graduated from La Salle University with a degree in Political Science, Kenney went to join the Philadelphia City Council, serving as a Chairman of the Council Committee on Labor and Civil Service. For twenty-three years Kenney served as part of the Philadelphia City Council in addition to his roles as a consultant for Vitetta Architects and Engineers, serving on the board of the Independent Blue Cross, and an adjunct professor at the University of Philadelphia. Kenney, however, left those roles to fulfill a much bigger role in that of the 99th Mayor of Philadelphia; he was sworn in on January 4, 2016.
In recognition of Mayor James Kenney’s focus to building Philadelphia through small business, the Partner America Small Business Advocate award was presented to him on October 2, 2017, at Benjamin’s Desk Powelton Avenue, located at 30 North 41st Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104.