Who We Are
Rich in History
The Greater Northeast Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce (GNPCC) has been in existence since 1922. It was formed as a private business organization dedicated to the success of the burgeoning Northeast Philadelphia community and the free enterprise system. In early 1922 a group of area business leaders met at the venerable Frankford Trust Company to discuss forming a business support organization.
According to Manor College teacher Matthew Smalarz, in the early twentieth century, “Philadelphia’s elected officials embraced the City Beautiful Movement intending to improve the city’s infrastructure and attract affluent suburbanites to downtown Philadelphia.”
One of these projects, Northeast Boulevard, later renamed Roosevelt Boulevard, opened in 1914 to much fanfare, as builders and private developers soon capitalized on the city’s investment in the roadway to construct single- and twin-family dwellings along its expansive corridor, especially in the Northwood section of Frankford.
“As the Roaring Twenties progressed, commercial development also coincided with a residential expansion in the lower Northeast. Local booster organizations, especially the establishment of the Northeast Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce, and Sears-Roebuck’s new merchandising facility, which opened in 1919, symbolized the Northeast’s flourishing commercial identity,” writes Smalarz, author of a study of people and public spaces in Northeast Philadelphia after World War II.
On March 28, 1922, Charles J. McGough, president; H.F. Schlater, vice president; and Alvin A. Swenson, treasurer, signed the Charter formally establishing the Greater Northeast Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce. So goes the story. The organization’s creation was sealed on the links at the present-day Union League Golf Club at Torresdale.
The GNPCC is here to help and support the business community of Greater Northeast Philadelphia and, in particular, its membership. It helps solve everyday problems that businesses encounter. Through contacts and with other businesses and the government, we strive to give our neighborhoods the support to remain strong into the future.
At present, the GNPCC has 16 members on its Board of Directors representing a wide cross-section of businesses and non-profits. Please take a moment to visit our Board of Directors page to view our leadership.