The East Falls Development Corporation is located in Philadelphia, PA and provides community information for East Falls businesses, residents, and visitors, including up-to-date information on East Falls business opportunities, real estate, recreational activities, and bars & restaurants. We have a strong local presence in the neighborhood and directly serve the people who live in the community and people seeking to open businesses or invest in properties in the business corridors. Our office is located in the Riverfront Business District at 4133 Ridge Avenue.
Mission: The East Falls Development Corporation is a non-profit entity dedicated to community-based economic development for the benefit of East Falls.
Chair of the Board
Principal, WIT Design
Adj. Professor, Sustainable Design
Vice Chair, Vault+Vine
Jim Williamson, Treasurer, Slices
G. Geoffrey Cromarty
Philadelphia University representative seat
Equus Partners Ltd.
East Falls Community Council Representative
Billy Murphy’s Irish Saloonery
Abbottsford Homes Tenant Council, Representative
President, Philadelphia Industrial Development Corporation
Senior Advisor for Community Relations, Temple University
Chair, School Reform Commission
Matthew McClure Esq.
Resources for Human Development (RHD) Representative Seat
Ina J. Thomas
Ridge Allegheny Hunting Park Representative Seat
Director of Property Operations
Asst. Project Manager
Office of Councilman Curtis Jones, Jr.
History of the East Falls Development Corporation
The EFDC was formed to promote the health, safety, and welfare of the residents, businesses, and institutions of the East Falls section of the City of Philadelphia, PA in 1995. It was an idea of the East Falls Business Association, which saw the need for an independent 501C3 and suggested its formation. Most of the EFBA Board served on the first EFDC Board.
Hal and Kitty Commons, Esq. filed the 501c3 not for profit and incorporation and Roberta Ginsburg, then President of the East Falls Business Association, was the Incorporator.
The EFDC’s first Board of Directors: Roberta Ginsburg, President; Julie Camburn, Vice President; Gregory Welsh, Secretary; Alice Reiff, Treasurer, and John Spino, Reverend Doctor Maurice Coombs, Andrea Gilbert, Melvin Johnakin, Cleirach Partin, Dr. Sidney Solofsky, Wydee Chase, John David Franklin, Reverend Tracy Gunderson-Simmons, George Magnatta, William Pride, Chris Schmandt, Scott Dalinka, Hilary Langer, Kathy Petrone, and Margaret Sadler.
Initial funds came from Philadelphia Electric Company, The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania through State Representative Rosita C. Youngblood, The Medical College of Pennsylvania and the City of Philadelphia through then Councilman Michael A. Nutter. The first undertaking of the EFDC was to conduct a market and parking study for East Falls’ primary business node, the Ridge Ave. Riverfront Business District.