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.
Kathleen Hogan, Executive Director
East Falls Development Corporation
4133 Ridge Ave., #1 (First Floor)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19129
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
Director, Institute for Survey Research
Kevin Duffy, CPA
President, FX Duffy & Company
Principal, WIT Design
Resources for Human Development (RHD)
Chair, Policy and Procedures
Chair, Design Committee
EF Community Council
Chief Operating Officer & Vice President for Administration
Abbotsford Homes Tenant Council, Rep. Seat
Director of Property Operations
How Property Management
Vice President, Retail Experience & Operations
Financial Advisor, Edward Jones
Senior Advisor for Community Relations
General Manager, Trolley Car Café
Vice President for City Relations at S.R.Wojdak & Associates
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.