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Mayor Kenney at a Techically event says he's excited about NextFab makerspace

On Monday, May 2nd Mayor Jim Kenney attended a panel of tech community leaders to discuss how the City of Philadelphia plans to foster the growth of the local tech industry.

“You know which tech company I’m excited about?” said Mayor Kenney, “NextFab.”

Many attendees of the Mayoral Tech Town Hall event, including reporters from Technical.ly and WHYY, participated in the conversation happening on social media by tweeting about and sharing the Mayor’s shout-out to NextFab.

Previously in March, the Mayor visited us at Washington Ave for a tour with the Director of The Philadelphia Department of Commerce, Harold Epps, and other city officials. During his visit, Mayor Kenney was intrigued with the “awesome, high-tech” things happening at NextFab. Clearly, our space made enough of an impression for him to remember us a few months later.


He was especially impressed with our Incubator companies after spending time talking to them about their projects. According to NextFab’s founder, Evan Malone, “The Mayor and Director Epps were both very impressed by Jon Knauer of ConnectDER, Ankur Aggarwal of TowerView, Kurt Swanson of Likuma, and Tom Panzarella of Love Park Robotics.”


We are very excited to have the support of Mayor Kenney in our common initiatives to enhance Philadelphia as an innovation hub and benefit more of the local neighborhoods.

“We are honored that Mayor Kenney made time to visit us in March, and his recognition of the impact of our community and our services is much appreciated,” said president, Evan Malone. “We are not resting, however, and this year our MakerCart product is helping Philadelphia Parks and Recreation provide makerspace capabilities to city rec centers, and our Projects with Purpose initiative is helping our members put their skills to work to earn money, to build a better city, even to solve humanitarian challenges on a global scale. With the continuing support of the Mayor, the city government, and great partners in the region, we can provide these opportunities to innovators in every neighborhood across Philadelphia.”

We love connecting with the greater community so if you’d like to visit NextFab, stop on by for your own personal tour. Just like the Mayor, you’ll have the chance to walk through the space and meet staff and members.

We have regularly-scheduled tours in both locations. everyday from 2-6pm. Tours begin every half hour.