Moving from the Corrupt and Contented label to the Model for Ethics Reform

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In celebration of the first ever City of Philadelphia Integrity Week, the city's Chief Integrity Office is hosting an open panel discussion about how transparency and efficiency is moving forward, helped by an #opengov and tech movement. Philly is a media partner, welcoming the public to the conversation.

Panelists are Committee of Seventy Interim Director Ellen Kaplan, transparency attorney Stella Tsai, longtime Inquirer City Hall reporter Bob Warner and Philly cofounder Christopher Wink.

The discussion will be moderated by Philadelphia Chief Integrity Officer Hope Caldwell and attempt to explore the City’s progress toward achieving various ethics reforms, including campaign finance, contracting and lobbying, and where the City must go next in order to become a model for ethical and transparent government operations.

In other words, can Philadelphia get rid of the 1903 label from Lincoln Steffens as “the most corrupt and the most contented,” to become a standard-bearer for how to create effective and long-lasting ethics reform in municipal government?

This is a co-listed event between Philly and the City of Philadelphia's Integrity Office.