Economic brain trust briefs Council, just 3 of 17 members show

The Nutter administration isn't just trying to educate the public - via four upcoming community budget workshops - about Philadelphia's financial problems.

It is also trying to share input and insight with City Council.

A few weeks after meeting with some of the region's top economic minds, the administration yesterday scheduled a roundtable discussion of sorts and invited Council members to participate.

Among the economic experts at the table were Timothy Schiller of the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia; Joel Naroff, chief economist for TD Bank; Jeremy Nowak of the Reinvestment Fund; Daniel Fitzpatrick, president of Citizens Bank for Easter Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware; Bill Hankowsky, president and CEO of Liberty Property Trust; and Jerry Sweeney, president and CEO of Brandywine Realty Trust.

Hardly a dim-witted bunch.

So who was there to hear them? Just three Council members - out of 17, according to one person who was in the room. Those three members were Council President Anna Verna, Councilman Frank DiCicco and Councilwoman Donna Reed Miller.

To be fair, about half a dozen other Council members sent staff on their behalfs.

Still, makes one wonder what else was keeping so many Council members busy.

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