The Intersect founder and CEO Akeem Dixon was introduced to the community development field in 2013 when he attended a community meeting held by Beech Community Services (BCS) in North Philadelphia. Just a few years later, BCS became The Intersect’s first client after Akeem spent several years learning the ropes as an employee at several other community development organizations in the city and as a member of Philadelphia’s Empowerment Zone Trust Board (for both North Central and American Street). Now The Intersect partners with BCS on multiple projects, including commercial corridor management.
In collaboration with BCS, The Intersect works to improve quality of life and entrepreneurial opportunities for residents and businesses along the 1400 to 2400 blocks of Cecil B. Moore Avenue near Temple University. Our partnership with BCS to help revitalize the corridor includes economic development activities in the form of access to capital, business and technical support, and blight and litter reduction. These activities are designed to assist small businesses with creating a clean, safe, attractive, and welcoming neighborhood for area residents, students, and visitors.