How to sum up the Philly Tech Week that concluded this past Sunday?
Not an easy thing to do given that this 10-day celebration of technology and innovation in Philadelphia took a quantum leap in its third year. The 100+ plus events that took place across the city and region from April 19-28 ranged from thought-provoking to problem-solving to downright whimsical.
Less than a month after releasing the Global Positioning Strategy for World Class Education and Talent Development, I found myself back at WHYY among a group of national leaders working to make progress on one of the GPS’s top goals: significantly increasing postsecondary credential attainment.
Last week, at our annual World Class Summit, more than 300 regional leaders came together to learn about the new Global Positioning Strategies (GPSes) focused on improving education and talent development outcomes and boosting business growth in Greater Philadelphia. The auditorium at WHYY was standing room only, and the collective energy of our region’s civic leaders was palpable and inspiring.
When it comes to growing a region’s entrepreneurial ecosystem, the basic formula for success is the same – a healthy population of smart and ambitious people, technical and professional resources to support them while they develop ideas, and capital to help turn those ideas into viable enterprises. It’s how regions fare on these three key elements that differs.
If you feel like you’re seeing the familiar three-letter airport tag PHL pop up in more and more places … it’s not a mistake. It’s in the Philadelphia Convention and Visitor’s Bureau’s new acronym: PHLCVB. It’s part of the City’s new StartupPHL initiative, the Philadelphia Industrial Development Corporation’s Shop PHL campaign, and the Mayor’s Office of Arts and Culture’s Creative PHL brand.
As the saying goes, you can’t improve what you can’t measure. And that poses a big challenge for improving early childhood education in our region – one that a coalition of regional leaders is looking to remedy. “Early childhood education means making sure kids enter school ready to learn,” said Jill Michal, head of United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey....
A standing-room crowd of more than 300 regional leaders was on hand at WHYY for this year’s World Class Summit. They came to learn what’s in the new World Class Global Positioning Strategies (GPSes) for education & talent development and for business growth and to hear about early collaborations and campaigns aligned with the emerging World Class agenda.