The Philadelphia Water Department's nationally acclaimed Green City, Clean Waters plan focuses on enhancing stormwater management capacity through green infrastructure improvements that capture and store rainfall before it enters the sewer system. PWD is working with a variety of organizations and agencies to advance the plan's innovative recommendations.
In this week's feature, World Class Infrastructure Strategy Team member and Mercator Advisors Principal David Seltzer discusses the need to find new ways to fund, finance, and deliver transportation infrastructure projects that will advance the emerging World Class agenda for regional mobility.
The 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act offered a one-time infusion of capital for transit agencies around the United States, including in Greater Philadelphia. SEPTA made effective use of $191 million in ARRA funds, advancing 33 capital improvement projects that had been long-deferred due to a lack of funding.
Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) is a focal point of travel for residents and visitors throughout Greater Philadelphia, but crowded runways have made delays frequent and limited expansion of international and domestic flights. To resolve this issue, PHL has worked in collaboration with federal, state, and local partners to develop the Capacity Enhancement Program (CEP), a $6.4 billion plan to construct a new runway, extend two existing runways, and expand terminal and cargo facility space.
While infrastructure may not be the conversation topic of choice at your average party, it’s hard to discount the role that modern transportation, water, and energy systems play in allowing us to go about our everyday lives. In this week's feature, Economy League Executive Director Steve Wray previews the emerging agenda for World Class infrastructure in Greater Philadelphia.
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.
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....
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.