Pre-k is a hot topic right now. As the evidence piles up that high-quality pre-k is a wise investment with a lasting impact, there is a growing chorus of support on the issue, both locally and nationally. The upcoming gubernatorial and state legislative elections provide a unique opportunity to increase access now, which is where the Pre-K for PA campaign comes in.
Given the circumstances just a week prior, the fact that on Monday, November 25th, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett signed into law a $2.4 billion funding package for transportation across the Commonwealth was nothing short of remarkable. Nick Frontino takes a look at the circumstances that led to the passage of this landmark legislation.
Earlier this month, three local efforts to improve college access and degree completion were honored as part of Talent Greater Philly's first-annual "Regional Challenges" competition. As Laura Johnson explains, the honorees were selected from an impressive pool of programs making a difference across Greater Philadelphia.
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.