Giving More Kids Access to High-Quality Early Education

Persistent disparities in educational achievement represent a major obstacle to growth and opportunity in Greater Philadelphia. This achievement gap starts long before children enter kindergarten.  

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Driving Technology Transfer in Greater Philadelphia

In today’s innovation economy, regions that are able to translate research discoveries into viable products and services are poised to capture significant growth. With Greater Philadelphia’s world class academic and medical research institutions, converting promising ideas and technologies to the marketplace – a process known as technology transfer – is a crucial pathway for growing jobs and wealth in our region.

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Enhancing Greater Philadelphia's Global Reach

As more businesses require access to routes of international trade and travel, convenient and reliable connections to established and emerging markets will greatly influence Greater Philadelphia’s economic competitiveness. The quality of our region’s international connections depends in no small part on the performance of Philadelphia International Airport (PHL).
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Tracking Progress for Smarter Investments

Economy League Executive Director Steve Wray offers an exclusive preview of the 2014 World Class Index, a new tool to help leaders track progress around a shared agenda for growth and opportunity.

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High-Quality Pre-K: A Wise Investment

Contributing writer John Miller explores why both local and national business leaders are advocating for increased investment in high-quality early learning programs. This article is the second in a two-part series following the World Class Council Forum focused on early childhood education.

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States Lead on Early Childhood Education

At last month's World Class Council forum, leaders from Alabama and Denver shared lessons about how they've increased access to high-quality pre-k. We asked contributing writer John Miller to take a closer look at how they are achieving success -- and how Pennsylvania's efforts stack up.

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5 Questions for Stacy Holland, Chief of Strategic Partnerships for the Philadelphia School District

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Stacy Holland gained national recognition for her role in taking the Philadelphia Youth Network to scale. Last fall, she joined the Philadelphia School District to lead its Office of Strategic Partnerships. Stacy talked with us about her goals, hurdles to success, and how regional leaders can get involved.

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Learning from Boston Strong for a Better Philadelphia

Economy League Executive Director Steve Wray shares why he's looking forward to this fall's Greater Philadelphia Leadership Exchange learning visit to Boston.

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The Maturation of PHL's Tech Startup Scene: Part II

In this post, the second in a two-part series focused on the region’s evolving tech startup scene, Josh Sevin examines the roles that support organizations, universities and new media outlets are playing in boosting entrepreneurship.

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The Maturation of PHL’s Tech Startup Scene: Part I

In anticipation of Philly Tech Week next month, Josh Sevin provides an in-depth look at the region’s evolving tech startup scene. This post, the first in a two-part series, examines how a growing and networked community of entrepreneurs is paving the way for startup success in the region.  

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What Makes the Philadelphia School District’s New Action Plan World Class

Last month, the Philadelphia School District released its updated Action Plan (v2.0). Laura Johnson highlights progress toward the plan's four anchor goals and examines their alignment with the World Class K-12 agenda. 

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What Will New Funding Mean for SEPTA?

With new state funding in place, SEPTA has moved past a major fiscal crisis. Nick Frontino summarizes the agency's immediate plans for deploying the new resources and highlights key challenges that lie ahead for the region's largest transit operator. 

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Where We Are, Where We're Going: Pre-K in PA

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.

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Pre-K for PA Campaign Launch

The Economy League joined a cross-sector group of regional leaders today to launch a statewide Pre-K for PA campaign designed to address these barriers and ultimately achieve our World Class early learning goal -- that all of the region’s children are prepared to start school.

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The Road to Funding

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.

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Celebrating Postsecondary Success

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.

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Innovation Center Investments Adding Up in University City

Is the dream of University City becoming an elite urban innovation center on a par with Cambridge on the verge of becoming a reality?  Josh Sevin examines how recent developments are propelling forward a vision for University City as a startup hub.

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Global Connections Take Flight at PHL International Airport

At Philadelphia International Airport, improvements and sustained partnerships are elevating PHL’s standing as a world class facility and as the gateway to a world class region.

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Spreading the Wealth to Every Corner of University City

In West Philadelphia, recent investments in major public facilities and health care centers, renovation of the 46th Street Market-Frankford El stop, and support of local entrepreneurs is helping the Walnut Hill neighborhood catch up with the rest of University City.

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Fixing the Fundamentals in Chester

In Chester, committed anchor institutions, waterfront redevelopment, and collaborative efforts across federal agencies are helping to address basic needs and rebuild this city. 

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