Sustained state investments and significant regional assets have contributed to recent export gains for Greater Philadelphia. Recognizing the opportunity to take the region’s export outcomes to the next level, the Economy League and the World Trade Center of Greater Philadelphia are preparing to launch a collaborative regional export analysis and strategy initiative that will provide an in-depth, data-driven assessment of regional export growth opportunities and convene cross-sector stakeholders to develop a shared strategy to achieve specified metro export goals.
The 2013 passage of major transportation funding legislation in Pennsylvania marked a watershed moment for infrastructure in the Commonwealth. The tireless efforts of a broad statewide coalition of transportation experts and advocates, including many organizations and individuals involved in the World Class initiative, were critical to the creation of the state’s Act 89. The Act provides unprecedented levels of dedicated funding for deteriorating transit systems, roads and bridges.
In partnership with the Delaware Valley Association for the Education of Young Children and the Public Health Management Corporation, United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey and the Economy League received a highly competitive $200,000 grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, along with additional support from the William Penn and PNC Bank Foundations, to implement a two-year campaign to standardize kindergarten readiness assessments in Pennsylvania.
In January 2014, the Economy League joined with statewide partners to launch the Pre-K for PA campaign. The campaign's goal is to ensure that all Pennsylvania children are ready to succeed by ensuring that every 3- and 4-year-old in the Commonwealth has access to high-quality pre-kindergarten.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.