Exchange to Change: Change Starts at Home

In the third installment of the Economy League’s Exchange to Change series, Allison Kelsey examines fresh ideas and mindsets that Leadership Exchange participants have ended up applying within their own organizations.

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A World Class Future Means Growth and Opportunity

Economy League Executive Director Steve Wray offers an exclusive preview of the 2015 World Class Summit, which will focus on regional improvement strategies that not only drive growth, but also expand opportunity.

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Exchange to Change: Three Big Ideas that Came Back from Chicago

In the second installment of the Economy League’s Exchange to Change series, Josh Sevin reviews ideas that were brought back from the first Leadership Exchange trip to Chicago in 2005 and implemented at home.

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Leaders Highlight New Approaches to Workforce Development

Earlier this month, the Economy League of Greater Philadelphia partnered with the Job Opportunity Investment Network (JOIN), Philadelphia Society for Human Resources Management (Philly SHRM), and United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey to host a forum exploring new approaches to workforce training and development.  These new approaches have been developed in response to the ongoing shifts in the economy and employment opportunities across the country.

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Introducing Exchange to Change

Steve Wray introduces the Economy League’s Exchange to Change series looking back at 10 years of the Greater Philadelphia Leadership Exchange.

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Exchange to Change: Reflections on 10 Years of GPLEX

In the kickoff to the Economy League’s Exchange to Change series, Greater Philadelphia Leadership Exchange alumni recount some of their favorite memories and reflect upon learning visits to other regions as well as programs here in Philadelphia.

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A Fab Model for Entrepreneurship

With Philly Tech Week underway, Josh Sevin explains why NextFab is a sign of good entrepreneurial things to come for our region.

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Fundamental Tax Changes Underpin Governor Wolf's Budget Proposal

In this piece, the Economy League provides an overview of how Governor Wolf plans to fund the investments proposed in his 2015-16 budget proposal.

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Governor Wolf's 2015-16 Budget Proposal and the World Class Agenda

The Economy League assesses how Governor Wolf's recently-proposed state budget aligns with the priorities and strategies identified in the World Class Greater Philadelphia agenda.

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How Immigrant Entrepreneurs are Driving Growth in Greater Philadelphia

Last month, the Fiscal Policy Institute and Americas Society/Council of the Americas released a new report on the impact that immigrant entrepreneurs – particularly, “Main Street” business owners – have on local economies. The report cites Philadelphia, along with Minneapolis-St. Paul and Nashville, as successful examples of how support systems for immigrant entrepreneurs can help foster overall economic growth.

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Will New Jersey’s Tank Run Dry?

Assessing the transportation funding outlook in the Garden State

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Technology Transfer: Are We Making Progress?

After several years of increased focus and investment in boosting technology transfer in Greater Philadelphia, are we making progress?

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Greater Philadelphia: A Brain Gain Engine

As Campus Philly celebrates 10 years of attracting, engaging and retaining college students in our region, we look at the organization's origins, findings from its latest survey of recent college graduates, and ways to increase graduate retention in the future.

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2015 Education Outlook: Issues to Watch

2015 may mark the beginning of some big changes in education in Greater Philadelphia -- many of which align with the priorities laid out in our shared World Class agenda. From key policy issues like fair funding to debates over curricula and teacher evaluations, here are a few key areas to watch this year:

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Leaders Convene to Launch Greater Philadelphia Export Initiative

Last week, more than 70 business and civic leaders attended the final World Class Council forum of 2014 on "Spurring Regional Export Growth." At the event, the Economy League and the World Trade Center of Greater Philadelphia announced the launch of a new regional export initiative.

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From Corruption to Collaboration in Chelsea, MA

The city of Chelsea, MA, has struggled for decades with high unemployment, crime and the legacy of political corruption. Last month, Greater Philadelphia Leadership Exchange participants traveled to Chelsea to learn how leaders are successfully working together toward long-term solutions to these often intractable issues.

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A Few Lessons from Boston

2014 Greater Philadelphia Leadership Exchange co-chairs Craig Carnaroli, Pat Eiding, David Foster, and Beverly Harper share lessons from our recent trip to Boston.

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“Eds and Meds”: Anchoring Boston’s Economy

In early October, more than 110 of Philadelphia's business, civic and government leaders traveled to Boston as part of the 2014 Greater Philadelphia Leadership Exchange. One of the key learnings from this trip was that in both Greater Boston and Greater Philadelphia, educational and medical anchor institutions serve as economic flotation devices, community partners, and catalysts for growth in their local communities and in their regions at large.

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Development Without Displacement: What We Can Learn from Boston's Dudley Neighborhood

Earlier this month, the Economy League traveled north with more than 110 of Philadelphia's business, civic and government leaders to learn how Boston is tackling critical issues related to growth and opportunity. In this piece, we take a closer look at why the revitalization of Boston's Dudley neighborhood has served as a national model of resident-driven "development without displacement." 

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Beantown Meets Brotherly Love: Lessons from the 2014 Leadership Exchange

Executive Director Steve Wray offers reflections and insights from the 2014 Greater Philadelphia Leadership Exchange in Boston, MA.

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