Learning from Boston Strong for a Better Philadelphia

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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

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

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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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Categories: Business Growth
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What Makes the Philadelphia School District’s New Action Plan World Class

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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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Categories: Education and Talent
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What Will New Funding Mean for SEPTA?

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

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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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Categories: Education and Talent
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Pre-K for PA Campaign Launch

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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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Categories: Education and Talent
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The Road to Funding

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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

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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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Categories: Education and Talent
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Innovation Center Investments Adding Up in University City

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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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Categories: Business Growth
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Global Connections Take Flight at PHL International Airport

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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

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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

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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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Exploring Our Own Backyard

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From explorations of effective collaboration within our own region to learning about collective impact efforts elsewhere, this year’s Leadership Exchange provided a bevy of useful insights to help advance the World Class agenda.

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Taking the Long View in Camden

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In Camden, dramatic redevelopment efforts are transforming the downtown  area and several innovative social enterprises are working to improve the lives of neighborhood residents.

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Getting From Child’s Play to Graduation Day

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In Philadelphia's Parkside neighborhood, the Please Touch Museum is working with community partners and institutions to improve child health, prepare children for success in school, and connect teens to entrepreneurial activities.

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Categories: Education and Talent
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The Lower Schuylkill: From Hidden to Hotbed?

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On the banks of the lower Schuylkill River, a growing coalition of organizations and agencies is working to transform a massive tract of underutilized land into a hotbed for modern industry. 

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School's Out...and Work's On

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As uncertainty lingers about what kind of classroom Philadelphia public school students will return to in the fall, thousands of the city's youth and young adults reported to work earlier this month. They did so as part of the WorkReady Philadelphia summer employment program...

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Investing in the Green Side of Infrastructure

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World Class Infrastructure Strategy Team member and Manko, Gold, Katcher & Fox Partner Joe Manko discusses the need to preserve and expand our region's water and open space infrastructure and highlights key obstacles to progress. 

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Making an Impact: PWD's Green City, Clean Waters Plan

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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.

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