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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Leaders Highlight Continued Need for Transportation Funding

With the passage of transportation funding legislation in Harrisburg last fall, southeastern Pennsylvania is slated to receive much-needed investment that will help address long-deferred maintenance needs and upgrade deteriorating systems. Achieving a World Class vision for our region’s bridges, roads, and public transit, however, is going to require making the most of these and other resources.

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As the Election Approaches, Pre-K for PA Gains Momentum

With election season upon us, Pre-K for PA campaign partners statewide are hard at work continuing to build awareness and support for increased access to high-quality pre-k. These efforts are definitely paying off.

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Education & Innovation in Massachusetts

Greater Boston and Massachusetts have a long history of innovation in education from the founding of the first publicly-funded school system in the US to creating grade levels and common standards that are the basis of our current education system to helping to build world class institutions of higher education. Today, the state and region continue to focus on systemic change and improvements along the education continuum.

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Continuous Reinvention - Greater Boston’s Knowledge Economy Edge

Historians point out that Greater Boston’s economy has come back from the brink several times. In the post-World War II era, the region’s economic success has been attributed to its foundation of science and technology strengths, educated workforce, and repeated ability to adapt to disruptions and changes in the knowledge economy. Whereas many regions, including Philadelphia, boast substantial eds and meds research institutions, Greater Boston’s elite talent base and ability to reinvent its innovation economy have set it on a different path than other Rust Belt regions with similar research assets but economies that have faltered.

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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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