Regional Exports

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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.

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Categories: Business Growth , Campaign
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Transportation Funding in PA

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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.

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Categories: Infrastructure , Campaign
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Standardizing Kindergarten Readiness Assessments in Pennsylvania

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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.

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Pre-K for PA

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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.

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Giving More Kids Access to High-Quality Early Education

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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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Categories: Education and Talent
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Driving Technology Transfer in Greater Philadelphia

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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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Categories: Business Growth
Tags: Index, Innovation
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Enhancing Greater Philadelphia's Global Reach

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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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Categories: Infrastructure
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Tracking Progress for Smarter Investments

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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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Categories: Events
Tags: World Class
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High-Quality Pre-K: A Wise Investment

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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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Categories: Education and Talent
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States Lead on Early Childhood Education

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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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Categories: Education and Talent
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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.

Categories: Education and Talent
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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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Categories: Events
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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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