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.
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.
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.
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.