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World Class Infrastructure GPS
The Global Positioning Strategy (GPS) for World Class Infrastructure outlines a shared agenda for strengthening Greater Philadelphia’s global and national connections, improving regional mobility, and making the region's water, energy, and open space networks more sustainable and resilient. This regional strategic framework emerged from the work of a cross-sector Infrastructure Strategy Team made up of business executives, civic leaders, and issue experts convened in late 2012 and early 2013 by the Economy League and the Urban Land Institute’s Philadelphia District Council.
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World Class Education & Talent Development GPS
The Global Positioning Strategy (GPS) for World Class Education and Talent Development outlines a shared agenda for improving early learning, K-12 education, postsecondary attainment, and workforce readiness in Greater Philadelphia. This regional strategic framework emerged from the work of a cross-sector Education and Talent Development Strategy team made up of business executives, civic leaders, and issue experts convened in 2012 by the Economy League and United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey as part of the World Class initiative.
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World Class Business Growth GPS
New Report - Focus 2026
The Focus 2026 report is the culmination of two years of leadership engagement and intensive research to identify the issues most important to the future of Greater Philadelphia. In this report, the Economy League introduces the three World Class priorities of Education and Talent Development, Business Growth, and Infrastructure, and outlines aspirational goals to guide and focus strategic collaboration among the region's leaders.
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2026: Future Histories
In 2011, the Economy League partnered with leading scenario planning firm Decision Strategies International to create four stories describing very different, but very possible, ways that national and global trends could play out over the next 15 years. These futures, presented in the report 2026: Future Histories of Greater Philadelphia, were used to stimulate thought and discussion among Greater Philadelphia’s leaders about what our region must focus on in the years to come—no matter what the future holds.
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2010 Roundtables Summary Report
In the spring of 2010, the Economy League asked a diverse array of cross-sector leaders what they thought would have to change for the region to be considered a world class place to live, work, and play by the year 2026. More than 500 leaders came together at 17 interactive roundtables in Delaware, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania, providing extensive input on what a world class future could and should look like for Greater Philadelphia. In July 2010, the Economy League released a report summarizing these roundtable discussions.
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The World Class initiative kicked off in 2009 with foundational research and analysis that asked the question, “Is Greater Philadelphia World Class?” In a special edition of Insight magazine, the Economy League explored the factors used to rank the world’s best cities and regions, took a look at places that typically do well in these rankings, and examined how Greater Philadelphia is viewed on the global stage.