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    Racism has been woven into the fabric of this city and country. It is the ongoing structural legacy of centuries of policy violence wielded against Black and Brown communities--from slavery, to Jim Crow, from residential and financial redlining, to mass incarceration. The events of the last few weeks--the killing of unarmed George Floyd at the hands of white Minneapolis police officer, the killing of Breonna Taylor in her home--are only the latest manifestation of this affliction, and their names are two among countless other names and victims that have fallen to structural racism.

    The Economy League pledges to work with allies across all sectors, to help unbind our city and communities from this legacy. If we are to create a truly Greater Philadelphia for all, we must foster inclusive, equitable growth to attack the root causes of racism; invest heavily in neighborhoods that have been neglected for decades, transform the systems that educate our children and our workers, and make deep and lasting reforms across institutions. We pledge to work together like our lives depend upon it. Because they do.



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    In this time of incredible uncertainty, we've launched The Pivot, a web series highlighting innovative organizational pivots happening across the Greater Philadelphia region in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.


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    We're working with large institutional buyers to grow businesses, strengthen the local economy, create jobs, and build wealth. 



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    We bring together our region's top leaders to learn from their peers in cities across North America.


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    We address critical issues facing Greater Philadelphia by providing impactful research, connecting diverse leaders, and advancing shared solutions.


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    We’re building a regional resource of high-quality, data-driven, and objective research to address the region’s most important challenges and opportunities.


COVID-19 message from the Economy League:


During this unprecedented twin public health and economic crisis, we urge our fellow Greater Philadelphians to practice social distancing and stay abreast of the latest updates from the Inquirer, which can readily be accessed here


For 111 years the Economy League has served a vital function as a trusted source of nonpartisan research and analysis, convener of cross-sector leaders, and a civic problem-solver.  During times of national crisis such as the First World War, the Great Depression, and the Second World War the Economy League provided independent thought leadership and made clear-eyed recommendations. 


It is our intention to play a similar thought leadership role during the rapidly unfolding COVID-19 pandemic as well.  Our staff are hard at work - remotely of course - to ensure that the Economy League delivers on its full potential to help inform and guide the region through this trying time. 


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The latest insight and updates from the Economy League community.

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Regional Direction
July 1st 2020

MasterCard's Inclusive Growth Score

The Greater Philadelphia Metropolitan Region is rich in data. Numerous public and private organizations and agencies collect and share various forms... Read More
Regional Direction
July 1st 2020

MasterCard's Inclusive Growth Score

In this week’s Leading Indicator, we highlight the Inclusive Growth Score tool from MasterCard’s Center for Inclusive Growth - a new and exciting... Read More
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Regional Direction
June 24th 2020

Color of Inequality Part 4: Barriers to Sustainable Employment for Workers of Color

In Philadelphia and across the country, race is too often a predictor of the scope and breadth of challenges people face when connecting to... Read More
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Regional Direction
June 17th 2020

The Color of Inequality 3: Structural Racism and Public Education

The landmark 1954 U.S. Supreme Court decision in Brown v. Board of Education deemed the “separate but equal” system of racial segregation... Read More
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Economy League releases report "Good Eats." This collaborative effort with the City of Philadelphia's Get Healthy Philly examines the Greater Philadelphia food economy, and good food’s potential to drive growth, improve health, and expand opportunity. Read More  >>


Upcoming Economy League Events you shouldn't miss!




For 15 years, GPLEX has served the vital function of convening cross-sector leaders to learn, grow, and connect with one another with the aim of informing collaborative and inclusive growth in the Philadelphia region. The mission of GPLEX 2020 will be no different than those of the past but, due to the impact of COVID-19 on our region and its communities, the format of the 2020 convening will change. In response to the ongoing crisis, we have pivoted from the planned Detroit 2020 GPLEX event to focus, instead, on Philadelphia, and the region's recovery from the economic, social, and civic challenges ahead.



2019 Greater Philadelphia Leadership Exchange participants share their perspectives.


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Philadelphia Anchors for Growth and Equity is a partnership between the Economy League, the City of Philadelphia and leading “Eds and Meds” anchor institutions that seeks to increase local purchasing by large institutional buyers to grow businesses, strengthen the local economy, create jobs, and build wealth. 




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A joint initiative of the Economy League and Billy Penn, the Full City Challenge is a rapid incubator focused on identifying and supporting new collaborations that leverage our region’s robust food economy to address the acute problems of hunger and poverty in the Philadelphia region.




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To aid in deliberation around the City of Philadelphia FY2019 budget and FY2019-2023 Five-Year Plan, the Economy League has compiled analysis to situate budget discussions within the broader context of the Philadelphia economy in 2018 and examine key linkages between the Five-Year Plan and what we see as the primary drivers of growth and prosperity—education and jobs.





The Economy League thanks the corporate, institutional, and individual investors whose financial support makes our work possible.

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Abrams Realty & Development
African American Chamber of Commerce
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Alexander Perry, Inc
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Allied Universal
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Alterra Property Group
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American Airlines