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    2018 Greater Philadelphia Leadership Exchange participants share their perspectives on Seattle.

  • emge john
December 5th 2018

Emge: Bringing the Learnings Home

Admittedly, my initial thoughts about what I might learn from participating in the Economy League’s GPLEX trip to Seattle in early October 2018 were far from what is now in my lasting impressions, more than a month later. From my perspective as someone who has spent his career with United Way, a... Read More
  • briggs amara
October 23rd 2018

Briggs: What Seattle Has Taught Us About Wealth Creation

Bringing technology jobs to Philadelphia is not enough.  True wage security comes with providing balanced skills—technical and financial literacy skills—to all.   On my flight to Seattle to attend GPLEX, I reviewed my Briefing Book, which provided statistics on median income and employment.... Read More
  • rhodes william
October 19th 2018

Rhodes: Washington State’s Citizen-Led Referenda are an Advantage for Solving Local Problems

    During our recent visit to Seattle through the Economy League's Greater Philadelphia Leadership Exchange, we heard about the challenges and successes experienced by civic leaders there in addressing local needs such as transportation, homelessness, and affordable housing.  We listened to... Read More
  • reid
October 9th 2018

Reid: Thinking About What Success Looks Like

“Stop me if you think you’ve heard this one before” – The Smiths   This week in Seattle I had a great opportunity to soak in the perspective of the many Seattle representatives that stepped on stage this week – while wielding the universally feared “5 Minutes/2 Minutes/1 Minute/STOP!” placards... Read More
  • addimando leo
October 9th 2018

Addimando: Seattle GPLEX Exhilarating & Thought-Provoking

The GPLEX visit to Seattle was simultaneously exhilarating and thought provoking. Coming from Philadelphia where we have just crossed the Red Sea of managing decline to managing (some) growth, we were thrust into the hyper-loop of Amazonia. All of a sudden dogs outnumber people, strollers are... Read More
  • mittelman michael
October 9th 2018

Mittelman: Energized and Determined to Be Part of Solutions

This was my first GPLEX, so I really didn’t know what to expect.  This experience provided us a target rich environment of ideas that can take us down many paths.    I came away from GPLEX with was a whole new network of friends, greater insights and a better understanding and appreciation of... Read More
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October 9th 2018

Jeff's Takeaways from GPLEX 2018

My key takeaways from GPLEX 2018: Seattle has incredible wealth and a political system and culture that are conducive to collaborating to solve big challenges.  Because Seattle raises revenue primarily by special levies on property, which must be approved at the ballot box, policymakers must... Read More
  • barrymann
September 25th 2018

Mann: Building Support for Health Equity

I head to Seattle hoping to put Together for West Philadelphia on the radar of innovative Philadelphians. I am honored to represent this exciting new grassroots collaborative, which is intended to enhance equity in healthcare and to maximize sustainable opportunities for the community of West... Read More
  • lu diana
September 20th 2018

Lu: The Sasquatch and the Phanatic

When I first heard that GPLEX was heading to Seattle, I thought about how the city opened my eyes and inspired me to see global metropolises differently.   I marveled at Sound Transit’s park-and-ride system in 2002 (I grew up in L.A. and hey, we had different views on public transit back then).... Read More
  • prabhakaran arun
September 14th 2018

Prabhakaran: Let’s Make a Scene

  Fresh out of college in the late nineties, I moved into an appropriately dumpy West Philly group house at 45th and Larchwood. At that time, I didn’t realize that the people I lived with would become some of my closest, lifelong friends. These friendships would serve to cement my relationship... Read More
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