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ABOUT POLICYHUB

 

Since its founding in 1909, the Economy League of Greater Philadelphia has been an independent organization that believes high-quality, nonpartisan, and objective intelligence about the region’s most important challenges and opportunities is a crucial driver of equitable prosperity in Greater Philadelphia.  The PolicyHub initiative generates insights that align with the organization’s role as a regional “think and do” tank that focuses on inclusive growth, equitable opportunities, and shared prosperity.  

 

PolicyHub is building three main components: 
  • A web-based public-access data repository that aggregates regional economic data in user-friendly and intuitive ways.

  • A regular policy newsletter, Leading Indicators, that publishes original insights derived from the data repository. 

  •  A real-time policy analysis service providing city officials, civic leaders, and the public with nonpartisan research.

 

Our Principles

PolicyHub is guided by the same principles that have guided the Economy League since 1909: objectivity, transparency, and independence:

 

Objectivity 

PolicyHub produces research insights using only accepted research methodologies driven by unbiased research questions, built on data from reputable sources (e.g. government offices, the U.S. Census Bureau, national research organizations, etc.), comparative cases, or outlined best practices from previous research.     

 

Transparency 

As a public charity supported by a cross-sector Board of Directors, the Economy League works solely in the public interest for the shared prosperity of the Philadelphia metropolitan region. PolicyHub makes all data, analyses, and results publicly available.  

 

Impartiality 

Like the Economy League more broadly, PolicyHub does not engage in advocacy; its analyses follow the facts and represent the views of the Economy League alone.  There is a firewall between the interests of members of the Board and the research agenda of the organization.  PolicyHub research aims to ascertain the costs and benefits of legislative or administrative proposals, with the sole object of advancing the shared prosperity of the Greater Philadelphia region.  

 

Our Leadership

The PolicyHub initiative is guided by an expert Advisory Committee composed of a cross-sector of leaders who provide insight and guidance on ongoing projects. This committee is chaired by Lara Rhame, Chief US Economist for FS Investments.

LEADING INDICATORS STORIES

Leading Indicators is PolicyHub's regular newsletter of curated data and policy stories - headlined with our own original Leading Indicator data brief. These data briefs provide context on local topics of interest.

 
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Regional Direction
January 13th 2021

The Road to Recovery: Greater Philadelphia’s Accommodation and Food Services Sector

In past data briefs, we detailed the direct and long-lasting impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on various sectors of Greater Philadelphia’s economy. For our first Leading Indicator of 2021, we continue our analysis of the metropolitan region’s various industries but with an eye towards recovery. In... Read More
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Regional Direction
December 16th 2020

The Changing Distribution of Poverty in Philadelphia

In its last session of 2020, Philadelphia's City Council passed legislation aligned with its Poverty Action Plan. Whether providing relief or job security for Black and brown service industry workers or restructuring the ten-year real estate tax abatement, many of these measures aim to lift... Read More
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Regional Direction
December 2nd 2020

Automation Nation PART 3: Automation in Greater Philadelphia's Transportation Industry

A fully-functioning, multimodal transportation network of roads, rails, waterways, and air travel is essential for efficiently moving goods and workers through and from a metropolitan region. The workers who build, maintain, and support that network are vital since their daily tasks keep the region... Read More

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