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    PROVIDING INSIGHT

    The Economy League leverages its historic foundation of independent, high-quality analysis to deepen understanding of key regional opportunities and challenges.
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    FEATURED ANALYSIS

     

    DRIVING TECH TALENT GROWTH IN PHL

     

    The expansion of Greater Philadelphia’s tech sector and significant growth of tech jobs across industries present a unique opportunity to drive growth and prosperity in the region. Employers in the Philadelphia area have added more than 25,000 new tech jobs since 2002, equivalent to 25% of all net job growth in Greater Philadelphia during that period. Recognizing tech’s rapid growth and the potential to build on the good work already happening in the region, the Economy League led an in-depth research and strategy initiative to better understand our region’s technology workforce and identify priority strategies to expand, deepen, and diversify that workforce.

     

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REGIONAL DIRECTION

Read through the latest updates and insight on education & talent development, business growth, and infrastructure in Greater Philadelphia.

 

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Regional Direction
April 21st 2017

Taking the Long View

In the final part of a three-part Regional Direction series looking back at his two decades at the Economy League, Steve Wray examines the organization’s role in taking the long view on regional infrastructure projects. Read More
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Regional Direction
March 24th 2017

Civic Incubator: The Economy League’s Role in the Creation of Campus Philly and Graduate! Philadelphia

In the second of a three-part Regional Direction series looking back at his two decades at the Economy League, Steve Wray examines the organization’s role as a civic incubator. Read More
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Business Growth
March 23rd 2017

Driving Tech Talent Growth in PHL: Upcoming Economy League Analysis

Tech jobs are embedded in all sectors of the economy, and tech skills are increasingly vital to economic mobility. Figuring out how best to leverage tech’s potential could pay substantial dividends in advancing growth and expanding opportunity across Greater Philadelphia. Read More
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Regional Direction
February 27th 2017

Twenty Years of Supporting University City's Innovation Ecosystem

In the first of a three-part Regional Direction series looking back at his two decades at the Economy League, Steve Wray reflects on ongoing efforts to spur growth in University City’s innovation ecosystem. Read More

THE WORLD CLASS INDEX

 

The Index is a framework for tracking progress around the shared World Class agenda. It establishes common indicators for local leaders, provides clear-eyed analysis of metro trends, highlights collaborations leading to impact, and points to where immediate action is needed.
THE WORLD CLASS INDICATORS
Education & Talent Development
Business Growth
Infrastructure
Early Learning
School Readiness
Pre-K Access
Early Literacy
K-12 Education
On-time Graduation
Disconnected Youth
College & Career Readiness
Postsecondary Credentials
Degrees & Certificates Awarded
Educational Attainment
Workforce Readiness
Poverty Rate
Labor Force Participation
Median Income
School Readiness
With New Jersey's adoption of an implementation plan in 2016, all three states in our region are on the path to using standardized kindergarten readiness assessments to improve early learning and help close achievement gaps.
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PROGRESS TOWARD IMPLEMENTING STANDARDIZED KINDERGARTEN READINESS ASSESSMENTS (2016)
Starting & Growing Businesses
New Businesses
Venture Capital
Entrepreneurship
Small Business Employment
Innovation
Federal R&D Funding
Technology Transfer
Selling to the World
Exports
International Visitors
New Businesses
While the number of new establishments has increased in six out of 11 counties in our region since 2011, the region’s growth rate was the slowest among the 10 largest U.S. metros.
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PERCENT CHANGE IN NUMBER OF BUSINESSES BY COUNTY (2011-2015)
Global & National Connections
Passenger Air Connections
Intercity Rail Ridership
Global Port Connections
Regional Mobility
Transit Ridership
Transportation Choice
Transportation State of Good Repair
Sustainable Systems
Water Distribution Efficiency
Electric Reliability
Open Space Acreage
Passenger Air Connections
Philadelphia International Airport provides nonstop international service to 25 countries whose combined GDP accounts for nearly one-quarter of world economic output. By this measure, Greater Philadelphia ranks last among the 10 largest U.S. metros.
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COMBINED GDP OF COUNTRIES SERVED BY NONSTOP PASSENGER AIR SERVICE BY METRO AREA (2015)

REPORTS & PUBLICATIONS

Explore the Economy League's extensive repository of insight on Greater Philadelphia. 

 

May 2nd 2017

Driving Tech Talent Growth in PHL

Recognizing tech’s rapid growth and the potential to build on the good work already happening in the region, the Economy League led an in-depth research and strategy initiative to better understand the PHL tech workforce and identify priority strategies to deepen and diversify that workforce. Read More
November 2nd 2016

Closing the Gap: University City Science Center's QED Proof-of-Concept Program

This report quantifies the performance and impact of the University City Science Center's QED Proof-of-Concept program on the Greater Philadelphia region’s innovation ecosystem. Read More
July 14th 2016

Growing the Impact Economy in Greater Philadelphia

Greater Philadelphia is home to a burgeoning group of new and innovative companies and organizations that are forming and growing around the concept of creating both economic and social value. The Greater Philadelphia Impact Economy Initiative is built upon a foundation of research and roundtable... Read More

NEWSROOM

View Economy League press releases and media coverage. Contact Josh Sevin, Economy League Acting Executive Director, with media inquiries.

 

May 9th 2017

Wage-tax cuts would help Philly prosper

The Committee of Seventy and the Economy League of Greater Philadelphia have been civic fixtures in Philadelphia for more than 100 years. Both were born and raised in the heart of the Progressive Era in Philadelphia... Read More
May 4th 2017

Putting plan in place to diversify the region's tech workforce

Philly Tech Week, now coming to a close with an expected 20,000 attendees at more than 100 events across the region, has become a major showcase of Philadelphia’s thriving tech ecosystem. This picture of Philadelphia as a growing tech hub may be news to many, but not to us. Read More
May 3rd 2017

New report maps out Greater Philadelphia’s tech workforce, and a path forward

The Economy League of Greater Philadelphia unveiled its in-depth report on the state of the region’s tech workforce Tuesday morning, when league members and stakeholders in the local tech scene gathered at the Cira Center to hear its key findings. Read More