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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.

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
December 21st 2016

Thanking a World Class Leader

A nonprofit organization like the Economy League doesn’t stick around for 100-plus years without a compelling mission and dynamic leadership. Read More
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Education & Talent
December 21st 2016

Moving from College Access to Success

In the second installment of the Economy League’s Talent in Greater Philadelphia series, Anne Marie Bonner looks at how Greater Philadelphia currently fares on key measures of educational attainment and efforts to keep the region’s most at-risk students on track to graduation. Read More
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Education & Talent
November 22nd 2016

Coming Together to Advance Educational Attainment

In the first installment of the Economy League’s Talent in Greater Philadelphia series, Steve Wray examines two successful, collaborative efforts focused on postsecondary degree attainment. Read More
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GPLEX
October 19th 2016

L.A. Goes Big … and Philly Should Follow Suit

Executive Director Steve Wray offers his reflections on the 2016 Greater Philadelphia Leadership Exchange in Los Angeles. 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. 

 

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
June 15th 2016

University City Science Center: An Economic Catalyst for Greater Philadelphia

Graduate firms and current residents of the University City Science Center’s business incubators support one out of every 100 jobs in Greater Philadelphia and drive nearly $13 billion in economic activity in the region, according to new analysis by the Economy League of Greater Philadelphia and... Read More

NEWSROOM

View Economy League press releases and media coverage. Contact Josh Sevin, Economy League Managing Director, Regional Engagement, with media inquiries.

 

February 21st 2017

Why University City Science Center is betting big on these 3 health projects

Three promising technologies that seek to improve the efficacy of medical care earned a big boost from the University City Science Center on Monday, with a total of $600,000 in research grants announced through the center’s QED Proof of Concept Program. Read More
February 7th 2017

Economy League, Pre-K Advocates Urge Bipartisan Support of 2017-18 Investment Proposal

The Economy League of Greater Philadelphia, a founding member of the Pre-K for PA campaign, joins other Pre-K for PA partners in support of Gov. Wolf’s announcement of a $75 million expansion for high-quality pre-k as part of his 2017-18 budget address. Read More
January 17th 2017

Moul, more business leaders to Philadelphia: Build a more inclusive economy

January 17, 2017 Dell Poncet, Managing Editor   Longtime tech entrepreneur Bob Moul made a public admission recently that surprised a lot of people: He never went to college, and he doesn’t think that’s a bad thing.   The CEO of Cloudamize — and past CEO of Artisan Mobile and Boomi — said... Read More