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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

     

    INDUSTRY ANALYTICS

    FOR THE CITY OF PHILADELPHIA'S WORKFORCE STRATEGY
     

    Crafting policy that strikes an effective balance between supporting economic growth and expanding equity of opportunity is critical for moving Philadelphia forward. It requires an understanding not only of where the economy is growing, but where growth supports family-sustaining jobs that provide long-term career pathways.

     

    To this end, as the City of Philadelphia embarked on the development of its citywide workforce strategy “Fueling Philadelphia’s Talent Engine,” it turned to the Economy League for targeted research and data analysis to inform decision-making.

     

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REGIONAL DIRECTION

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

 

Regional Direction
May 29th 2018

Are We Committed to Inclusive Growth?

The Metropolitan Planning Council of Chicago recently released a report entitled Our Equitable Future: A Roadmap for the Chicago Region, laying out a data-driven strategy for ensuring that all Chicagoans benefit from economic growth in Windy City.  In 2015, the City of Beaverton, Oregon released a... Read More
Regional Direction
May 21st 2018

Prioritizing Transparency, Predictability, Fairness, and Market Awareness in Raising Funds for Affordable Housing in Philadelphia

In the face of rising rents and home prices, Philadelphia has the opportunity to implement a mechanism that generates stable and adequate revenues for affordable housing and allows our city to avoid the fate that high-growth cities like San Francisco, Seattle, and Boston are facing, where... Read More
Regional Direction
April 24th 2018

Anchor Procurement Initiative: A Cross-Sector Approach to Business Growth and Job Creation

The Anchor Procurement Initiative (API) 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 in order to grow local businesses and create jobs. Read More
Regional Direction
April 24th 2018

GPLEX Preview Discussion: Seattle as a Hub of Global Health Research

On April 23, as part of a special preview of the upcoming Greater Philadelphia Leadership Exchange, the Economy League brought together local healthcare leaders for a discussion with Dean Owen, Senior Manager for Communications and Marketing at the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation in... 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
Deep Poverty
Economic Self-Sufficiency
Economic Self-Sufficiency, Comparison
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 Jeff Hornstein, Economy League Executive Director, with media inquiries.

 

June 21st 2018

Overhauling its bus network may be on SEPTA’s schedule soon

Buses are the sick man of SEPTA’s transit options. Though overall ridership has remained relatively flat, bus trips have fallen 33 million, or 17 percent, over the last five years. Now, after a yearlong examination, transit consultant Jarrett Walker has turned in his official diagnosis: A complete... Read More
April 19th 2018

Broke in Philly? Nearly half of us are

For the last decade, Philadelphia has been unable to shake its notorious distinction as the poorest big city in the United States. More than a quarter of the city’s residents are experiencing poverty, meaning a family of four earns less than $25,100 per year. Forty percent of those are struggling to... Read More
March 28th 2018

Greater Philadelphia added 420 new tech jobs in 2017, CompTIA report says

A new report from CompTIA shows tech job growth in Philadelphia stayed flat from 2016 to 2017, adding just 420 net tech jobs. That puts the region 34th in terms of net tech employment jobs added, but with about 222,200 tech workers in Greater Philadelphia, the region ranks as 13th in the country for... Read More