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September 16th 2015

Reduce recidivism and help people with reentry

Philadelphia currently has one of the highest incarceration rates of any large U.S. city. Economy League Executive Director Steve Wray and Philadelphia Policy Commissioner Charles Ramsey explore how a "Pay for Success" funding model could help reduce recidivism by providing transitional employment... Read More
July 27th 2015

Poverty Hurts Economy

HOW DOES A CITY make progress? That's never a simple proposition, especially in a city like ours. Political will is certainly a factor (as is citizen will), but even the most disciplined political will can be no match for a strong stand from the business community. Read More
July 20th 2015

Hard stats from this year’s World Class Summit that need attention now

This year’s World Class Summit was packed with information. Hundreds of people filled the room at the Convention Center, to see how we’re shaping up according to the World Class Index, the tracking framework that was released last year. Read More
July 16th 2015

Expanding Opportunity in Greater Philadelphia

  Economy League Releases Expanding Opportunity Analysis  Regional Civic Group Unveils New Website, Brand at 2015 World Class Summit    Philadelphia, PA – More than half of all jobs in Greater Philadelphia don’t pay a family-sustaining wage and the region’s decentralized job base is... Read More
March 16th 2015

When Electing a Mayor This Year, Think Globally

March 12, 2015 John F. Smith, Nancy Gilboy, Craig Snyder, and Steve Wray, Philadelphia Inquirer   What does globalization have to do with an election for mayor of Philadelphia?   Answer: Everything.   If there was ever a time when Philadelphia could hunker down in its own... Read More
March 3rd 2015

A Good Day for Pre-K! Pre-K for PA, Early Learning PA Supporters Cheer Governor Wolf's Proposed Investments in Early Learning

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 3, 2015   CONTACTS: Kate Philips: (215) 850-4647 Mike Race: (717) 236-5680   HARRISBURG (March 3, 2015) – The Pre-K for PA campaign, along with the Early Learning PA coalition, today applauded Gov. Tom Wolf’s proposal for substantial increases to state... Read More
March 1st 2015

Make International Trade a PA Priority

March 1, 2015 Joel Naroff, Philadelphia Inquirer   It's that time of the year when governors present their budget plans. Since budgets are fundamentally political documents, the relationship of the comments to reality is often tenuous. That said, the addresses do start the budgeting process.... Read More
February 18th 2015

Testimony Provided to City Council Establishing an Independent Commission on Universal Pre-Kindergarten

My name is Steve Wray, and I am the Executive Director of the Economy League of Greater Philadelphia. We are a 105-year-old nonprofit organization dedicated to making Greater Philadelphia a world-class region. The Economy League provides independent, high-quality analysis and insight and develops... Read More
January 16th 2015

Philadelphia Joins Economic Development Network for Sustainable Growth

January 15, 2015 Francis Hilario, Philadelphia Business Journal   The Philadelphia region has been chosen to participate in an economic development network that will assist the city in developing plans for sustainable growth.   The exchange was created by the Global Cities Initiative, a... Read More
January 15th 2015

Greater Philadelphia Selected to Join Global Cities Initiative's Exchange Network

Thursday, January 15, 2015 CONTACT: Josh Sevin,  jsevin@economyleague.org   Greater Philadelphia Selected to Join Global Cities Initiative’s Exchange Network   Network will help Philadelphia region develop strategies to increase exporting and foreign direct investment, key tools in... Read More
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