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    Updates and insight on education & talent development, business growth, and infrastructure in Greater Philadelphia
Regional Direction
May 4th 2020

COVID-19 vs. The Gig Economy: One Restaurant Worker's Story

Unprecedented numbers of workers have been laid off, with unemployment insurance claims reaching historic proportions by March 2020. Those organizations where work-from-home (WFH) is feasible have shifted to it. However, many employees of essential businesses have no choice but to put themselves... Read More
April 16th 2020

Our Pivot to the Pivot

One of the things the Economy League does best is create forums for Philadelphia’s business and civic leaders to learn from each other. In that spirit, we’re proud to introduce The Pivot, our new web series highlighting innovative organizational pivots happening across the Philadelphia region in... Read More
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Regional Direction
March 24th 2020

Equity and Planning for Post-Covid-19 Philadelphia

Before anyone knew when the Great War would end, the Economy League was looking ahead, asserting that Philadelphia had an obligation to plan “comprehensive municipal programs… to bridge over the critical period of readjustment.” There was a call for the formation of a local reconstruction... Read More
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Regional Direction
November 21st 2019

Economy League Champions Innovative Solutions To Support Philadelphia’s Food Economy

It’s been an exciting year at the Economy League, specifically around our efforts supporting the Philadelphia food economy. Since the start of 2019, the Economy League, in partnership with several Philadelphia institutions and organizations, has championed innovative solutions and work to advance... Read More
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Regional Direction
October 23rd 2019

Economy League and Reading Terminal Market host “Made to Order: The Future of Philadelphia’s Food Economy"

  On October 15, the Economy League partnered with the Reading Terminal Market to host “Made to Order: The Future of Philadelphia’s Food Economy” at Philadelphia's flagship B.PHL innovation festival. The three-day festival took place October 15-18, and was designed to highlight and help build... Read More
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Regional Direction
October 17th 2019

Building Momentum for Change: The Vision of Healthy Town Tioga Project

What does it take to help drive inclusive growth and shared prosperity for all of Philadelphia? For many communities in the city, such as those in North Philadelphia, a history of disinvestment and redlining can make driving inclusive growth and shared prosperity a daunting task. From workforce... Read More
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Regional Direction
December 14th 2018

Reflections on Anchor Collaboratives: Lessons from the Baltimore Integration Partnership

On November  28th, the Economy League convened over 170 nonprofit, government and business leaders to announce the launch of Philadelphia Anchors for Growth and Equity (PAGE). PAGE is a partnership between the Economy League, the City of Philadelphia and more than a dozen Philadelphia-area... Read More
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Regional Direction
December 3rd 2018

How can Philly use the food boom to address pervasive hunger and poverty?

The story of food in Philadelphia right now is a tale of two cities. Over the weekend, news spread about a crowdfunding campaign for a prominent Philly bartender. Near the end of her battle with cancer, she has no way to pay for pending medical or funeral bills — so must depend on charity, despite... Read More
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Regional Direction
November 13th 2018

Anchor Collaboratives: Lessons from Peer Cities

Case studies written with research help from Theodora Okiro, MPA    As the Economy League looks forward to the public launch of Philadelphia Anchors for Growth and Equity (PAGE), we are excited for PAGE to join the ranks of thriving anchor collaboratives around the country. Several US cities... Read More
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October 18th 2018

2018 GPLEX Seattle Wrap-Up

In late September, Billy Penn asked why 150 Philadelphia leaders were heading to Seattle for the weekend. Armed with an excellent briefing book and a deep sense of curiosity, for 3 days a diverse group of cross-sector Philadelphia leaders dug deep into how Seattle works, moves, and thrives - and... Read More
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