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    REGIONAL DIRECTION

     

    Updates and insight on education & talent development, business growth, and infrastructure in Greater Philadelphia
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Business Growth
April 20th 2016

Sharing an Export-Driven Growth Strategy for the Region

Last week, more than 200 cross-sector leaders gathered at WHYY for the launch of the Greater Philadelphia Export Plan. Read More
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Business Growth
March 30th 2016

Growing Our Economy by Selling to the World

If I told you that there's a strategy within reach for our region that could generate more than $6 billion in new economic activity every year and 35,000 additional jobs, I’d have your attention – right?   Well, with leadership from the Economy League and the World Trade Center of Greater... Read More
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Business Growth
July 16th 2015

Supporting Underserved Entrepreneurs

More than ever, smart economic development is focused on ways to support entrepreneurship and stimulate the kind of job growth that young firms bring to a healthy regional economy. With nearly all of net job creation in the US coming from firms less than five years old, entrepreneurship has rightly... Read More
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Business Growth
April 15th 2015

A Fab Model for Entrepreneurship

With Philly Tech Week underway, Josh Sevin explains why NextFab is a sign of good entrepreneurial things to come for our region.   I have to admit that I’ve remained a bit uncertain and skeptical about the “maker” movement. Maybe I’ve watched one too many Portlandia sketches lampooning craft... Read More
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Business Growth
February 18th 2015

How Immigrant Entrepreneurs are Driving Growth in Greater Philadelphia

  Last month, the Fiscal Policy Institute and Americas Society/Council of the Americas released a new report on the impact that immigrant entrepreneurs – particularly, “Main Street” business owners – have on local economies. The report cites Philadelphia, along with Minneapolis-St. Paul and... Read More
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Business Growth
January 29th 2015

Technology Transfer: Are We Making Progress?

After several years of increased focus and investment in boosting technology transfer in Greater Philadelphia, are we making progress?   A New Look at Tech Transfer in PHL   Last month, the CEO Council for Growth released a new report on technology transfer – the translation of research... Read More
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Business Growth
November 24th 2014

Leaders Convene to Launch Greater Philadelphia Export Initiative

Strong regional assets and sustained public investments have helped contribute to export gains for Greater Philadelphia. Even with these gains, however, our region has ranked last out of the 10 largest U.S. metros for annual export growth in recent years. Catching up to the pack would have a... Read More
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Business Growth
September 24th 2014

Continuous Reinvention: Greater Boston's Knowledge Economy Edge

Next month, more than 100 business, civic and government leaders will travel to Boston as part of our Greater Philadelphia Leadership Exchange. As we prepare for the visit, we take a closer look at how Boston is tackling critical issues related to growth and opportunity. This piece focuses on... Read More
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Business Growth
July 5th 2014

Driving Technology Transfer in Greater Philadelphia

In today’s innovation economy, regions that are able to translate research discoveries into viable products and services are poised to capture significant growth. With Greater Philadelphia’s world class academic and medical research institutions, converting promising ideas and technologies to the... Read More
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Business Growth
April 17th 2014

The Maturation of PHL's Tech Startup Scene: Part II

This post is the second in a two-part series focused on the region’s evolving tech startup scene prepared for last fall’s Greater Philadelphia Leadership Exchange. (Click here to read the first post in the series.)   Collaborative Feeders   Greater Philadelphia has long been known for its... Read More
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