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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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Regional Direction
August 13th 2018

Seeing Philadelphia Through the Lens of Detroit

  A recent trip to Detroit has me reflecting on my hometown, how far it’s come and by what pathways, and where we are heading.   Over the three days I spent in Detroit, the people, the place, and the spirit captured my imagination. I was in Detroit to represent the Economy League of Greater... Read More
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Regional Direction
August 10th 2018

The Promise and Peril of Vertical Farming

As part of the Anchor Procurement Initiative, Economy League staff investigate new and emerging industries that could yield opportunities to localize institutional spend. Over the last 4 months, Mariya Khandros, Economy League’s Director of Shared Solutions, has been investigating the current state... Read More
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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
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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
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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
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Regional Direction
March 23rd 2018

A Holistic Growth Strategy for Philadelphia

Philadelphia has four core challenges: jobs, jobs, jobs, and schools. You can pick your preference ordering, but these are the things that matter to capitalizing on Philadelphia's current upward trajectory. Read More
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