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    Updates and insight on education & talent development, business growth, and infrastructure in Greater Philadelphia
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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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April 15th 2015

Exchange to Change: Reflections on 10 Years of GPLEX

  In the kickoff to the Economy League’s Exchange to Change series, Greater Philadelphia Leadership Exchange alumni recount some of their favorite memories and reflect upon learning visits to other regions as well as programs here in Philadelphia.     Since 2005, more than 500 of our region’... Read More
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April 15th 2015

Introducing Exchange to Change

Steve Wray introduces the Economy League’s Exchange to Change series looking back at 10 years of the Greater Philadelphia Leadership Exchange.      There’s a reason why place-based institutions of higher education endure: there’s no substitute for the group learning experience. Different kinds... Read More
Regional Direction
March 11th 2015

Fundamental Tax Changes Underpin Governor Wolf's Budge Proposal

In this piece, the Economy League provides an overview of how Governor Wolf plans to fund the investments proposed in his 2015-16 budget proposal.   In his first budget proposal, Governor Wolf called for substantial -- if not unexpected -- increases in state spending in several areas. In... Read More
Regional Direction
March 6th 2015

Governor Wolf's 2015-16 Budget Proposal and the World Class Agenda

  The Economy League assesses how Governor Wolf's recently-proposed state budget aligns with the priorities and strategies identified in the World Class Greater Philadelphia agenda.   It’s budget season and governors from all three states in the region have unveiled 2015-2016 budget proposals... Read More
  • Italian Market
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
  • New Jersey State House
February 17th 2015

Will New Jersey's Tank Run Dry?

In January, as a bridge collapse claimed the life of a construction worker and created significant travel disruptions in the Cincinnati area, the crumbling state of America’s transportation infrastructure was once again thrust into the limelight. Shortly after the tragedy in Ohio and the forced... Read More
  • Campus Philly
Education & Talent
January 29th 2015

Greater Philadelphia: A Brain Engine

As Campus Philly celebrates 10 years of attracting, engaging and retaining college students in our region, we look at the organization's origins, findings from its latest survey of recent college graduates, and ways to increase graduate retention in the future.   From Idea to Impact   Of... 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
  • Student and Teacher
Education & Talent
January 28th 2015

2015 Educational Outlook: Issues to Watch

2015 may mark the beginning of some big changes in education in Greater Philadelphia -- many of which align with the priorities laid out in our shared World Class agenda. From key policy issues like fair funding to debates over curricula and teacher evaluations, here are a few key areas to watch... Read More
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