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    Updates and insight on education & talent development, business growth, and infrastructure in Greater Philadelphia
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Regional Direction
June 24th 2014

Tracking Progress for Smarter Investments

Back in 2009, we launched the World Class initiative with the goal of developing and sustaining a new way of working together to achieve big goals for our region. And over the last several years, we’ve engaged countless civic and business leaders not only to establish a shared vision of a World... Read More
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Education & Talent
June 23rd 2014

High Quality Pre-K: A Wise Investment

Contributing writer John Miller explores why both local and national business leaders support investing in high-quality early learning. This is the final installment in a two-part series focused on early childhood education (for part one, click here).   As the Roaring Twenties careened to a... Read More
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Education & Talent
May 19th 2014

5 Questions for Stacy Holland, Chief of Strategic Partnerships for the Philadelphia School District

Earlier this year, the Philadelphia School District released a new Action Plan (v2.0) outlining its current and planned priorities. The plan is organized around four "anchor goals" that closely align with the World Class agenda for K-12 education (Read more in What Makes the Philadelphia School... Read More
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Education & Talent
May 19th 2014

State Leads on Early Education

In his 2014 State of the Union address, President Obama called on state and federal legislators to invest in early childhood education. It’s not the first time he’s called for improving educational foundations for children. While this support is important, the real action, as with most education... Read More
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April 18th 2014

Learning from Boston Strong for a Better Philadelphia

For me, the two most anxious weeks of the year are the homestretch of the Greater Philadelphia Leadership Exchange application period. While the Economy League staff always patiently endure my worries that our applications will be down, they know from experience that the vast majority are submitted... 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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March 20th 2014

What Will New Funding Mean for SEPTA?

According to figures released last week  by the American Public Transportation Association (APTA), transit ridership across the US in 2013 was at its highest point in 57 years. Here in Greater Philadelphia, SEPTA has seen a significant uptick in usage over the past decade, with ridership growing... Read More
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Education & Talent
March 20th 2014

What Makes the Philadelphia School District's New Action Plan World Class

With the release last month of the Philadelphia School District's Action Plan (v2.0), Superintendent Dr. William Hite and other District leaders have charted an updated course for K-12 education. There’s little question that improving outcomes for the nearly 200,000 students the District serves is... Read More
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Business Growth
March 20th 2014

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

In anticipation of Philly Tech Week next month, we are posting an in-depth look at the region’s evolving tech startup scene that Economy League Managing Director for Regional Engagement Josh Sevin prepared for last fall’s Greater Philadelphia Leadership Exchange. In the first of a two-part series,... Read More
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Education & Talent
February 7th 2014

Where We Are, Where We're Going: Pre-K in PA

Pre-k is a hot topic right now. As evidence piles up that high-quality pre-k is a wise investment with a lasting impact, it’s been the subject of high-profile op-eds in the New York Times and Wall Street Journal and featured in the President’s two most recent state of the union speeches. Currently,... Read More
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