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    Updates and insight on education & talent development, business growth, and infrastructure in Greater Philadelphia
  • GPLEX Boston 2014
GPLEX
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
  • Business Growth Tech Startups
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
  • Infrastructure SEPTA Transit
Infrastructure
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
  • Education & Talent Development Student Raising Hand
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
  • Business Growth Discussion
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
  • Education & Talent Development Pre-K
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
  • Pre-K for PA Launch
Education & Talent
January 23rd 2014

Pre-K for PA Campaign Launch

We are pleased to announce that the Economy League, along with our partners, officially launched the Pre-K for PA campaign today. The goal of Pre-K for PA is to ensure that all Pennsylvania children are ready to succeed. Our vision is that every 3- and 4-year-old in the Commonwealth has access to... Read More
  • Business Growth Innovation
Business Growth
December 20th 2013

Innovation Center Investments Adding Up in University City

Is the dream of University City becoming an elite urban innovation center on a par with Cambridge on the verge of becoming a reality? Josh Sevin examines how recent developments are propelling forward a vision for University City as a startup hub. Read More
  • Education & Talent Development Postsecondary Credentials
Education & Talent
December 20th 2013

Celebrating Postsecondary Success

Earlier this month, three local efforts to improve college access and degree completion were honored as part of Talent Greater Philly's first-annual "Regional Challenges" competition. As Laura Johnson explains, the honorees were selected from an impressive pool of programs making a difference across... Read More
  • Infrastructure Transportation
Infrastructure
December 20th 2013

The Road to Funding

Given the circumstances just a week prior, the fact that on Monday, November 25th, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett signed into law a $2.4 billion funding package for transportation across the Commonwealth was nothing short of remarkable. The roller-coaster week that preceded the Governor's... Read More
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