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October 22nd 2020

Billy Penn: COVID wrecking your mental health? New initiative will award $100k to pilot solutions for Philly millennials

Smoking more, drinking more alcohol and using more recreational drugs — all while mental health problems grow. That’s been the growing landscape for millennials in the Philadelphia region and across the country for several years now, according to federal data. Millennials suffer from more anxiety... Read More
October 19th 2020

Economy League and Independence Blue Cross Launch Well City Challenge to Seek Community Solutions for Addressing Millennial Health

On Oct. 26, the Economy League of Greater Philadelphia (ELGP) and Independence Blue Cross (Independence) are joining forces to launch the Well City Challenge to take a deeper dive into millennials' physical and mental health challenges -- and they are looking for home-grown, community-generated... Read More
April 22nd 2020

New Economy League Study Explores Economic Impact of Pennsylvania Legal Pardons

Evaluating a decade’s worth of data, the Economy League’s in-depth study analyzes pardons and proposes policy options to increase pardons as a positive economic tool.   PHILADELPHIA (Apr. 22, 2020) – The Economy League of Greater Philadelphia released its new report, Pardons as an Economic... Read More
February 13th 2020

New Hires

PHILADELPHIA (Feb. 13, 2020) – The Economy League of Greater Philadelphia, the region’s think-and-do tank that addresses critical issues facing the Greater Philadelphia area, has brought on four new staff members to help the organization continue to provide impactful research, connect diverse... Read More
September 28th 2018

Growing Our Communities Now and In the Future Together: The Role of Think Tanks in the 21st Century

This week 150 leaders from Philadelphia are visiting Seattle, and a think tank, the Economy League of Greater Philadelphia, is leading the way. In the 21st century, policy change doesn’t happen without engaged citizens, and it increasingly happens on the local level. Read More
September 28th 2018

Billy Penn: Why 150 Philly leaders are spending the weekend in Seattle

This weekend, several dozen leaders from various Philadelphia companies, nonprofits, agencies and institutions will come together to discuss ways to move the city forward. Like other local “convenings” — the trendy term for this kind of confab — the gathering is designed encourage collaboration and... Read More
June 21st 2018

Overhauling its bus network may be on SEPTA’s schedule soon

Buses are the sick man of SEPTA’s transit options. Though overall ridership has remained relatively flat, bus trips have fallen 33 million, or 17 percent, over the last five years. Now, after a yearlong examination, transit consultant Jarrett Walker has turned in his official diagnosis: A complete... Read More
April 19th 2018

Broke in Philly? Nearly half of us are

For the last decade, Philadelphia has been unable to shake its notorious distinction as the poorest big city in the United States. More than a quarter of the city’s residents are experiencing poverty, meaning a family of four earns less than $25,100 per year. Forty percent of those are struggling to... Read More
March 28th 2018

Greater Philadelphia added 420 new tech jobs in 2017, CompTIA report says

A new report from CompTIA shows tech job growth in Philadelphia stayed flat from 2016 to 2017, adding just 420 net tech jobs. That puts the region 34th in terms of net tech employment jobs added, but with about 222,200 tech workers in Greater Philadelphia, the region ranks as 13th in the country for... Read More
March 23rd 2018

Analysis of the City of Philadelphia Five-Year Plan

To aid in deliberation around the City of Philadelphia FY2019 budget and FY2019-2023 Five-Year Plan, the Economy League has compiled analysis to situate budget discussions within the broader context of the Philadelphia economy in 2018 and examine key linkages between the Five-Year Plan and what we... Read More
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