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April 19th 2017

How changes to H-1B visas could impact Philadelphia's tech scene

A significant roll back of the U.S. H-1B visa program could deal a blow to Philadelphia’s growing tech ecosystem, experts and industry players said this week in reaction to the executive order President Donald Trump signed Tuesday targeting the program. Read More
April 10th 2017

What would Trump’s budget mean for Philadelphia transit?

If Congress adopts President Donald J. Trump’s budget proposals, not much would change in Philadelphia, transportation-wise. And that’s a problem, the region’s boosters say. SEPTA is considering two major service expansions—extending the Norristown High Speed Line (NHSL) to King of Prussia and the... Read More
February 21st 2017

Why University City Science Center is betting big on these 3 health projects

Three promising technologies that seek to improve the efficacy of medical care earned a big boost from the University City Science Center on Monday, with a total of $600,000 in research grants announced through the center’s QED Proof of Concept Program. Read More
February 7th 2017

Economy League, Pre-K Advocates Urge Bipartisan Support of 2017-18 Investment Proposal

The Economy League of Greater Philadelphia, a founding member of the Pre-K for PA campaign, joins other Pre-K for PA partners in support of Gov. Wolf’s announcement of a $75 million expansion for high-quality pre-k as part of his 2017-18 budget address. Read More
January 17th 2017

Moul, more business leaders to Philadelphia: Build a more inclusive economy

January 17, 2017 Dell Poncet, Managing Editor   Longtime tech entrepreneur Bob Moul made a public admission recently that surprised a lot of people: He never went to college, and he doesn’t think that’s a bad thing.   The CEO of Cloudamize — and past CEO of Artisan Mobile and Boomi — said... Read More
December 21st 2016

Economy League Announces Resignation of Steve Wray as Executive Director

Philadelphia, PA – The Economy League of Greater Philadelphia today announced that its executive director, Steve Wray, will be resigning from his position at the Economy League in spring of 2017. Read More
November 28th 2016

Commentary: Lessons learned from L.A. can help address Philly problems

November 28, 2016 By Christina Chepel, Julie Coker Graham, Peter Gonzales, and Hugh Lavery, Philadelphia Inquirer   In some ways, Philadelphia couldn't be more different from Los Angeles. We're an old Northeast corridor region known for our "eds and meds" industry strengths. They are a sunny... Read More
November 3rd 2016

University City Science Center QED program fuels 5 startups with $4.84M in funding: Study

The University City Science Center’s QED proof-of-concept program, designed to bridge the funding gap between the point of discovery and commercialization in the life sciences and health care technology industry, received an in-depth performance evaluation that was released Wednesday night. Read More
November 3rd 2016

If SEPTA strike lasts long, local economy could lose millions: Experts

November 3, 2016 Kenneth Hilario, Reporter   As more people find alternate modes of transportation to their destinations during the SEPTA strike, experts say the standstill will be no more than an inconvenience in the short-term, but in the long-term it could cause tens to hundreds of... Read More
October 13th 2016

Economy League: Philadelphia can learn from L.A.

October 13, 2016 Kenneth Hilario, Reporter, Philadelphia Business Journal   Philadelphians may want Los Angeles sunny skies, sun-kissed skin and Hollywood starlets’ figures, but local business leaders instead brought home ideas the City of Brotherly Love could learn from La La Land.   The... Read More
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