May 30, 2013
The Economy League of Greater Philadelphia recently became the newest partner of the Center for Economic Development (CED) at Carnegie Mellon University’s H. John Heinz III College. The Economy League joins eleven other institutions from the Pittsburgh and Philadelphia regions with key roles in economic, community, and technology development in the Keystone State who have partnered with the Center. Steve Wray, the Economy League’s Executive Director, is now the eleventh Executive Fellow of the CED.
As noted by its website, The Economy League of Greater Philadelphia brings together regional leaders and organizations across all sectors to address the most pressing and challenging issues facing the Greater Philadelphia region. Built on its historic foundation of independent, high-quality analysis and practical insight, the Economy League sparks new ideas, develops strategies, and galvanizes action to make Greater Philadelphia a globally competitive region.
One example of its efforts is World Class Greater Philadelphia, a business- and civic-led initiative to develop and advance a shared agenda for regional growth and opportunity in the Philadelphia area. Facilitated by the Economy League, this initiative leverages the collective power of the region’s business, nonprofit, government, labor, and community leaders to focus and collaborate for lasting regional impact in three primary areas: education & talent development, business growth, and infrastructure. See this link for more about this initiative and the vision and strategies that have emerged from it.
The Economy League also regularly brings practical policy research to bear on important issues that have major implications for the Greater Philadelphia region and the Commonwealth at large. One example is a report that it recently completed on the statewide economic value of the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority; the major public transit operator for the Greater Philadelphia region. A more widely publicized example is the Economy League’s assessment of the fiscal and economic impacts of expanding Medicaid to low-income Pennsylvanians as part of the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare). More information on both reports can be found here and here.
“We are tremendously excited to have both the Economy League of Greater Philadelphia on board as a partner and Steve Wray on board as an Executive Fellow,” said Greg Lagana, Director of Projects at the CED, “this is our first partnership with an EDO outside the Pittsburgh region, and it represents an important evolutionary step for us. The fact is that the economic and equitable progress of both the Pittsburgh and Philadelphia regions are going to increasingly depend on mutual recognition, illumination, and cooperation on the policy challenges that they and other regions of the Commonwealth face together. I can’t think of a better organization to partner with so that our students can engage those challenges”.
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