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Rob Wonderling

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Expectations of our future Philadelphia workforce

Late last week, the Philadelphia School Reform Commission (SRC) voted to dissolve itself. After nearly 16 years of existence, the commission, which primarily served to govern over Philadelphia’s public, district-managed and charter schools, will hand these responsibilities over to the city on...

Tuesday, November 21, 2017, 5:00 AM

Chamber seeks to grow Pennsylvania

For as long as I can remember, I have had an immense sense of pride for the state that I have always called home. I remember learning about the treacherous winter 1777 in Valley Forge where George Washington was headquartered during the midst of the Revolutionary War, thinking about the Battle of...

Wednesday, November 8, 2017, 5:00 AM

Access to capital for Philadelphia’s middle market

Pilot Freight Services, located in Lima, Pennsylvania, is a full-service global transportation company. Established in 1970, it has grown to over 75 locations worldwide that provide freight shipping services for businesses across the globe. It also happens to be one of over 3,500 middle market...

Tuesday, October 10, 2017, 5:00 AM

Talent will bring Amazon’s HQ2 to Philadelphia

Amazon has laid down the criteria that the location for its newest headquarters – HQ2 – needs to have in order to be named victor. While Greater Philadelphia meets every requirement, including being a metropolitan area with more than one million people and having space for an urban...

Tuesday, September 26, 2017, 5:00 AM

With growth and prosperity for all

In the 2014 movie "Lucy," Scarlett Johansen’s character gets injected with a drug that enhances her mental capabilities to their full capacity, rendering her able to escape her captors, ignore physical discomforts and travel mentally through time. It is based on the premise...

Tuesday, August 29, 2017, 5:00 AM

Greater Philadelphia: The future of healthcare

The Greater Philadelphia region has always been a hub for the life sciences. This hub was established hundreds of years ago with the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. In 1765, it stood as the first and only medical school in the original 13 colonies of our country. In Surgeon Hall on...

Tuesday, August 15, 2017, 5:00 AM

Philly's Navy yard is a force of innovation

In 1776, a war for independence was raging between Great Britain and the 13 colonies of what would one day become the United States of America. It was that same year the Continental Congress leased land in Philadelphia to support naval defense, and in 1868, what is known today as the Navy Yard...

Tuesday, August 1, 2017, 5:00 AM

PHL: A global destination

I was travelling through Old City the other day. As I passed Independence Hall, I noticed a long line of people snaking around the block that had come to see this historic landmark. When you live and work in Philadelphia, it’s sometimes easy to forget that people travel from all around the...

Tuesday, July 18, 2017, 5:00 AM

An action plan for the Philly region's infrastructure

In anticipation of President Trump’s proposal to generate a trillion-dollar investment for our nation’s infrastructure, the CEO Council for Growth, a council of the Chamber of Commerce for Greater Philadelphia, worked with public and private partners to develop a plan called “...

Wednesday, July 5, 2017, 5:00 AM

Can Pennsylvania keep growing?

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, for the first time in 31 years, Pennsylvania’s population declined in 2016 – dropping by more than 7,600 residents. In fact, Pennsylvania is one of only eight states to lose population over that 12-month period. In addition, Pennsylvania’s...

Tuesday, June 6, 2017, 5:00 AM

Discussions to feed growth in Philly

Growing up in Lebanon County, my family often had supper with neighbors and folks who were visiting the area. Sitting around a table discussing everything from crops to politics gave me insight into what was going on around the world but also a better understanding of how people felt about the...

Tuesday, May 23, 2017, 5:00 AM

Higher education is driving the Philadelphia region

The Greater Philadelphia region has long been known for its strengths in many sectors, including the manufacturing, life sciences and technology fields. These industries drive growth and prosperity that reach far beyond the 11-county region. The force behind what drives such a strong economy is...

Monday, May 8, 2017, 5:00 PM

Chamber of Commerce committed to diversity

I had three childhood heroes: Abe Lincoln, Roberto Clemente and Martin Luther King Jr. Although I did not realize it at the time, all three of these iconic individuals ended up with tragic and early ends as a result of their unwavering commitment to serve others. More specifically, Abe, Roberto...

Tuesday, April 18, 2017, 5:00 AM

Philadelphia's tech scene emerges as powerful economic force

When you think of cities that are known for technology, you probably think of the West Coast clichés like Silicon Valley and Seattle. Yet Philadelphia’s tech scene has slowly been surfacing on the national map as an emerging technology hub. The region’s information technology...

Tuesday, April 4, 2017, 5:00 AM

A Melting Pot of Prosperity

Back in the late 1880’s, when America was truly considered a melting pot, Fredolin Wunderlich with no money in his pocket emigrated from Germany to Philadelphia. He tried his hand in farming, failed, then ended up in Western Pennsylvania working deep into the ground as a coal miner.It was at this...

Tuesday, March 21, 2017, 5:00 AM

Greater Philadelphia’s Southeastern Pa. leading economic growth

Pennsylvania has long been known as the “Keystone State” because of its central location within the original 13 colonies. More than its geographical location was the vital role it played in both holding together and driving forward the newly conceived union that has evolved into the United States...

Tuesday, March 7, 2017, 5:00 AM

Sustaining Our Future Workforce

I will never forget my first REAL job. I was in 7th grade and employed after school by the Landis Cardboard Box Company.I did all sorts of odd jobs inside and outside of the factory. The jobs were not really that big of a deal in the grand scheme of things, ­­but the paycheck most certainly was. It...

Tuesday, February 21, 2017, 5:00 AM

Greater Philadelphia’s middle market spurs economic growth

When you put the words “business” and “Greater Philadelphia” together in a sentence, people’s minds will most likely conjure images of corporate giants that are headquartered in the region, such as Comcast in Center City, DuPont in Wilmington, Delaware, or AmerisourceBergen in Chesterbrook,...

Tuesday, February 7, 2017, 3:30 PM

A Philadelphia for all citizens

When I moved to Philadelphia in 1984 for my first job, I would oftentimes, weather permitting, ride my bike to get to where I needed to go.Growing up in central Pennsylvania meant watching a lot of cornfields and wide open terrains pass by, whatever your means of travelling were. In Philadelphia,...

Tuesday, January 24, 2017, 5:00 AM

Making history today

If you ask 100 people on the street to play a word association game and gave them the words “Civil War” and “Pennsylvania,” most of them would probably reply, “Gettysburg.” Of course, there’s no doubt that the battle of Gettysburg was a pivotal event in the course of the war, but numerous other...

Tuesday, January 10, 2017, 5:00 AM