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Rob Wonderling

Convening thought leaders across the region

The Greater Philadelphia region has one of the most highly concentrated college and university populations in the country. There are almost 100 higher education institutions located throughout the 11 counties, with 440,000 students that attain approximately 90,000 degrees annually, making Greater...

Wednesday, December 6, 2017 - 5:00am

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 - 5:06am

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 - 10:35am

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 - 5:00am

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 - 5:03am

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 - 10:39am

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 - 5:06am

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 - 5:03am

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 - 5:03am

Building our future workforce

Last week marked Workforce Development Week. To strengthen our city’s position for the long term and bridge the economic disparities that so many Philadelphia residents face, we need to work with our businesses to understand their employment needs while partnering with educators to assure...

Tuesday, June 20, 2017 - 5:03am

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 - 5:06am