August 11, 2016 |
The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry will receive a $250,000 federal grant to conduct a cost-benefit analysis for different paid family-leave models. The grant, awarded Tuesday by the U.S. Department of Labor's Women's Bureau, is part of $3 million in research grants distributed to 17 states and municipalities to analyze how paid-leave programs can be developed and implemented. As part of its work, the Pennsylvania's labor department will conduct a feasibility study of a state administrative infrastructure to support a paid family leave program.
August 7, 2016 |
The SS United States won't sail again. Earlier this year, a luxury cruise operator and the nonprofit that owns the long-retired ocean liner docked in South Philadelphia announced an effort to return the aged ship to its former life as a glamorous ocean liner. But after a feasibility study, Crystal Cruises and the SS United States Conservancy have determined that refurbishing the ship to sail would be too challenging, the groups announced Friday. "Unfortunately, the hurdles that would face us when trying to bring a 65-year-old vessel up to modern safety, design, and international regulatory compliance have proven just too great to clear in both a technically and commercially responsible manner," Crystal president and CEO Edie Rodriguez said in a statement.
May 27, 2016 |
If you are a business owner in Philadelphia who owes taxes, consider paying up now. Mayor Kenney said Wednesday that the city was weighing selling business-tax debts to third-party collectors as a way to collect millions owed in Business Income and Receipt Taxes (BIRT). City officials are looking at the legality of such a sale and will also conduct a feasibility study to determine the amount such a sale could generate, Kenney said. "A tax-debt sale could be a vital tool for the city to bring in delinquent tax dollars," Kenney said.
February 17, 2016 |
Rowan University is preparing to take the first steps toward creating a medical school campus in Atlantic City, extending the footprint of its growing medical programs and potentially tapping a new student base there. Rowan trustees are set to vote Wednesday on a feasibility study to explore an Atlantic City partnership between the Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine and AtlantiCare. Trustees will vote on awarding a contract to the Pittsburgh-based consulting firm Tripp Umbach to conduct the study "to understand the impacts associated with a potential four-year branch campus of a medical school," according to the agenda for Wednesday's board meeting.
February 12, 2016
ISSUE | SS UNITED STATES Restore ship's sparkle in Philadelphia The SS United States Conservancy has tentatively sold the venerable ocean liner to a cruise company that, pending a feasibility study, could take it to another port for refurbishing ("Liner faces a long voyage," Monday). Philadelphia's waterfront has been its home for 20 years, and Philadelphians have poured more than $10 million into preserving it to date. Why isn't Philadelphia being considered as the site of its rebirth?
February 6, 2016 |
NEW YORK - The deal announced here Thursday was the one nobody expected - an attempt to restore the aged, rusting SS United States to a glamorous ocean liner and sail it across the world. The luxury operator Crystal Cruises has signed an option agreement with the ship's owner, the SS United States Conservancy, that its chief executive said could see the iconic vessel ferrying passengers to faraway ports as early as 2018, thus ending the liner's two-decade docking in South Philadelphia.
December 10, 2015 |
Temple University postponed plans Tuesday to study building a $100 million football stadium on its North Philadelphia campus, following opposition from Mayor-elect Jim Kenney. Patrick O'Connor, chairman of Temple's board of trustees, said university officials would meet with Kenney and his team within the next week to talk about the university's interest in placing a 35,000-seat stadium at the northwest corner of campus. O'Connor's announcement came at a meeting of the trustees.
October 5, 2014 |
To improve safety for pedestrians between 30th Street Station and the nearby medical complex in West Philadelphia, planners will get $75,000 for a new study announced Friday by the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission. As part of $1.2 million in grants in Philadelphia and its neighboring Pennsylvania counties, the city's Commerce Department will use the money to focus on improving six intersections and transit options in University City. The grants of federal and state funds were part of the planning commission's Transportation and Community Development Initiative, which seeks to coordinate local transportation improvements with land-use planning.
November 12, 2012 |
Drexel University's entrepreneurial president has set his sights on the possibility of building over and developing part of the Schuylkill Rail Yards, long ogled by visionaries for its expansive prospects yet largely untouched because of the potential infrastructure problems it poses. President John A. Fry is embarking on a university-funded million-dollar-plus feasibility study with Amtrak and SEPTA to determine options. Could 30th Street Station and its West Philadelphia community be connected to the Art Museum and Center City via an elevated platform built atop the rail yards?
September 19, 2012 |
When the governor of New Jersey visits a small town, it's a big deal. When he is also a signatory to the U.S. Constitution, it's historic. The Cherry Hill actor Christian Johnson's portrayal of the Garden State's first chief executive, William Livingston, charmed an audience Saturday at the Indian King Tavern Museum in Haddonfield. The performer, 74, and the governor (who lived from 1723 to 1790) were on familiar turf. Johnson is a longtime booster of the Indian King, and Livingston worked and took refuge there during the British occupation of Trenton.