June 19, 2015
ISSUE | WORKFORCE Partnership worth investment re-up Pennsylvania is known nationally for connecting workforce training to the needs of key industries, creating workers with the capabilities needed for high productivity, healthy profits, and good wages. The state's Industry Partnership program has even helped shape a new federal workforce law that will be implemented shortly. Through the simple step of bringing businesses together to identify common personnel challenges and opportunities, more than 100,000 workers have been up-skilled since 2005.
April 29, 2015 |
As they walked through M&S Centerless Grinding in Hatboro on Monday, its president, John Shegda, told Gov. Wolf that his company - and its workforce - have expanded dramatically in recent years. The company, founded by Shegda's father in the 1950s, makes precision rods and tubes for products ranging from pacemakers to guided missiles. One of his machines uses a computer-guided laser to cut rods "within 20 millionths of an inch," Shegda said. Wolf used a tour of the Montgomery County plant to emphasize the need to match career training with local employers' needs.
April 29, 2015 |
The shrill blast of a lifeguard's whistle transports me from the Kroc Center in Camden back to a childhood swimming spot in Western Massachusetts. But the nostalgia must wait, because I've come to the Kroc's water park to watch a group of Camden students take an introductory swim lesson. And their bus just pulled up outside. "A lot of kids in this area don't have access" to lessons, aquatics supervisor Jim Warner says, standing in the lobby as 20 Davis School first graders arrive.
February 12, 2015 |
In a holistic effort to address some medical needs in Camden, students from Rutgers-Camden and Rowan University will provide health care alongside legal services in a new medical-legal partnership. The Rowan University/Rutgers-Camden Board of Governors authorized $25,000 in seed money for the program during its regular meeting Tuesday afternoon. Students at Cooper Medical School of Rowan University already provide care through student-run clinics. Rutgers-Camden law, nursing, and social-work students will join the Rowan students, alongside faculty from both universities and staff from the Camden Coalition of Health Care Providers, to help Camden residents with health-care needs beyond direct medical assistance.
December 20, 2014 |
Nextdoor.com, a for-profit social-networking site, and the Nutter administration announced a partnership Thursday that will enable the city to communicate directly with Nextdoor's 17,000 local users. It will allow the city to more narrowly focus its online interactions with residents who belong to the online network. The Streets Department, for example, will be able to send a notification of a street closing to residents in the affected neighborhoods. "This offers us a cost-effective method to communicate with residents in a targeted way," Managing Director Rich Negrin said.
December 16, 2014 |
City Council President Darrell L. Clarke, whose opposition killed the $1.86 billion sale of Philadelphia Gas Works, has an alternative plan in mind for the city-owned utility. He can't talk about details. "There is a proposal I can be comfortable with," Clarke told Inquirer editors and reporters recently, just hours before UIL Holdings Corp. announced it was pulling out of its deal to buy PGW, ending Mayor Nutter's two-year effort to privatize the utility. Clarke said he favored some kind of public-private partnership concept in which the city retained ownership of PGW. He said he could not reveal specifics: "It's not available yet. " He cited several cities with municipal utilities - Jacksonville, Memphis, San Antonio, and Allentown - as models for operating public-private partnerships.
November 9, 2014 |
Liberty Energy Trust L.L.C., founded by a Russian-born, Harvard-trained former Enron executive, had several strikes against it when it bid to buy the city-owned Philadelphia Gas Works. Liberty has no assets and no utility operating experience. Its offer to buy PGW was $160 million shy of UIL Holdings Corp.'s winning $1.86 billion bid. It finished out of the running. But Liberty had one winning quality that seems to have intrigued members of Philadelphia's City Council: political juice.
November 1, 2014 |
Michael "Killer Mike" Render and Jaime "El-P" Meline have spent so much time together that they finish each other's sentences. How close are they? "We're brothers," Meline says in a phone interview just as Render says they've rarely been separated since 2011. That's when El produced Killer Mike's R.A.P. Music . The two rappers then joined together as Run the Jewels for a 2013 eponymous debut album and tour. Now, they've just released Run the Jewels 2 and there's talk of Run the Jewels 3 sprinkled throughout the chat.
October 22, 2014 |
A $253 million bond offering planned for this week by the New Jersey Casino Reinvestment Development Authority includes $60 million that will be paid to Pitney Bowes Inc. for a settlement linked to a renovation of Atlantic City's Boardwalk Hall that started in 1998. New Jersey and Pitney Bowes, of Stamford, Conn., formed a partnership in 2000 to take advantage of federal historic building rehabilitation tax credits in connection with the project at the Boardwalk complex that hosts the Miss America pageant.
September 27, 2014 |
Abington Health is exploring a "unique" partnership with Center City's Jefferson Health System, Abington told employees in a letter Wednesday from chief executive Larry Merlis and chief of staff John J. Kelly. The Montgomery County health system said the talks were part of a broader effort to find a partner. "We are pleased to inform you that Abington Health is exploring options for aligning with another major health system through a strategic partnership that will ensure Abington will thrive in the future as we care for our patients in the rapidly evolving health-care environment," the letter said.