March 20, 2015 |
Bravo Group, a Harrisburg public relations and lobbying firm with a stable of big energy industry clients, has hired a Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection executive to lead its energy and environmental practice. Jeffrey M. Logan, who has worked in various state agencies for 20 years, most recently served as DEP executive deputy secretary during the Corbett administration. Bravo's energy clients include Sunoco, Sunoco Logistics, Philadelphia Energy Solutions, Southwestern Energy, Cabot Oil & Gas, Dow Chemical and the Pennsylvania Steel Alliance.
March 11, 2015 |
The ghost hunters and the Ivy League professors were 40 minutes into their investigation at the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology when Projit B. Mukharji felt something. The rest of the group had fanned out across the darkened Harrison Auditorium, a spacious art deco room with a coffered dome. The paranormal sleuths were training their temperature guns and "electromagnetic frequency meters" - tools that, in theory, register changes should a spirit be present.
March 8, 2015 |
When a sensational dancer first steps onstage, it's as exciting for me as for an astronomer discovering a nova. Zachary Hench gave such a moment when he flashed his star quality stepping out as Prince Siegfried in Christopher Wheeldon's production of Swan Lake in 2004. Newly commissioned by Pennsylvania Ballet, it was a million-dollar gamble I hope has paid off in real money as much as it does in artistic quality and innovation. I reviewed that premiere, but looking back on it, I did not fully appreciate its value.
March 7, 2015 |
David Gray, who has been serving as interim executive director of the Pennsylvania Ballet since last summer, has had his interim status removed and will manage the company going forward, ballet board chair David Hoffman announced Thursday. Hoffman touted Gray's "strong leadership style and breadth of experience in ballet, nonprofit, and financial communities" in making the announcement. Gray, 55, who began in the press office of the New York City Ballet and then became a certified financial planner and consultant to many nonprofits facing change, has also been executive director of the American Repertory Ballet, New Jersey's largest dance organization.
March 6, 2015 |
Two public-policy centers in the Philadelphia region are joining forces with the goal of improving civics education in schools. The Rendell Center for Civics and Civic Engagement, created in 2013 in collaboration with the National Constitution Center, has relocated from Arcadia University in Glenside to the Annenberg Public Policy Center at the University of Pennsylvania, the institutions announced Wednesday. The Rendell Center, a nonprofit led by Judge Marjorie O. Rendell of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, develops civics lessons for lower grades, while the Annenberg Center has worked with middle and high schools.
March 4, 2015
A Business column Sunday on Pennsylvania and international trade misidentified the Economy League of Greater Philadelphia and the World Trade Center of Greater Philadelphia.
February 25, 2015 |
WASHINGTON - As he begins his tenure facing a $2 billion budget gap, struggling schools, and aging bridges and roads, Gov. Wolf said there's another key area to improve: his state's self-esteem. "I think one of the responsibilities that leadership in Pennsylvania [has] to address head on - not only the structural issues in education, transportation, all those things, but also the psychological issues that keep us, hold us, back," Wolf told other governors during a panel discussion of their states' economic challenges.
February 8, 2015 |
Excitement filled the Merriam Theater on Thursday night as the Pennsylvania Ballet presented a program featuring a world premiere by resident choreographer Matthew Neenan and a trio of rising stars. Mayara Pineiro, who joined the corps last fall, was outstanding in Neenan's Shift to Minor . Brand-new soloist Oksana Maslova distinguished herself - with the superb Ian Hussey as her partner - in Christopher Wheeldon's Polyphonia . And Alexander Peters, a Pennsylvania Ballet apprentice just three years ago, was a revelation in the title role of George Balanchine's Prodigal Son . Set to a piano score by György Ligeti played by the excellent Martha Koeneman, Polyphonia was an impressive opener.
January 22, 2015
NEW GOV. Wolf has made increasing state aid to public education one of his priorities, but to do anything about it now would be putting the cart before the horse. Before the debate begins in Harrisburg over how much to give the public schools, a decision should be made on the formula by which the money is handed out. A special commission is looking into the matter and its recommendations are due in June. One thing everyone agrees on is that the current method is out-of-date and unfair.
January 9, 2015 |
Gov.-elect Tom Wolf's "Fresh Start for Pennsylvania" campaign promised better school funding, plus economic stimulus to create more jobs. Voters approved. But "Pennsylvania's tax base is not expanding at a fast-enough pace to maintain current levels," let alone fund more spending, warned Tom Kozlik , municipal credit analyst at Janney Capital Markets , the largest investment banking group based in Pennsylvania. Pennsylvania's reputation among bond buyers is already low enough that the state has to pay a 0.3 percent surcharge over the interest rate charged for top-rated states such as Delaware, Virginia, and Utah, Kozlik noted in a report to clients Wednesday.