September 14, 2016
By Edward G. Rendell, Thomas J. Ridge, and Rebecca W. Rimel What do Pope Francis, singer and human-rights advocate Bono, and both the Republican and Democratic national committees have in common? In the last two decades, they chose Philadelphia as the best place to advance their values and mission. And the audience was worldwide. Twenty years ago, Google was still a research project at Stanford. The iPhone was more than a decade away. And Netflix hadn't started mailing DVDs.
August 20, 2016 |
Among the nation's largest cities, Philadelphia offers the most business tax breaks, forgoing more than $200 million a year in revenue as a result, a study by the Pew Charitable Trusts found. The report, released Thursday, looked at business tax incentives and exemptions between 2001 to 2003 and 2010 to 2012, the most recent complete set of tax data. It determined that between 2010 and 2012, the city forgave an average of $110 million annually in business incentives and $106 million in industry tax exemptions.
July 19, 2016 |
Anthony J. Conti has become the chair of the board of managers of the Philadelphia Foundation. A board member since 2011, Conti has chaired the nominating and governance committee and is currently leading the board's strategic planning committee. He retired as a partner at PWC, Philadelphia. Conti succeeds Lawrence J. Beaser , a partner at Blank Rome L.L.P. SolomonEdwards' managing partner Brian Markley has been named to the board of Business Leadership Organized for Catholic Schools.
July 13, 2016 |
Health club memberships, political contributions, and $3,000 line-dancing lessons are among the expenses that a well-connected Philadelphia lobbyist is accused of illegally charging to a state grant program meant to help welfare recipients land steady jobs. Now, Melonease Shaw - who has at times worked as the city's lobbyist in Harrisburg, and who was, until her arrest, seeking the job again - faces a court hearing next week on charges including theft, deceptive business practices, and tampering with public records.
May 21, 2016 |
A new study by the Pew Charitable Trusts suggests that the gentrification of Philadelphia neighborhoods may be far less common than assumed. Only 15 of the city's 372 residential census tracts - 4 percent - gentrified between 2000 and 2014, the analysis found. Ten times as many tracts experienced significant drops in median income, as the number of residents living in poverty grew by more than 60,000. "I was a little surprised to see how few of the neighborhoods qualified as gentrified," said Larry Eichel, director of Pew's Philadelphia research initiative.
May 13, 2016 |
The long-standing custom of giving Philadelphia City Council members complete control over land use in their districts, known as councilmanic prerogative, took a beating in federal court Wednesday when a jury said it was used by a Council member to punish a political foe. Developer Ori Feibush had accused Councilman Kenyatta Johnson of blocking his attempts to buy two city-owned lots after he announced plans to run against Johnson in the 2015 Democratic...
May 3, 2016 |
Aqua America Inc., Bryn Mawr, has hired Susan F. Haindl as chief administrative officer. She had been a vice president at Anexinet, a provider of digital business solutions, and prior to that was managing director, operations, for the Pew Charitable Trusts. Univest Insurance, a subsidiary of Univest Bank & Trust Co., Souderton, has named Dennis Boyle senior vice president and employee-benefits practice leader. He had been vice president of sales for the eastern region at employee-benefits firm Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. Bryn Mawr Bank Corp., parent of Bryn Mawr Trust Co., has named Noel Collins, Brian K. Snyder, and Roderick A. Ward as vice presidents and relationship managers.
April 28, 2016 |
Six months before Durga Dulal arrived in Philadelphia as a refugee from Bhutan, fire swept through the U.N. camp in the Himalayas where she, her husband, and their four children lived, consuming all they owned. Five years later, the memory still makes the otherwise sunny woman's eyes well. Her family, she said, was traumatized - though it fared better than three camp neighbors who, despondent over their losses, committed suicide. Dulal, 46, was unburdening herself to a social worker at the Philadelphia Refugee Mental Health Collaborative, an innovative program that since 2011 has helped refugees not only heal from past ordeals, but also overcome the culture shock of life in America.
April 3, 2016
Larry Eichel and Katie Martinare are with the Pew Charitable Trusts' Philadelphia research initiative, which studies key issues facing Philadelphia. Philadelphia in 2016 is a growing city undergoing a sweeping transformation, most evident in the age and diversity of those who live here. The city's population has risen for nine consecutive years, up a further 5,880 in the most recent count. The increase since 2006 stands at 78,732, a stark reversal after a decrease of nearly 600,000 over the previous five decades.
March 24, 2016 |
Pew Charitable Trusts said Tuesday it will give $8.59 million over the next three years to 45 Philadelphia-area groups that help the region's low-income children, youth, and their families. The Center City foundation it expected the grants annually to assist more than 22,000 local young people. The poverty rate for children in the city is 37 percent, Pew said. The grants from the Pew Fund for Health and Human Services is geared to these areas: early education and child care; prevention and early intervention services to reduce behavioral and academic problems; mental health services; quality after-school programs; and helping parents secure and retain public benefits and services to strengthen household stability.