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New York’s High Line Fuels Wave of Urban Renewal Projects

According to a study conducted by Michael Levere, a PhD candidate in economics at UC San Diego, the High Line had a tangible effect on the value of homes located within one-third of a mile of it, leading to a 10% increase in housing prices.

New York’s High Line Fuels Wave of Urban Renewal Projects

Creating opportunity | Smart government

Why Philly is a tech haven for medicine startups

Philadelphia is making a big difference in the world of health tech – an important and growing sector in the healthcare industry. To mark the upcoming World Health Day, which is celebrated everywhere April 7, we’ve decided to highlight this incredible city. Is Philadelphia the Silicon Valley of health tech innovation? If local investors and healthcare providers have their way, it soon could be. The area – already well known for its culture and cuisine ­– already has a reputation as a healthcare hub, given that established healthcare companies like Siemens Healthcare, the insurer Independence Blue Cross, and Teva Pharmaceuticals have their U.S. headquarters in the city and its surrounding suburbs. But, the city has the potential to be something more – the go-to place for startups that are disrupting the medical industry the way other tech companies have disrupted…well, everything else.. Philadelphia’s knowledge economy is a big point in […]

Why Philly is a tech haven for medicine startups

Creating opportunity | Silicon Cities

These 10 Innovative Partnerships Are Cultivating Healthier Communities and Workforces

Cross-sector collaborations and innovative businesses are working to create healthier communities across the nation.

These 10 Innovative Partnerships Are Cultivating Healthier Communities and Workforces

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DNC Convention Kicks Off in one of America’s Surging Startup Cities

Philadelphia is known for a lot of things: American history. The cheesesteak. Passionate sports fans. Rocky Balboa. This week, you can add the Democratic National Convention to the list. But it’s also quietly become a hot place for startups, with a flurry of new entrepreneurs, helped along by a strong sense of connectivity with major corporations and the city government. We learned this at that final stop on our tour of the rising startup economies, as part of the Innovation That Matters project with 1776. The visit to Philly came after stops in the “New South” with Raleigh and Atlanta, the West Coast with Los Angeles and Seattle, the Mountain West with Denver and Salt Lake City, and the Great Plains with Kansas City. Philadelphia, like other cities on our tour, has succeeded in making its economy more dynamic, more diverse, and more conducive to creating the jobs of the […]

DNC Convention Kicks Off in one of America’s Surging Startup Cities

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Philly’s Artists Are the City’s Newest Business Class

While artists form the crux of any city’s creative class, the enterprises they start contribute to a city’s economy. Perhaps even more important than the tax revenue alone, however, is the fact that artists and their creative enterprises give any city a cool factor that eventually attracts more businesses and residents. Small wonder that many cities strive to be artist-friendly. Philadelphia, a city known for its high number of creative and talented artists, knows this more than most. The city has launched several art-based entrepreneurial programs in the last year to help residents turn their passion into a sustainable business. Last year, the city’s public library system (known as the Free Library of Philadelphia) and University of the Arts launched a boot camp for artists. The two-week course includes all the normal hallmarks one would find at any startup program, including demo days and investment grants, but with a twist­ […]

Philly’s Artists Are the City’s Newest Business Class

Creating opportunity | Silicon Cities

Philly Fashion Goes Mobile With The Smak Parlour Fashion Truck

When two Philadelphia entrepreneurs needed to expand their business, they decided to think outside of the box. The result? Smak Parlour, their fashion boutique, went, well, mobile.

Philly Fashion Goes Mobile With The Smak Parlour Fashion Truck

America at work | True innovation