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Forget the name ‘Delaware Valley.’ We deserve better, exec says [LINKS]

"With nearly $400 billion in gross metropolitan product, we deserve better. It seems this expression of self-doubt and loathing caught on in a period (1970s & 1980s) when our very own citizens and business leaders wanted to disassociate themselves and their activities with the very name Philadelphia and all it stood for."

Let’s get rid of the term “Delaware Valley” [Philadelphia Business Journal] “With nearly $400 billion in gross metropolitan product, we deserve better. It seems this expression of self-doubt and loathing caught on in a period (1970s & 1980s) when our very own citizens and business leaders wanted to disassociate themselves and their activities with the very name Philadelphia and all it stood for.”

Nutter’s travels draw praise, doubts [Philadelphia Inquirer] The Inquirer covers Nutter’s upcoming trade mission, which we reported has a tech focus, to Israel and Britain. “Those who went to China with Nutter in December say the excursion helped forge business, research, and educational connections there. Experts on international business, however, say such missions don’t open up new trade as much as build upon existing ties – such as those the city has in China, Britain, and Israel. Foreign investors won’t bet on Philadelphia, as one scholar said, ‘simply because they met the mayor.'” We spoke to entrepreneurs who are going on the trip; find our story here.

Glitch in college application system fuels anxiety [Philadelphia Inquirer] “At Drexel University, about 28,000 of the school’s 43,000 applications last year came through the common application process. Enrollment officials there are trying to weather the problems by ‘putting a lot of Band-Aids on the system,’ said Erin Finn, assistant vice president of admissions. Instead of automatically uploading forms, the staff has had to do some of the work manually, she said. They are printing out forms and then scanning them into students’ electronic files, she said.”

Need your help [Jason Fagone’s blog] Philadelphia Magazine writer Jason Fagone‘s latest book follows four teams competing in the X-Prize Foundation’s challenge to build a new kind of car. One of those teams was West Philly High’s Hybrid X Team. Fagone is putting together an East Coast book tour and is looking for help: “Do you know anyone at a bookstore or hacker space or university that might want to host us? We could use any advice or direction.”

Companies: West Philly Hybrid X Team / Drexel University

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