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Lessons learned from the City of Philadelphia’s 8th Innovation Academy cohort

Nov. 22, 2021 1:47 pm

Lessons learned from the City of Philadelphia’s 8th Innovation Academy cohort

Nineteen managers from different City departments met this year to learn the foundation of innovation — Identifying stakeholders, opening up lines of communication and remembering to ask yourself the "why" behind your work. Check out the Twitter thread with takeaways from Philly Director of Innovation Eliza Pollack.
Philly released an interactive dashboard showing where its open data is used around the world

Nov. 16, 2021 1:41 pm

Philly released an interactive dashboard showing where its open data is used around the world

Since 2015, the City's open data program has been accessed by 606,000 users in the US and by 661,000 users worldwide, the dashboard states.
After health crises rocked her family, this VP is calling for companies to rethink paid sick and family leave

Nov. 2, 2021 2:25 pm

After health crises rocked her family, this VP is calling for companies to rethink paid sick and family leave

"Though I am proud to be part of an organization that is leading by example when it comes to family and sick leave, I know from firsthand experience this level of support is not normal," Blackfynn's Samantha Glasberg wrote after her son was born prematurely.
Pennsylvania has nearly the lowest quit rate in the country. What does that say about the state’s economy?

Nov. 2, 2021 7:20 am

Pennsylvania has nearly the lowest quit rate in the country. What does that say about the state’s economy?

The low rate could be a sign of impending recovery, but it could also mean the state has yet to catch up to Great Resignation trends of those that reopened sooner, says this researcher.
Pandemic unemployment benefits ended, but Pennsylvanians didn’t return to work as expected. What’s up?

Oct. 29, 2021 7:30 am

Pandemic unemployment benefits ended, but Pennsylvanians didn’t return to work as expected. What’s up?

September jobs data for the state indicates an absence of unemployment benefits isn't driving people back to work. An economist from the Keystone Research Center explains what might be happening.
Here’s where 6 Philly-made COVID-19 tech projects stand now

Oct. 28, 2021 11:54 am

Here’s where 6 Philly-made COVID-19 tech projects stand now

Nearly 20 months after the pandemic's start, are they still active? While some were created as an emergency response in the earliest days, others are still used to inform behavior and track cases.
Why Philly’s Office of Innovation and Technology launched a paid UX and engineering apprenticeship

Oct. 21, 2021 4:21 pm

Why Philly’s Office of Innovation and Technology launched a paid UX and engineering apprenticeship

Anyone who's been a City employee for at least a year — across any department or role — could apply for the two-year training program. The goal: cultivate a more diverse technical workforce within local government.
Voting in Pennsylvania: How to vote by mail or cast an in-person ballot at the polls

Oct. 18, 2021 5:43 pm

Voting in Pennsylvania: How to vote by mail or cast an in-person ballot at the polls

A guide to participating in the Nov. 2, 2021 general election in Pennsylvania.
Pew created a data dashboard to assess Philly’s economy. Here’s what it tells us about local business health

Oct. 14, 2021 2:55 pm

Pew created a data dashboard to assess Philly’s economy. Here’s what it tells us about local business health

One data point you can find: Philadelphia businesses in the information sector have 6.5% more jobs now than two years earlier.
This new coalition represents diverse Philly business owners. What’s their outlook for 2022?

Oct. 11, 2021 4:31 pm

This new coalition represents diverse Philly business owners. What’s their outlook for 2022?

The leaders behind the Diverse Chambers Coalition share how they've been supporting their constituents during the pandemic, and what challenges remain: "The panic of 2020 has worn off some, but the recovery process continues and will extend far beyond 2022."

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