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Petition: Biz leaders ask PA lawmakers to focus on the 2021 economy, not the 2020 election

Jul. 23, 2021 12:14 pm

Petition: Biz leaders ask PA lawmakers to focus on the 2021 economy, not the 2020 election

The "Back To Business campaign" aims to shift support from using state tax dollars for a 2020 election audit to helping state businesses and residents in need.
Philly has a trash crisis. Ya Fav Trashman and MilkCrate have an app that will pay you to clean your block

Jul. 22, 2021 7:00 am

Philly has a trash crisis. Ya Fav Trashman and MilkCrate have an app that will pay you to clean your block

With Glitter, a sanitation worker with a large social media presence and a tech founder hope residents will feel empowered to better their communities. Its forthcoming launch comes after false starts and funding setbacks from the Streets Department.
SEPTA is piloting a free, tech-based service to help workers get to after-hours shifts in Bucks County

Jun. 29, 2021 5:15 pm

SEPTA is piloting a free, tech-based service to help workers get to after-hours shifts in Bucks County

The Owl Link service is meant to fill the gap between where SETPA bus lines end, and multiple businesses and company parks in Lower Bucks County. Its origin lies at the intersection of jobs and transit access.
Wilco Electronic Systems is partnering with the City to assess Philadelphia’s digital divide

Jun. 15, 2021 5:19 pm

Wilco Electronic Systems is partnering with the City to assess Philadelphia’s digital divide

A phone call-based survey will run for one month to understand residents' needs when it comes to affordable, accessible internet connection and digital literacy.
Pennsylvania legislators have a new Emerging Technologies Caucus to boost tech innovation

Jun. 9, 2021 3:15 pm

Pennsylvania legislators have a new Emerging Technologies Caucus to boost tech innovation

Montco Rep. Napoleon Nelson said he aims for the caucus to keep legislators updated on the latest policy and regulatory developments in the tech sector, and to support entrepreneurs in the state.
Technologists wanted to help amid a tumultuous 2020. Code for Philly saw its volunteer ranks swell

Jun. 7, 2021 5:41 pm

Technologists wanted to help amid a tumultuous 2020. Code for Philly saw its volunteer ranks swell

Co-directors Marieke Jackson and Michael Chow reflect on how the volunteer-driven org adapted and helped nonprofits meet their missions while facing forced pivots during the pandemic.
The International Entrepreneur Rule offers a path for foreign-born founders to build in the US

Jun. 7, 2021 4:35 pm

The International Entrepreneur Rule offers a path for foreign-born founders to build in the US

Lawyers at Klasko Immigration Law Partners in Center City detailed the program in the latest episode of their podcast, Statutes of Liberty.
Government can be slow to change. The pandemic changed that for Philly’s Office of Innovation and Technology

Jun. 1, 2021 3:54 pm

Government can be slow to change. The pandemic changed that for Philly’s Office of Innovation and Technology

The department is launching a $10 million Operational Transformation Fund to pay for innovations, efficiencies and cost savings found during the pandemic across more departments. It's one of a few forward-thinking shifts prompted by COVID-19.
Pandemic recovery: Nonprofit leaders say the sector has responded well to challenges. Local gov, not so much

Jun. 1, 2021 1:45 pm

Pandemic recovery: Nonprofit leaders say the sector has responded well to challenges. Local gov, not so much

The leaders who responded to Generocity's third self-assessment in April offered a more positive take on our questions about public health, community engagement and economic resiliency than they did in January.
The infrastructure supporting the deployment of 5G is critical for digital equity

May 28, 2021 12:30 pm

The infrastructure supporting the deployment of 5G is critical for digital equity

Comms infrastructure company Crown Castle's St. Martin K. Torrence on why 5G connectivity is an access issue, and what's being done now to expand it in Philadelphia.

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