Thank you to the Philadelphia Eagles, Jeffrey Lurie and the more than 3,300 participants who braved the rain to run, walk or ride bikes to support autism research. The inaugural Eagles Autism Challenge raised $2.3 million and counting. What a great day!
Kudos to Dean Schidlow and Drexel University College of Medicine students Dexter C. Graves and Bisola Egbe for their important efforts to attract and mentor minority medical school students as The Inquirer detailed in this story.
I applaud Mayor Kenney for his ambitious workforce strategy designed to tackle the skills gap in Philadelphia. The mayor detailed his plan during the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce’s annual luncheon Tuesday.
Gov. Wolf proposed a similar $50 million workforce development effort as well in his budget address on Tuesday. Both initiatives are needed to work with the business community to ensure all workers have the skills needed to realize their full potential.
As I said during my introduction of the mayor at the Chamber luncheon: “We can’t be successful as a city if we don’t maximize all our talent.”
Jeremy Nowak, a distinguished visiting fellow at Drexel University’s Lindy Institute for Urban Innovation, and Bruce Katz, the Centennial Scholar at the Brookings Institution, have co-authored a new book titled, “The New Localism: How Cities Can Thrive in the Age of Populism.”
As the federal government reduces aid to local governments, many cities and towns are left to fend for themselves. Fortunately, universities and other anchor institutions are filling the void in their surrounding communities, as detailed in an op-ed I wrote that was published by Inside Sources, The Scranton Times and Charleston Gazette-Mail.