John Fry

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Category: Philadelphia

Amazing Restoration at Drexel’s Academy of Natural Sciences

The restoration of the beloved dioramas at Drexel’s Academy of Natural Sciences is a must see. Congrats and thank you to Jennifer Sontchi, the Academy’s senior director of exhibits and public spaces, and everyone else who worked so hard on this venerable exhibit, which is part of the fabric for so many in Philadelphia.

Mentoring Minority Med School Students

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.

“Platform of innovation”

The New York Times came to Philadelphia to report on the latest developments surrounding Schuylkill Yards. The story details the $3.5 billion effort with Brandywine Realty Trust to create an innovation hub for technology and life sciences around the Drexel campus.

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Kudos, Mayor Kenney

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.”

The Future of Cities

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.”

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Philadelphia on Amazon’s list

Amazon narrowed the list of cities where it plans to locate its second headquarters from 238 to 20. As I told the Philadelphia Business Journal, I am thrilled but not surprised.

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