Economy League Envisions a World Class Greater Philadelphia

The Economy League of Greater Philadelphia is working on a shared agenda to improve the Greater Philadelphia region’s future.  The World Class Greater Philadelphia effort has three main focus areas including Education and Talent, Business Growth and Infrastructure.   AthenianRazak’s Principal Jackie Buhn is on the Board of Directors of the Economy League and is working on the agenda for the World Class Greater Philadelphia effort.

Education and Talent

This area is being worked on in conjunction with the United Way of Greater Philadelphia and a host of other partner organizations.  One of the primary concerns of this effort is ensuring that every kid is “kindergarten ready.”  This includes creating an assessment to measure how ready children are for kindergarten by looking at various aspects of early childhood education.  You can read more about this effort here.

Business Growth

Being developed in conjunction with the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce and other partners, this focus area has two main strategies to encourage businesses to start in the region – strengthening entrepreneurial networks and increasing availability of growth capital.  One of the ways that these strategies are being fulfilled is with the recent launch of the StartupPHL effort, a public/private initiative that provides seed capital and advances ideas to support Philly’s entrepreneurs.  You can read more about StartupPHL and other business growth efforts here.


In conjunction with the Urban Land Institute of Philadelphia, this area is focused on creating an infrastructure strategy for the region.  On June 20th, there will be an event to release the strategic findings of this group.  You can read more or register for this event here to learn about the recommendations for our region’s transportation, power, water, and open space infrastructure.

The strategic approach taken by The Economy League is being realized in these new projects, which are accelerating improvement in our region.

Jackie Buhn is Principal and CEO at AthenianRazak and a Board Member of the Greater Philadelphia Economy League.