Philly leaders gather at WHYY to discuss world-class plans for the city

Around 300 leaders in business, government and the notprofit sector gathered at WHYY last night to discuss what it would take to make Philadelphia a “world-class” city by 2026. The Economy League of Greater Philadelphia has been working on the idea since the city was passed over for the 2016 Olympics. The people who turned out were concerned about how Philadelphia will measure up in an uncertain economic future. They gathered to discuss developing local talent.  Steve Wray, the Executive Director of the Economy League, said Philadelphia needs to foster an “entrepreneurial culture” like that of the Silicon Valley. “Having a vision and an ability to focus on some key issues, that we can succeed no matter what, whatever direction the world goes, is really important,” he said. “And working with partners like these we’re able to cover the breadth of the region, and we’re able to make a difference in the lives of people, the lives of businesses across the region.”Wray said they recently published a report titled “Focus 2026 Priorities and Goals for a World Class Greater Philadelphia,” and are planning concrete steps to improve infrastructure, education and the business climate in the region.

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