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Spreading the News: Rob Wonderling contributes to Metro Philly

Posted Friday, August 4th, 2017

CEO Council for Growth

Twice a month, Chamber president and CEO Rob Wonderling contributes as a columnist in Metro Philly, a free daily newspaper written and designed for young and ambitious professionals. In each op-ed, Wonderling discusses what is making the Greater Philadelphia region a great place to do good business.

Check out a recap of a few of Wonderling’s op-eds below and be sure to catch Rob’s next op-ed in Metro Philly.

Can Pennsylvania keep growing?

June 6, 2017 | Read the full article here.

The Keystone State’s population declined in 2016 for the first time in 31 years.

“To address this malaise, Pennsylvania’s private and nonprofit sectors must take the lead in creating an economic agenda for growth – the Grow PA initiative will endeavor to do just that.

Grow PA seeks to convene people and organizations in key sectors of Pennsylvania’s economy to establish a modern economic growth agenda for the 21st century.

Possible focal points include:

  • Modernizing all facets of our infrastructure
  • Leveraging our energy assets
  • Transforming post-secondary education
  • Accelerating the development of innovation in healthcare technology and delivery.

The goal is to develop a roadmap for economic growth for the commonwealth of Pennsylvania that will influence the candidates’ platforms for the 2018 governor’s race and beyond.”

A Philadelphia for all citizens

January 24, 2017 | Read the full article here. 

The Roadmap for Growth Action Team has a pro-growth, pro-jobs agenda.

“[The Roadmap for Growth Action Team] was conceived in 2014 as an initiative to engage Philadelphia’s business and civic communities, neighborhood organizations along with our new Mayor Jim Kenney and City Council in a shared agenda of growth and prosperity.”

The team is under the leadership of co-chairs David L. Cohen of Comcast Corporation and Pedro Ramos of the Philadelphia Foundation.

“The primary goals of the Roadmap for Growth Action Team are:

  • To advocate for policies that contribute to the city’s economic and civic well-being, including education and workforce, infrastructure and civic engagement.
  • To build a coalition of businesses, non-profits, civic and neighborhood organizations that care about Philadelphia’s economy and residents’ quality of life.
  • To take an active role in addressing critical needs and issues and support economic opportunity across race, gender, and ethnic boundaries.”

Modern Moves for a modern city

October 4, 2016 | Read the full article here.

What Philly has to do to keep transportation gains going.

“…over the next several years, we need to support a program of Modern Moves for our Modern City, specifically focusing on advancing the following:

  • Expanding our city’s bike sharing program, Independence Blue Cross’s Indego, which currently has over 100 stations throughout the city.
  • Advancing the most cost effective approach to link Center City with the Navy Yard, which employs over 12,000 people, as well as the planned development across the lower Schuylkill River. This expansion is already underway with Pennovation and environmental cleanup efforts in the area surrounding our historic Bartram’s Gardens.
  • Improving the transportation infrastructure necessary to accommodate the fluid and growing movement of people and employees from the area of our zoo down through University City, which recently hit the 75,000 job mark.
  • Continuing to advocate for the development of high-speed Amtrak rail service via 30th Street Station so our friends and businesses in D.C. and New York can visit us more often and even set up shop here.”


Want to read more? View more of Rob’s Metro Philly op-eds below:

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