Why Philadelphia?

Ever since I returned from my vacation to Miami it seems like I’ve landed in an advertising campaign for Philadelphia. Every in flight magazine I read had an article about Philadelphia and now thanks to the Select Greater Philadelphia group it’s very easy to see why Philadelphia is gaining so much popularity. Definitely stop by their awesome website, but for a quick summary check out some of these statistics:

  1. National Geographic Traveler magazines named Greater Philadelphia “America’s Next Great City”
  2. Greater Philadelphia is the 4th largest metropolitan region in the United States in population with the 6th highest gross metro product, 4th largest personal income and 4th largest media market
  3. Total employment in 2005 within 200 miles was 15.7 % of the United States total
  4. Philadelphia International Airport is the fastest growing airport in the country for passenger traffic and the second fastest growing airport in the world
  5. Greater Philadelphia region has 83 colleges and universities. Yes, Temple University is one of these 83 and is recognized for the highest total enrollment and one of the top regional universities for research and development
  6. Cost of living in Greater Philadelphia is lower than in most other major U.S metro areas
  7. Listed as one of the top walking cities and big city arts destination
  8. A top region for venture capital financing
  9. Life Sciences, Chemicals, Financial Services and Information Technology are 4 key industries in the region
  10. Greater Philadelphia has the 11th largest foreign-born population in the United States

Ann Weaver Hart

Dr. Ann Weaver Hart started work as Temple University’s ninth president and first female president. I think the timing of her appointment is perfect as it comes at a time when so much change is happening at the university. It’s hard to walk around campus and not notice something new – new buildings, new coaches, new malls and even revamped side walks on Broadstreet. One such change occurs later this summer when The Edge at Avenue North will open and provide student housing for 800 students and a retail complex with a 7 plex cinema. Rumor has it that the 7-11 located on campus makes more money than other locations. Not only is change helping businesses thrive but it also seems to be positively affecting the perception of the university. In her words on the Office of the President site, “Temple’s advancements in academics, research, faculty recruitment and residential campus life are being noticed nationwide. We are in an exciting period of tremendous transformation.”

Is Temple University becoming your hub for business?



Alas, yet another post that I started back in July but never got around to completing it. So, for those of you with fancy blog readers such as Google Reader or Newsgator or RSS Bandit, you’ll know that I actually completed this post in December. For the rest of the world here’s a small glimse of the trip to Florida in July 2006.

Florida Trip 2006