Technology | Sustainability | Food | The Arts
That's a great question, and it's also why I posted this.
Philadelphia has always been known as a city of firsts. The First Zoo, First Stock Exchange, First Skyscraper, First University, and the First Library. It's really amazing once you stop and think about how many successful concepts that our country (and other developing countries) thrive on, and that got their start in Philadelphia.
But as a city that's now over 300 years old, Philadelphia is constantly reinventing itself. The problem is that things change so fast these days that it's hard to know what our focus should be. The good news is that Philadelphia is strong in many prominent categories, so it gives us the opportunity to pick and choose which direction might work best.
Here are 4 areas of focus:
- Things like OpenAccessPhilly and Philly Startup Leaders are taking our city to the next level in the super-competitive technology world.
- SBN, Greenworks, and PWD's "Green City, Clean Waters" project are all positive steps in the right direction.
- The farmer's market phenomenon and our constant accolades on the international food scene are great indicators of Philly's food cred.
- If the new Barnes Museum, Mural Arts Program, and Philly Fringe are not enough to make my point, I'm not sure what else to say about Philadelphia's thriving art scene.