What I'm Reading

  We believe that an informed community is a stronger community.  In an effort to provide information to neighborhood associations, business stakeholders, and even individual citizens that are interested in what’s happening in Philadelphia, we launched the “What I’m Reading Page”.​​

Every Friday, our President will release and post one report, article, or piece of information that he’s reading to be informed on the City’s issues, citing in grant applications for business programming, or guiding our advocacy efforts.  The information will be posted here every Friday.

We also welcome submissions from organizations and individuals.  If you see some information in the media or press, or see a report with content you think we should be reviewing and sharing, you can send it to our [email protected] account to be reviewed.
A recent study showing that while nationally, incomes are rising, Philadelphia incomes are falling and poverty remains around 26%

Local Procurement Study: An Evaluation of Barriers and Solutions from the Business Perspective
Friday,, August 24, 2018

A local procurement study recently completed by the Sustainable Business Network on small businesses within Philadelphia's challenges with larger contracts as well as recommended solutions

Promise Zone Comprehensive Housing Strategy
Friday, July 20, 2018

Comprehensive report on the strategy for housing affordability in the Promise Zone.

Visit Philadelphia Annual Report 2018
Friday, July 13, 2018

Annual Report by Visit Philadelphia on the state of tourism in Philly.

SEPTA Philadelphia Choices Executive Summary
Friday, July 6, 2018

SEPTA Report on increasing efficiency on transit upgrades in the bus system

Philadelphia Tax Abatement Study by Drexel University
Friday, June 22, 2018

Report by Drexel University researchers covered by PlanPhilly on the 10 Year Tax Abatement Program's economic effects in Philadelphia

Philadelphia Disparity Report FY'17 by the Office of Economic Opportunity
Friday, June 8, 2018

The City of Philadelphia's Office of Economic Opportunity released its Disparity Report for FY'17,  analyzing  $976 Million in City spend and its percentages to minority owned businesses

Philly Councilwoman Cindy Bass has another plan to raise money for the schools: Cut the City Budget
Friday, June 1, 2018

Coverage of potential budget alternatives to the Mayor's proposed property tax increase by members of Philadelphia City Council

Need to Appeal Your Philly Property Assessmet? Here's How
Friday, May 18, 2018

The Philadelphia Inquirer's Step by Step Guide on Appealing Your Property Taxes

The State of Black America 2018
Friday, May 11, 2018

The National Urban League's 2018 State of Black American report elaborating on digital inclusion and income inequality

Philadelphia 2018 State of the City by Pew Charitable Trusts
Friday, April 27, 2018

Pew Charitable Trust's State of the City Report 2018 with statistics on poverty, unemployment and opiod abuses in Philadelphia

Philadelphia Federal Reserve 2017 Report to Congress
Friday, April 20, 2018

The Philadelphia Federal Reserve Bank's 2017 report to Congress on regional activities to support financial education, women and minority inclusion

Philly's New Property Assesments are out and your tax bill is likely climbing
Friday, April 13, 2018

Philadelphia Inquirer's report on  the City's newest property assessments, where in some Philly neighborhoods, property taxes have doubled

Price Tag on Navy Yard Subway Extension could Double Original Estimate
Friday, April 6, 2018

Plan Philly's coverage of the SEPTA  $500 Million+ proposal to build an extension of the Broad Street line to reach Philadelphia's Navy Yard.

What is the 3rd District
Friday, March 30, 2018

The Philadelphia Citizen's breakdown on the new 3rd Congressional District.  Know what district you're voting in before the May 15th Primary

How Trump's budget would hurt Philly's Business Districts
Friday, March 23, 2018

Summary of how President Trump's federal budget proposal for 2018-2019 would affect commercial corridors in West Philly

City Controller: Most soda tax revenue in the General Fund not pre-k​​
Friday, March  16, 2018

A report from the Office of the Controller that shows that  74% (nearly $3 of every $4 of soda tax revenues since the tax's implementation have gone into the City's general fund, not pre-k, community schools, or Rebuild PHL as originally committed.

Will Opportunity Zones help distressed residents or be a tax cut for gentrification?
Friday, March  9, 2018

Report by the Brookings Institute on Opportunity Zones, a new designation for low-income communities (like Promise Zone or Empowerement Zone) that comes with its own set of rules/benefits.  Will these benefits support low-income residents or speed up gentrification?

Philly Mayor Kenney's Budget Proposal; Cliff Notes Version
Friday, March 2, 2018

Courtesy of Billy Penn; notes from the Mayor of Philadelphia's Budget Proposal for fiscal year 2018-2019

Fueling Philadelphia Talent Engine: A Citywide Workforce Strategy
Friday, February 9, 2018

Executive Summary of the City of Philadelphia's citywide plan to build a strong talent-pipeline to increase employment and fight poverty

Fastrac: Starting A Business
Friday, January 26, 2018

The first "What I'm Reading" of 2018; tools from the Kauffman Foundation for  individuals thinking of starting a business .

2017 State of Startups Report 
Friday, December 8, 2017

First Round Capital's State of  Startups Report also detailing how startup founders view recent sexual assault scandals, and issues in diversity in the  startup community

Real-Estate Forecasts 2018
Friday, December 1, 2017

Real-Estate trends and forecasts report in Philadelphia Magazine showing Philadelphia as a leader in creating jobs in the Delaware Valley, information on the Millenial population boom and other trends

Philadelphia's Poor
Friday, November 24, 2017

Report released by Pew Charitable Trust on poverty in Philadelphia that estimates 126,000 children are living in poverty in Philadelphia

Tax Foundation Summary of the Tax Cuts and Job Acts
Friday, November 17, 2017

A summary of  the Tax  Cuts and Jobs Act  of 2017 recently passed by the United States House of Representatives by the Tax Foundation

The State of University City 2018 Report
Friday, November 10, 2017

University City District's Annual Report on the State of University City highlighting jobs, growth and opportunity in Philadelphia's University City neighborhood

Measuring Higher Education Anchor Mission 2017
Friday, November 3, 2017

A report issued by the Democracy Collaborative defining an "anchor institution" and how anchor institutions across the country are supporting local communities.  Drexel University, was one anchor institution that was studied

Philadelphia Resident's Survey Report 2016-2017
Friday, October 27, 2017

A report issued by the City of Philadelphia on results from a survey sent to residents about their assessment of City services

Innovation that Matters 2017
Friday, October 13, 2017

Philadelphia was recently ranked 3rd in the country for innovation and entrepreneurship.  Read the full report by the US Chamber of Commerce on what the top 25 cities are doing to support technology businesses and startups.

Philadelphia State of Women and Girls 2017
Friday, October 6, 2017

Mayor Jim Kenney and Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown authorized the Philadelphia Commission on Women to author a report on the State of Women and Girls in Philadelphia

Pennsylvania to Default on $1B
Friday, September 22, 2017

Governor Tom Wolf  announced that due to the failure of State Legislatures to pass a revenue plan, Pennsylvania would default on $1 Billion of its financial obligations.  Could businesses feel the effect?

The Solution to our Housing Crisis...
Friday, September 15, 2017

A new model being discussed to solve the problem of affordable housing in neighborhoods thats is based around letting community-residents own property

Report: Soda Tax Sales
Friday, September 8, 2017

A new report on the Philadelphia Beverage Tax by Catalina Marketing Firm that says sales of sugary beverages in the City have decreased 55% since the tax and have increased in stores just over City Lines by 38%

A New Typology of Urban Neighborhoods
Friday, September 1, 2017

A new Report by CityLab that puts Philadelphia in the category of "Persistent Black Poverty" and analyzes major urban trends across the nation

The Mayor's Task Force to Combat the Opiod Epidemic
Friday, August 25, 2017

A lenghty public report issues to the Mayor of Philadelphia on recommendations to combat the Opioid Crisis in Philadelphia

Brookings Institute Report on Innovation Districts
Friday, August 18, 2017

A report issued by the Brookings Institute looking at the capacity of West Philadelphia to connect to Center City, and University City to create an Innovation District

Soda Tax Report 
Friday, August 11, 2017

A report issued by the Tax Foundation, reporting that the soda tax is bringing in less revenue than expected and questions what will happen to Pre-K and other funded programs if the soda tax fails