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Worked Up: Philly’s biggest-ever Early Childhood Education jobs convention is coming

In response to a proposed increase of over $100 million to the state's Early Childhood Education funding, a consortium of local nonprofits and advocacy organizations are getting workers ready. 
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We've got HUGE news: On the Ground is back!

Beginning in spring 2012, Flying Kite spent a year getting to know four amazing local neighborhoods. Now the innovative pop-up program is back and bigger than ever. Where are we headed next? You'll have to click through to find out.
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InLiquid Artist Profile: Jennifer Baker

This Northern Liberties-based artist illuminates the shifts in her evolving neighborhood.
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West Philly gets its own Nesting House, haven for sustainability-minded parents

Married Germantown entrepreneurs bring their business to some of their most loyal customers with a new retail location right off Clark Park. 
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Designing the spaces of the future for Philly's kids

If you grew up riding the seesaw and the swings, a new worldwide movement in playgrounds, coming to Philly, might surprise you. 
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An urban farm sprouts in Chinatown thanks to Grow Where You Live

A year-long residency at Asian Arts Initiative has grown into a much bigger partnership for urban design, fresh food and job skills.
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10 reasons why this just might be the best Philly summer ever

As temperatures rise, it's impossible not to anticipate a city summer packed with Night Markets, ball games, seasonal brews, leisurely bike rides and revamped green spaces. In fact, we're pretty sure this year's gonna be a doozy.
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BFTP/SEP invests $2.8M in 14 early-stage tech firms

Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Southeastern Pennsylvania (BFTP/SEP) closed fiscal year 2015 with $2.8 million in investments in 14 early-stage companies.
In The News

Philadelphia Magazine lists 2015's 'Best Philadelphians'

Philadelphia Magazine picks 35 locals worth noticing.
In The News

Talking mental health on campus with a focus on Penn

The New York Times shines a light on a mental health crisis on college campuses. They focused on the University of Pennsylvania, where one student has used involvement with Active Minds to create change.
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The Region's Restaurants: Corrine's Place feeds Camden's soul

This South Jersey institution has been serving up southern classics -- ribs, collard greens, mac 'n' cheese -- for over 25 years. Owner Corinne Bradley-Powers turned a city-owned wreck of a building into a gathering place for the community.
Development News

Stenton Park poised to become a new community hub

A large Philly park and recreation center that has stood in disrepair for years is getting a multi-million dollar update and a thought-provoking art installation.
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Uptown Beer Garden shakes up summer on JFK

Local restauranteur Teddy Sourias is bringing some fresh nightlife to Center City in the form of a large, luxurious beer garden with a delicious menu. 
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Beer, Zumba, art, science and more transform The Oval this summer

Remaking public space isn't all about construction or capital improvements: activating space in new ways is vital, too. After two successful years, the Oval returns. 
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A new indoor wayfinding app works to grow an industry

We’re used to GPS in our cars, but what about similar technology guiding our indoor steps? Philly is at the forefront of the industry.
In The News

Philly team wins International Youth Poetry Slam

A local team triumphed at the International Youth Poetry Slam.
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The School District puts $30 million to work boosting early childhood literacy

Many city youngsters aren’t making the grade when it comes to reading, but a major new investment in teacher training and libraries hopes to change that. 
In The News

Looking for housing for the Pope's visit? The floor might be your best bet

Housing all the anticipated visitors coming to town for the Pope's visit in September continues to be a favorite topic of discussion.
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Statewide Spotlight: Hatch House serves as a safe haven for fledgling companies

Many startups wither when they go from the resource-rich environment of academia into the real world. This Bethlehem live/work incubator hopes to bridge that gap and foster the next generation of Pennsylvania entrepreneurs.
In The News

The Inquirer checks in with Oxford Mills, the teacher-targeted development

This teacher-centric development in Kensington draws a community of like-minded young people.
In The News

American Idol to hold auditions for final season in Philadelphia

As the reality TV juggernaut nears retirement, it's coming to Philadelphia to search for singers.
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Statewide Spotlight: A megaproject on the Allentown waterfront could change everything

Thanks to innovative legislation and some passionate developers, The Waterfront is coming to the banks of the Lehigh River. With its restaurants, offices, stores, green space and apartments, it will spur job growth, vibrancy and rebirth.
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Power to the People: New series to spotlight urban innovators

What do you think of when you hear the words "urban innovation"? Do you think of smart technology and clean energy? Or open data and civic tech? Maybe you think of entrepreneurship or creative placemaking or the future of mobility? It's easy to forget, but ...
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Designer Amy Devan is making fashion waves from Philly

The Naveda designer moved her business back to her hometown six months ago. She's gained domestic and international attention for her bohemian-meets-luxury ready-to-wear and custom couture.
In The News

Philly could become U.S.'s first UNESCO World Heritage City

The City of Brotherly Love is set to become the country's first city to earn this prestigious designation.
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The Cultural Alliance hits the ground running with a new arts and tech residency

A new program will partner local tech mavens with small cultural institutions, getting to the heart of the big questions. 
In The News

The New York Times highlights SoNo development, office space for millenials

This ambitious project between Chinatown and Northern Liberties looks to attract young workers.
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Sew and Tell: Fabric Row is Philly's next hot street

South Fourth Street is a commercial corridor in transition -- long home to the city's fabric industry, this Queen Village thoroughfare is attracting an increasingly diverse slate of boutiques, eateries and maker-centric businesses. 
In The News

Is the country's best pizza made in Philadelphia?

Bon Appetit thinks so, shining a light on Pizzeria Beddia in Philly's Fishtown neighborhood.
Development News

Rethinking the Rowhome: An architect lets in the light in Queen Village

Juliet Whelan, owner of award-winning architecture firm Jibe Design, brightens up her Fabric Row home in a second renovation that suits her style.
Innovation News

Philadelphia's University City Science Center plans to double its campus

Doubling its size, Philadelphia's University City Science Center aims to be a globally recognized innovation district.
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Home Steady: Discovering new ways to house Philadelphians

In an effort to preserve affordable housing in a rapidly-changing city, the WCRP is tapping a fresh tool. The resulting Community Justice Land Trust aims to help local families realize the dream of home ownership and stay in their neighborhoods.
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Haddonfield: Charm and history in a town across the river

This posh hamlet is bursting with independent shops and colonial architecture -- and it's a quick trip from Philadelphia via PATCO. How did Haddonfield get this way? It's been an interesting ride. 
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Collingswood: The small town for people who love big cities

This South Jersey hamlet is booming -- it boasts a vibrant downtown, wonderful restaurants, historic homes and easy access to Philadelphia. Get in on one of the region's hidden gems.

Founders

Rob Gilfillan of Cenero

Rob Gilfillan of Cenero

Neighborhood/City: Wayne

His company has grown sales by 3,000 percent since its 1999 founding and now has 70 employees producing AV conferencing solutions.

Vladimir Kanin of Optiflame Solutions

Vladimir Kanin of Optiflame Solutions

The first Russian company inside the University City Science Center aims to bring wind turbines to residential areas.

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