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Statewide Spotlight: Lancaster's historic train station gets $18 million spruce-up

It was time for a facelift at the state's second-busiest Amtrak station, starting with the guts and ending with its gorgeous historic details. Getting from Philadelphia to Lancaster has never been easier or more enjoyable.
Development News

Germantown schoolyard aims to become a citywide model for play and sustainability

After three years, a Northwest Philly coalition is seeing exciting progress at an empty five-acre schoolyard. 
Innovation News

Microgrants will launch community anti-litter initiatives in 2015

A new grant program from Keep Philadelphia Beautiful will give community non-profits the power to combat litter. 
Development News

Water Department sets its sights on greening and transit in Yorktown

The Philadelphia Water Department tackles greening, stormwater and transportation in Yorktown.
Innovation News

Horsham's Clinical Ink selected for international Ebola studies

Clinical Ink, a Horsham company that provides technology for clinical drug trials, has been selected for multiple Ebola studies in West Africa.
Innovation News

Philly's Entrepreneur Works Fund nabs a national grant to help creative clients

A Philly-based CDFI launches a new program for creative entrepreneurs after winning a nationwide grant. 
In The News

Pope's visit causes headaches for engaged couples

Pity the local couples who had selected September 26, 2015 as their big day.
In The News

Rideshare company Lyft plans Philadelphia roll-out

Lyft, the rideshare competitor to UberX, is planning to launch in Philadelphia; it already operates in Pittsburgh.
In The News

Dinner service grows at public schools

Schools serving an after-school snack or dinner is a growing national trend, and Philadelphia is at the forefront.
In The News

Local cab driver gets big surpise: A $1,000 tip

A taxi driver in Philadelphia got a tip big enough to make national news.
Feature Story

Innovative workforce programs will be 'Win-Win' for the region

From landscaping to neighborhood entrepreneurship to cutting-edge training, the Job Opportunity Investment Network (JOIN) announces four big grants to projects that should help Philadelphians create and fill good jobs.
Development News

Over $8 million from the William Penn Foundation jump-starts region's trails

New grants from the William Penn Foundation could move miles of new Philly-area trails toward completion.
Innovation News

Philadelphia's first Spanish immersion preschool comes to Fairmount

Philly steps up its multilingual game with the city's first Spanish immersion preschool, opening on Fairmount Avenue. 
Development News

Camden High School gets $50 million boost

Thanks to years of work by Camden and New Jersey advocates, state funds for major renovations will give Camden High School a new shot at success.
Innovation News

Could city-wide composting become a reality in Philadelphia?

Eighth District Councilwoman Cindy Bass holds a hearing about the future of city-wide composting in Philly, hoping to save money and energy, and boost jobs. 
Innovation News

Game On: Three PA schools -- including Drexel -- collaborate on interactive media

Harrisburg University of Science & Technology, Carnegie Mellon and Drexel University are establishing the PA Interactive Media Consortium to grow the digital entertainment and video gaming sector. 
Feature Story

Statewide Spotlight: Johnstown, Pennsylvania

Head to this iconic southwest PA town and discover its complex history of tragedy and resilience. From its famous flood to its shifting economic landscape -- not to mention the world's steepest incline plane -- you certainly won't be bored.
Development News

In West Philly, reclaiming vacant lots begins with a bulletin board

A new project from the People's Emergency Center and Public Workshop turns vacant lots into neighborhood assets.
Development News

A proposed charter school at the Germantown High site tackles tourism

A large community coalition proposes a tourism and hospitality-focused charter school at the former Germantown High School site.  

Founders

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.

William Skyrm of CBC Settlement Funding

William Skyrm of CBC Settlement Funding

Neighborhood/City: Manayunk

His company has grown an average of 200 percent since its founding in 2009 and doubled its workforce in the last 18 months.

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Mt. Airy

One of the nation's first successfully integrated neighborhoods is still a model for diversity thanks to its central shopping district's small town feel, easy access to transportation and outdoor recreation and an active citizenry led by community development organization Mt. Airy, USA. Home to the innovative Weaver's Way Co-Op and one of the few remaining 1920s Art Deco movie theaters in the city, the Sedgwick, Mt. Airy has continued to make streetscape improvements, mixed-use and transit-oriented development and Germantown Avenue priorities.