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Whatever term people prefer--Delaware Valley, Southeastern PA, or Greater Philadelphia--the area encompassing Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, and Philadelphia counties, Southern New Jersey, and New Castle County, Del., maintains a prominent role in the growth of the state and national economy. Representing the country's fifth-largest metropolitan region and more than six million people, institutions like Select Greater Philadelphia, the Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance, Delaware Valley Industrial Resource Center, and the Economy League of Greater Philadelphia help tout, organize and shape the area's many assets, most notably including lower cost of living, top-notch education, and leadership in multiple growth areas like IT, financial services and life sciences.

Regionalism Features

The skyline from Upper Darby

Urbanites are a powerful tribe -- if only they would talk to each other

Love cities? Then pay attention: Urban Consulate, a new program promoting interchange between city dwellers in three major American metropolises -- Philadelphia, Detroit and New Orleans -- is launching April 1 in Center City, with a slate of events to follow.

The Inn at Jim Thorpe

Weekend Getaway: Your summer won't be complete without a visit to Jim Thorpe

Whether you're looking to bike, hike, paddle, antique or sip local brews, this Poconos hamlet has you covered. And if you're also excited by dramatic stories of history and revitalization, Jim Thorpe has that, too.

A rendering of 615 Waterfront Drive

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.

Anne Lopez and Kylie Walker of Romeo Delivers at AlphaLab

The national battle for talent: What cities are doing to attract urban professionals

For today's top talent, the job market is only one thing to consider when choosing where to live. They also want a vibrant city to plug into, a creative place where they can network with other smart people, and a dynamic economy featuring an array of engaging jobs.

JOIN's Jennie Sparandara

Q&A: JOIN's Jennie Sparandara

Flying Kite chatted with the organization's director about the importance of collaboration, the skills gap and Philadelphia's unique workforce challenges -- and opportunities. Starting with her time in the Mayor's Office, this passionate leader witnessed the interconnectedness of human capital issues, and is working to tap the region's canniest employers and most aggressive advocates to solve the jobs riddle.
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