Greater Philadelphia’s Health Care Sector Continues to Expand

Bryn Mawr Hospital has opened their $250 million patient pavilion after breaking ground in 2016. This is the largest facility improvement in the hospital’s 125-year history and was funded by Bryn Mawr Hospital’s capital campaign and community support.

The 256,000-square-foot addition contains state-of-the-art operating rooms, LEED design, a green roof, new critical care units, new maternity, labor and delivery rooms and a neonatal intensive care unit. Multiple existing inpatient areas have also undergone renovation.

Each patient room has their own private bathroom, a heart monitor, and three distinct zones for the caregiver, patient, and family for infection control purposes.

The hospital has been able to introduce integrative approaches, such as pet therapy, aromatherapy, therapeutic music, end-of-life care, and more, to care for patients.

The new inpatient spaces will provide the necessary amount of privacy for patients and their families with added comfort.

Other hospitals in our region have undergone renovations to meet the needs of patients and their communities. Jefferson Health broke ground in 2018 on their $205 million expansion project and was ranked one of the best hospitals in the nation.


Philadelphia Fashion District Opens Doors to Online Brands

A new retailing concept in Fashion District Philadelphia is hoping to attract primarily online brands into a brick-and-mortar space. Fashion District Philadelphia is expected to open in September 2019 and will have shopping, dining and entertainment destinations along 9th & Market Streets.

This exciting concept called BrandBox was developed by Macerich Co., and is also being launched in other cities, such as Chicago and Portland.

Having a physical space has been shown to enhance the customer experience because it provides a place to pick up or return items, generates impulse purchases, and allows retailers to build relationships with their customers.

The spaces range from 500- to 2,500-square-feet with leases available between six to 12 months. Other perks of renting a space from BrandBox are design, build out and programming, data from in-store sales and foot traffic, and social media marketing support.

Select’s podcast, Growing Greater, featured two business leaders who are also redesigning our Greater Philadelphia community in Episode 15: Designing the Future.

5 New Nonstop Flights Available at PHL Airport

Frontier Airlines will provide flights to five new destinations originating from Philadelphia International Airport (PHL). The newly added flights will be available as soon as April 30th and May 1st.

The five new locations are:

  • Atlanta, Georgia (ATL)
  • Myrtle Beach, South Carolina (MYR)
  • Las Vegas, Nevada (LAS)
  • Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina (RDU)
  • Pensacola, Florida (PNS)

“Frontier’s growing network here gives more affordable options to folks who want to travel by air,” said PHL Airport CEO Chellie Cameron in a statement.

Depending on the flight, these deals are available every day, which is convenient for frequent fliers. Frontier is the second largest carrier by destinations served at the Philadelphia International Airport, behind American Airlines.

In 2013, Frontier also added nonstop flights from the Princeton/Trenton area to Chicago, Fort Lauderdale, New Orleans, Raleigh/Durham, Tampa and other locations. Direct flights such as these support growth in Greater Philadelphia by providing easy transportation options for business and vacation travelers alike.

The Met Philly Showcases Glamorous Redesign

Two years after construction began, the $56 million Met Philly opera house renovation has transformed the over one hundred year old building.

“These spectacular images help define the concepts we’re developing that will provide the ultimate concert experience for our guests with the best sight lines, crystal clear sound and so much more,” said Geoff Gordon, Live Nation Philadelphia’s regional president, when the first renderings of the new space were revealed earlier this year.

The building originally opened in 1908 and holds a capacity of approximately 4,000 people.

Now the ceilings shine from gold detailing and clear lines and the walls feature many art deco pieces.

This redevelopment project by Eric Blumenfeld is a part of the overall redevelopment that stretches four miles along North Broad Street.

Other renovations along North Broad Street include The Divine Lorraine Hotel, which reopened a year ago with two restaurants and retail stores. The E. Hart Stable building also underwent revitalization back in 2017. The retail space and 41 new apartments were redeveloped by North Broad Living Management.

GoPuff Continues with Greater Philadelphia Expansion Project

The digital convenience retailer, goPuff, has set sights on opening a distribution center in Gloucester County, N.J. The company’s new 299,750-square-foot facility is expected to be fully operational by the end of 2019.

GoPuff delivers thousands of products from groceries to household goods in over 50 U.S. markets.

This expansion will create more than 600 new jobs in the next three years.

“Providing meaningful growth opportunities to businesses with new ideas is a principal component of my Economic Plan and rebuilding the innovation economy in New Jersey,” said Governor Phil Murphy. “I am confident that goPuff will benefit from New Jersey’s world-class location and workforce, and I congratulate them on their expansion here.”

This facility will be in addition to the New Brunswick and Cherry Hill, N.J. distribution centers.

“As we continue to fuel the expansion of our brand, the addition of our new distribution center is important to our continued growth and success,” said Rafael Ilishayev, goPuff co-founder.

Last month, goPuff announced a $4 million Philadelphia expansion project investment.  The company’s new Philadelphia headquarters will provide over 150 full-time jobs. This is in addition to their 10 new warehouses across Pennsylvania in Allegheny, Chester, Dauphin, Lackawanna, and Philadelphia counties, which are expected to generate over 500 jobs within the next three years.

Fintech Company Adds 250 Jobs to Greater Philadelphia Workforce

Marlette Funding, an online lender, will add 250 jobs right outside of Wilmington, D.E. over the next three years.  This job growth is in addition to their $7.5 million headquarters expansion.

“This is a great incentive for us to continue to build out our business here in Delaware,” said Bobby Ritterbeck, chief marketing officer for the five-year-old financial technology company.

Delaware’s Council on Development Finance recommended the state to provide $2.7 million worth of grants to aid Marlette Funding’s pending job growth.

Council members approved the deal, in which Marlette would receive taxpayer grants as long as the company meets their hiring goals by 2021. To keep the funding, the company would have to maintain the employment level until 2024.

“With Delaware’s strength in finance and business services, we are ideally positioned to foster and support the fintech sector as well as other technology-based ventures,” Governor John Carney said. “This commitment from Marlette reaffirms that Delaware is a great state for businesses of all sizes to put down roots, grow and create jobs.”

In 2016, JP Morgan Chase brought an increase of financial technology jobs to Delaware. Delaware’s financial services sector continues to add to the growth of our region’s workforce.

New Castle County Receives $250,000 Grant

New Castle County in Delaware is one of three communities nationwide to receive a $250,000 grant from the Youth Workforce Fund.

This aligns with Citi Foundation’s three-year $100 million initiative called Pathways to Progress, which reduces youth unemployment through training and access to jobs.

The Youth Workforce Funds grant will provide paid work experience for more than 150 youth in New Castle County and the City of Wilmington. Their three main goals are:

  • Paid career path exploration and job placement opportunities
  • Increased number and types of paid job placements
  • Industry-specific job training for practical job skills

“We must reduce the high rate of youth unemployment and better prepare young people for the jobs of tomorrow,” New Castle County Executive Matt Meyer said. “Thank you to the Citi Foundation, West End Neighborhood House and local employers for supporting our county’s youth on the path to career success.”

New Castle County will also use this grant to support their 2019 Summer Youth Employment Program, which will further provide job opportunities for the area’s youth.

In 2012, the Walmart Foundation awarded Philadelphia Youth Network a grant for its Summer Youth Employment Initiative. This initiative is similar to the New Castle County grant with intentions to fund summer work opportunities for low income, disengaged youth.

South Jersey Gas Opens Atlantic City, NJ HQ

South Jersey Gas opened a new headquarters in Atlantic City, NJ this November. The opening celebration included board members, business leaders, elected officials, employees, project partners, and others.

“It’s just the latest in a string of celebrations that all point to one irrefutable fact: Atlantic City is back,” Governor Phil Murphy said. This is expected to be a great contribution to Atlantic City’s economy.

The new building is a part of a $210 million, public-private redevelopment initiative on 270,000 square feet of land in the Lower Chelsea neighborhood called the Atlantic City Gateway Project.

New Jersey offered new incentives for business in 2015 to keep jobs from leaving and create new jobs in New Jersey. This incentive has encouraged development in Camden, Trenton, and the southern half of the state.

Greater Philadelphia Public High Schools Featured on Top 100 List

Forty schools in Greater Philadelphia were among the highest-scoring schools on the most recent Keystone Exams according to a Philadelphia Business Journal analysis of Pennsylvania Department of Education data.

This exam measures high schoolers’ skills in three subjects: biology, algebra and literature. The subject is labeled from advanced, proficient, basic or below basic.

The following Greater Philadelphia schools landed in the top 10 best public schools in Pennsylvania:

  • 10th – Conestoga Senior High School from Chester County
  • 9th – Unionville High School from Chester County
  • 8th – Radnor Senior High School from Delaware County
  • 3rd – Central High School from Philadelphia County
  • 2nd – Julia R. Masterman Middle and High School from Philadelphia County
  • 1st – Downingtown STEM Academy from Chester County

In 2016, 32 out of 50 Pennsylvania’s best public schools were located in Greater Philadelphia. Both lists are a testament to the excellent access to public education in our region.

GoPuff Announces Greater Philadelphia Expansion Project

The Drexel University alumni-founded company, GoPuff, is investing $4 million into their Philadelphia expansion project.

The new 30,000-square-foot headquarters will provide over 150 full-time jobs.

GoPuff is also adding 10 new warehouses across Pennsylvania in Allegheny, Chester, Dauphin, Lackawanna, and Philadelphia counties, which are expected to create over 500 jobs in the Greater Philadelphia area within the next three years.

Other companies are expanding their headquarters into Philadelphia, too. For instance, Proscia Inc., a medical technology firm, expanded their headquarters to Philadelphia due to the sought-after talent pool and distinguished universities in our region.