On Tuesday, January 9, 2017, the Philadelphia Business Journal held the 2018 Economic Conference. Featuring keynote speakers Alan Berube of Brookings Institution and Marc Morial of the National Urban League, the half-day conference examined challenges facing Greater Philadelphia in the coming year, such as a need for more staff in city offices to handle the surge in construction paperwork to an oversupply of beds in area hospitals.

GBCA Director of Industry Relations, Lance Claiborne, introduced one of the panels, Competitiveness: What can Greater Philadelphia do to become a major economic hotspot? This panel featured Jerry Sweeney, Brandywine Realty Trust; Mike Krupit, Trajectify LLC, Alison Perelman, Executive Director, Philadelphia 3.0; and Derek Green, City Councilman At-Large, City of Philadelphia. Charged with discussing competitiveness, the panel was asked what’s holding the region back. The answer appeared to be cohesive and forward-thinking leadership.

Over 200 individuals attended the conference, and there were a lot of engaged conversations taking place, with attendees thinking about what Philadelphia leaders need to consider to move the city and the region forward.

Check out some photos of the event here:

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GBCA was a sponsor of the event, and we want to thank our members who attended: Representatives from Aon, CBIZ, Clemens Construction Company, Graboyes Commercial Window Company, Jenkintown Building Services, Mara Restoration, O’Donnell & Naccarato, P. Agnes, Raymond James & Associates, Torcon, Turner Construction, and Willis Towers Watson.