David Thornburgh

Recently for KYW News Radio, David Thornburgh discussed how a person's moving habits throughout his or her life may relate to his or her intelligence. Read the transcription of his on-air piece below. I’ve always been fascinated by the demographics of mobility0. I’m actually thinking about getting a “demography is destiny” tattoo, which is why a new study on mobility (i.e. who moves, why, and...
This week for KYW News Radio, David Thornburgh discusses how clusters of industry in cities relates to their potential for economic growth. Read the whole story and tune in below: I’m a big fan of Jim Russel, who writes a blog for the California-based Miller-McCune publication. He asks and tries to answer questions about the economy, growth, and urban decline. Plus, he’s a Pittsburgh guy like me...
In his segment on KYW News Radio, Executive Director David Thornburgh considers what it takes to be more productive. Here’s the six point plan from blogger Eric Barker. Make it part of your back-from-the-beach resolutions. First, manage your mood. Everything becomes easier once you have a positive approach to it. Two, don’t check email in the morning. Your inbox too easily becomes your agenda...
Internet has enabled a whole new category of companies, including Uber and Lift car sharing, Airbnb rent-a-room, and eBay, that have been dubbed the “sharing economy.” A recent report from Airbanb states that in the last year they generated over $600 million in economic activity in New York alone. This is enough to support the equivalent of roughly 4,500 jobs. The implications of this new...
We have all heard the adage that small businesses are the engine of our national economy and create most of our new jobs from countless politicians.  However, we’ve known for 35 years that it’s not so much small firms that create jobs, but in fact new firms.  We call these startups. In round numbers and in any given year, new firms create two thirds of all new jobs, with most of them...
Comparing one city to another in economic or competitive terms is a little like comparing their cultural scenes. There is no such thing as the best city or the best cultural scene, only that the best of them are distinctive and complex. Which for business strategy fans is reassuring, because that is exactly what Michael Porter stressed on his classic works on corporate strategy - strive to be...
The Economy League of Greater Philadelphia, the long standing business led civic organization, just held its annual leadership exchange, which brought together 200 leaders in the private, public, and nonprofit sectors in a strategic retreat to consider the region’s key challenges and opportunities. This exchange serves a reminder of just how critical diverse mutli-sector leadership teams are to...
People have a general tendency to conclude that population gain is always a good thing – a sign that a city, region, state, or country is on its way back. Take Allentown for example. Allentown’s population grew by 11% since 2000, making it the fast growing city in the state. Break open the champagne, right? Maybe not. As the population has grown, its household income has slipped, from about...
Market research firm, Harris Interactive, recently asked Americans where they would rather be if they weren’t where they are. American’s responded that they’d most like to live in New York, San Diego, LA, San Francisco, and Honolulu. They’d least like to live in New York, Detroit, LA, Chicago, and Miami. It’s not clear how many folks quoted our old comedian friend, W.C. Fields, “I would rather...
One of Philadelphia’s greatest success stories in the last 15 years has been the turnaround and growth of University City. According to the fourth annual State of University City report produced by the University City District, home values have tripled in the last decade, average household income has climbed 36% in 20 years, and the rate of violent crime has dropped 44% since 1998. Credit goes...
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