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DreamIt Health expands to Baltimore with Johns Hopkins University partnership

Philadelphia startup accelerator DreamIt Ventures' healthcare-focused arm, DreamIt Health, is expanding into Baltimore with a new partnership with Johns Hopkins University and BioHealth Innovation, reports MobiHealthNews.
 
Christy Wyskiel, advisor to the president at Johns Hopkins, said the school was enthusiastic, especially because DreamIt Health’s Philadelphia class worked with Penn Medicine, which is connected to the University of Pennsylvania. In Baltimore, Hopkins will provide resources not just from the medical school and medical center, but also from the business school, engineering school, and school of public health. Wyskiel said President Ronald Daniels has been pushing involvement in entrepreneurship and innovation as a priority for the school in general.
 
Original source: MobiHealthNews
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Can Philadelphia land bank reverse blight by transforming 40,000 abandoned properties?

The New York Times checks in on the progress of Philadelphia establishing a land bank for its 40,000 abandoned properties as City Council readies to vote on the issue.
 
“There are new tools to allow government to acquire tax-delinquent properties without putting them out on the market to the highest bidder,” said Rick Sauer, executive director of the Philadelphia Association of Community Development Corporations, which is helping to lead the land-bank initiative.
 
To keep property from speculators who might sit on it for years without improving it, he said, the land bank would insist that buyers were current on taxes, had no history of code violations and had the resources to make promised changes.
 
Original source: The New York Times
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Pittsburgh among those leading the maker revolution

The Kids Creativity Network, Children's Museum of Pittsburgh and Maker Corps. are among the reasons Pittsburgh is leading the maker revolution, reports CNN.
 
The Elizabeth Forward School District, south of Pittsburgh, is integrating the maker movement into the core of its education mission. The district is "remaking education," transforming traditional classrooms and the library into interactive digital learning labs.

"It helped me learn more, actually," says Alyssa, a junior.
 
Original source: CNN
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Another heaping helping of Philadelphia's food renaissance

The Guardian is the latest to take a tour of Philadelphia's food and restaurant renaissance. Businesses like Fork jump-started the area's renaissance. 
 
Many of us who grew up in Philadelphia remember the Old City of the not-too-distant past, when derelict buildings formed a coal necklace around the city's historical gems. 
 
But Fork – a light-filled, amber enclave with high ceilings and an open kitchen – changed how Philadelphians dined when it opened in 1997. It is doing so again, with a new chef, Eli Kulp, who is currently cooking some of the city's most fascinating food.
 
Original source: The Guardian
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Station to Station public art train stops in Pittsburgh

Wired reports on Station to Station, the barnstorming public art project that made its way to Pittsburgh recently.

The rotunda was roaring. As Station to Station’s latest event got underway last night at Pittsburgh’s Union Station, the crowd members outside were greeted by the deafening approach of the Kansas City Marching Cobras, whose thunderous, sky-high drums (and equally aerial pom-poms) signaled the start of the show. After leading a swell of audience members into the station, they were paired with the swarming guitars and drums of No Age, whose buzzsaw set felt a bit more menacing than it did on Friday in Brooklyn.
 
Original source: Wired
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Class act: Levittown high school's drama program heralded by NYT

The New York Times profiles the dynamic drama program at Harry S. Truman High School in Levittown.

[Drama director Lou] Volpe is one of those people who create astonishing success in the most unlikely of settings. Generations of his students heard him say, “If all we had was a bare stage with one light bulb, we could still do theater.” And the thing is, they believed him.
 
As the community was going to pieces, Volpe built Truman’s drama program into one of the best in America, and the school itself into something like a de facto high school for the performing arts. He and his assistant director, a student of his in the early ’90s, taught nothing but theater — three levels of it, plus musical theater. A third teacher, also a former student, taught theater to ninth graders....
 
Even though he didn’t speak in the idiom of the movement, much of what I observed in Volpe’s theater program could fit comfortably within the muscular language of education reform — with its emphasis on problem solving, standards, "racing to the top" and accountability. Theater is part of the "arts," an airy term, but the time his students spent with him was actually the least theoretical part of their day. With each production, they set an incredibly high goal and went about building something.
 
Original source: The New York Times
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Now you can take Wharton MBA classes online for free

The University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School is the latest institution to offer courses online for free via online learning platform Coursera.
 
While you won’t get the full Wharton on-campus experience—or an internship, career services, or alumni network, for that matter—the new courses in financial accounting, marketing, and corporate finance duplicate much of what you would learn during your first year at the elite business school, says Don Huesman, managing director of the innovation group at Wharton.
 
Original source: BusinessWeek
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Making the case for Pittsburgh as best place to launch a startup

Avere Systems CEO Ron Bianchini Jr. writes in the Wall Street Journal why Pittsburgh is the best place to launch a startup.

We all know that Pittsburgh unites when it comes to football, baseball and hockey, but innovation and technology is becoming far and wide what sets the city apart.  Pittsburgh is a hotbed for many incubators and technology organizations that aim to support technological growth in the area. Early stage investors like Innovation Works, where I have an active leadership role, as well as incubators like AlphaLab and associations like the Pittsburgh Technology Council, are all prime examples of how the local community is helping startups thrive in Pittsburgh.
 
Original source: Wall Street Journal 
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Philadelphia No. 7, Pittsburgh No. 24 on 25 Most Pedestrian Oriented and Walkable Cities list.

List 25 puts Philadelphia at No. 7 and Pittsburgh at No. 24 on its Most Pedestrian Oriented and Walkable Citiest list.
 
With five of its neighborhoods ranking really high on walkability and biking scores, Philadelphia ranks among the top five most walkable large cities in the US. They have really good walk paths and with the number of restaurants, bars and coffee shops in the city, one can walk pass four shops in five minutes on average.
 
Original source: List 25
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Shared Prosperity, a Philadelphia poverty program geared towards transparency, gains national attent

The New York Times reports on Shared Prosperity, which offers "one-stop shopping" for poor Philadelphians seeking services and hopes to create jobs and improve early childhood education.
 
But with an array of public and private agencies providing different services in different locations, many poor people here are not getting the assistance available to them that could help them find work or qualify for benefits.
 
In response, Philadelphia initiated an effort this summer that offers "one-stop shopping" in local outreach centers to help people get all the assistance they need — with food, housing, job training, financial counseling, child care and other services — in one place.
 
The effort, called Shared Prosperity, is a response to the recent growth in the number of poor people, many of whom are not benefiting from the city’s current economic recovery, said Eva Gladstein, executive director of the Mayor’s Office of Community Empowerment and Opportunity, which runs the program.
 
Original source: The New York Times
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Addicted to the Internet? Nation's first inpatient treatment program opens in Bradford

The nation's first inpatient treatment program for those battling an Internet addiction opened this week at Bradford Regional Medical Center in the Northern Tier.
 
"We’re really behind other countries in treating this problem,” psychologist Kimberly Young, Ph.D., who founded the program, told CNN. 
 
“China, Korea, and Taiwan all have treatment centers. Here in the United States, people who need treatment don’t have anywhere to go. Now, we finally have something to offer people.”
 
Original source: Shape
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Pennsylvania integrates facial recognition with law enforcement, PennDot

Government Technology writes about Pennsylvania's integration of facial recognition capacility with state law enforcement agencies and PennDot, creating a single interface that protects law enforcement and citizen privacy.
 
“There came an opportunity recently for us to integrate the two systems and really do two things at once,” said Dave Naisby, JNET’s executive director. “The first was reduce costs for the Commonwealth, but then the second was to allow our users who had access to both systems the opportunity to search both systems through one user interface.”
 
Original source: Government Technology
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Why not? Philly cheerleading in Wall Street Journal

The founder of Philadelphia-based social media marketing company Curalate, Apu Gupta, writes in the Wall Street Journal about how he answers the question: Why Philly?

We’ve grown from three people in May 2012 to 24 now without lowering our hiring bar. While the sheer volume of qualified people is greater in both SF and NYC, the competition for those people is also tremendous. In Philly, we stand out. We’re surrounded by excellent universities and continue to attract folks who have the chops to make it at a startup. We also find the hires we make tend to be more loyal and aren’t jumping to be a part of the next shiny new thing.

Original source: Wall Street Journal
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A close-up look at Philadelphia's untapped tech talent

Technorati talks to serial entrepreneur Rick Gorman about Philadelphia's untapped market of technology talent.

Gorman is the new kind of entrepreneur, brand builder, known best for creating niche services in rapid growth markets. It's the lean startup model, that he uses, which is allowing him and others to compete with Silicon Valley from anywhere. Gorman explains it best saying, "Philadelphia is a hub of untapped talent--there’s a shortage of good tech companies in the area and a plethora of great people."

Source: Technorati
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Inside the ever-growing Pittsburgh vs. Portland matchup

It has become commonplace for Pittsburgh and Portland to land on lists of cities touting all that is cool, innovative or green. The Think Urban blog considers how these two cities stack up head-to-head.

So is Pittsburgh the next big thing? Quite possibly. But that’s not the point. What’s happening in Pittsburgh is great, that’s true. But the same sorts of things are happening in cities all over the country – young people changing their city to be more livable, making their way, riding bikes and making waves. Maybe Pittsburgh and other cities like it will continue their rise in the “best city” charts, and I applaud them. This is a paradigm shift, not a popularity contest. The more we can make cities better for bicycling, creative enterprises, and general all around livability, the better we’ll all be. There’s no need to fight about it. If these top city lists help spur better cities, then I support them. May the best city win? Sure. But if that’s the case, I hope we all win eventually.

Original source: Think Urban
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