Philadelphia cancer care experts will gather tomorrow to imagine the patient experience of the future

Philadelphia, PA – May 21, 2018. Leaders in oncology care management from across the Greater Philadelphia Region will gather tomorrow to envision a superior patient journey for those diagnosed with cancer.

Hosted by the Health Care Innovation Collaborative (HIC), an initiative of the CEO Council for Growth, the event is designed to move the needle on patient outcomes and significantly enhance the reputation and image of the Philadelphia region as the premier center for oncology care.

“The Greater Philadelphia Region has an incomparable combination of people and organizations working every day to deliver the very best in oncology care,” said Gary Kurtzman […]

Members of Congress Advocate for Northeast Corridor Funding

Dear Chairman Frelinghuysen, Ranking Member Lowey, Chairman Diaz-Balart, and Ranking Member Price:

On behalf of commuters and community stakeholders who rely on the Northeast Corridor (NEC), we respectfully request that any final Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 appropriations legislation include robust funding for the Federal-State Partnership for State of Good Repair, a federally authorized grant program dedicated to repairing and replacing existing rail assets, including portions of the NEC in a state of disrepair.

As you know, the House appropriated $500 million in H.R. 3353, the FY 2018 Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies appropriations bill, for the Federal-State Partnership for […]

CEO Council for Growth highlights health care innovations in Philadelphia region

Effort showcases breakthroughs with national, international impact

PHILADELPHIA — Cybersecurity for medical devices, a breast cancer tool saving lives in underdeveloped parts of the world and an effort placing health care workers in disadvantaged communities to improve residents’ health.  

These are a few of the game-changing health care innovations happening in the Philadelphia region and the focus of an effort by the Health Care Innovation Collaborative, an initiative of the CEO Council for Growth, to draw attention to the accomplishments of the region. As part of its effort, the council is releasing a series of case studies […]

Transforming our region’s infrastructure

This article was originally published in Metro US.

Last week, Congress returned to Washington, D.C., to begin work on a laundry list of legislative items, including extending the Children’s Health Insurance Program, reauthorizing the Federal Aviation Administration, reforming our tax code and fixing the immigration system.

In September, Congress is in session only 12 days, so while we recognize there is a lot to do in a short amount of time, we’d like to add one more item to Congress’ to-do list this fall: the passage of a transformative transportation infrastructure spending package.

Earlier this year, the CEO Council for Growth developed […]

Philadelphia as a laboratory for healthcare innovation: A conversation with Gary Kurtzman of Safeguard Scientifics

This article was originally published on MedCityNews.

by Andrew Zaleski

In his role as senior VP and managing director of Safeguard Scientifics, a venture capital firm based just outside Philadelphia, Gary Kurtzman leads the firm’s healthcare investments. So he’s perhaps a bit biased when he says that Philadelphia is the “center of the healthcare universe,” as he did in a 2016 interview.

“I really hate the ‘Silicon Valley of’ characterization because we have our own character,” Kurtzman said during an interview at MedCity’s recent CONVERGE conference. “But we should be a destination for healthcare innovation.”

Leading cancer centers and hospital […]

Federal Legislative Update: June 2017

The CEO Council for Growth (CEO Council) leads our region forward by envisioning a stronger, more competitive community, convening decision-makers, taking action, and advocating for policies and practices that strengthen our regional economy. The CEO Council is committed to enhancing economic growth and prosperity in our region through regional and national policy. This update summarizes recent congressional activity as it relates to the identified priorities of the CEO Council.

CEO Council Meeting with Congressional Delegation

Last March, members of the CEO Council and College and University Presidents’ Alliance met with eleven Members of our congressional delegation to discuss the ways to collectively […]

CEO Council for Growth Hosts Annual Forum

The Congressional delegation of the Greater Philadelphia region joined the CEO Council for Growth (CEO Council) at Drexel University in West Philadelphia on March 6, 2017 for its annual meeting to discuss policy issues related to infrastructure, talent and innovation. Over 70 business, civic and higher education leaders from the Greater Philadelphia region convened with Members of Congress in order to strengthen the region’s voice in Washington, D.C. Among those in attendance were:

  • Senator Thomas R. Carper (D–DE),
  • Senator Chris Coons (D–DE),
  • Senator Patrick J. Toomey (R–PA),
  • Congressman Ryan Costello (R–PA),
  • […]

New Coalition Launched to Promote Rail Infrastructure Investment Across Northeast Corridor

This press release was originally published by Holland & Knight LLP.

(Washington, D.C.) —  A diverse group of businesses and community stakeholders today announced the formation of the Coalition for the Northeast Corridor (CNEC) – a group brought together to realize the Corridor’s potential by advocating for federal infrastructure investment and to pursue an ambitious vision for growth.

CNEC members rely on the Northeast Corridor (NEC) to move and sustain a workforce that contributes $50 billion annually to the American economy.   The “NEC Infrastructure Master Plan” estimated that the NEC will need $52 billion over the next 20 […]

Report: Immigrants vital part of U.S. economy

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Urging Congress to overhaul the immigration system or risk losing in global workforce competition, Philadelphia business and community leaders rallied Wednesday on Independence Mall, releasing fresh state-by-state data on the economic impact of foreign-born newcomers and launching a campaign they call Reason for Reform.

Rob Wonderling, president and CEO of the Chamber of Commerce for Greater Philadelphia, called on elected officials to “enact policies and reforms that will support immigration as critical [to] innovation, company formation, and job growth” in the region.

The areas of the country that will “lead in the 21st century must intentionally […]

Health Care Innovation Collaborative Announces New Member Christiana Care Health System, Strong Application Numbers As Deadline Approaches

Christiana Care Health System becomes ninth member of the Collaborative; generating interest in region and world ahead of January 15thdeadline

PHILADELPHIA, January 11, 2016 – The CEO Council for Growth (“CEO Council”) announced that its Health Care Innovation Collaborative (“Collaborative”) is receiving strong interest from innovators around the country and world to work with Collaborative Members in order to tackle problems associated with chronic disease. In November, the Collaborative launched an open call for idea submissions to accelerate innovation that improves patient care and outcomes at To date, the Collaborative has […]

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