How Mayor Parker can use tech policy to boost Philly’s economy and strengthen opportunity

The Philadelphia region has fewer than 100,000 jobs at tech companies, but closer to 150,000 tech workers across all industries, according to’s reporting last month. Thousands more use technology as creators, artists and in an array of other fields, from the building trades to advanced manufacturing to the life sciences.

No surprise that Mayor Cherelle Parker, who was inaugurated last week, has already signaled her interest in technology.

Parker’s transition team featured a slew of workforce development leaders focused on tech skills. A few tech entrepreneurs and technologists were there too. One of the mayor’s first executive orders was a pledge to prioritize being “visible, responsive and effective,” terms commonly used by civic tech nerds to describe data analysis, digital services and web tools.

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