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Rating the Region: Metropolitan Indicators Report

June 21, 2016

This report compares 26 metropolitan areas in terms of demographics, natural resources and the environment; livable communities; the economy; and transportation. The Philadelphia region's strengths include its diverse economy; relatively affordable housing, myriad of colleges, universities, and cultural opportunities; health care resources; extensive highway and transit network; and quality air and port facilities. These strengths, however, threaten to be checked by regional challenges, including urban concentrations of poverty and unemployment; low labor force participation; disparately low educational attainment in its cities; an aging population; and fragmented local government. The challenge facing the region is identifying how to capitalize and build on its strengths while recognizing and working to resolve its identified weaknesses.

Regional Data Bulletin # 095: Residential Building Permits, 2010 -- 2014 DVRPC's 28-County Extended Data Services Area

June 1, 2015

As the Greater Philadelphia region's metropolitan planning organization (MPO), DVRPC provides technical assistance and services to its member state, county, and local governments; the private sector; and the public. Delaware Valley Data is our periodic series of free data bulletins, data snapshots, and analytical reports. Regional Data Bulletin #095 presents residential building permit data for 2010 through 2014 in the extended 28-county data services area. Residential construction activity data is derived from current reports and publications compiled by the U.S. Census Bureau's Residential Construction Statistics Division. Municipalities provide the Census Bureau with tabulations of the number of housing units authorized, according to types of structures. In the few cases where municipalities reported building permit activity for some months but not for all 12 months, the Census Bureau estimates the total yearly number of building permits based on past building permit activity.

Investing in People and Places: Greater Philadelphia's Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy

October 1, 2014

This report was created to satisfy provisions for a regional Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) for Greater Philadelphia. The report includes background demographic, economic, and land use data; identifies regional strengths, challenges, and opportunities; sets regional economic development goals and objectives; discusses community and private sector participation in the development and implementation of the CEDS; identifies key projects and activities designed to advance the CEDS goals and objectives; describes a plan of action for implementing the strategy; and identifies performance measures that will be tracked in future years to measure progress made toward achieving the regional goals. The regional CEDS was developed under the guidance of a Strategy Committee that includes representatives of the county planning and economic development agencies, regional economic development organizations, educational institutions, and the private sector.

The Mismatch between Housing and Jobs: A 2011 Update and Discussion on Achieving Balance

January 1, 2012

The overall goal of this report, initiated in FY 2010 for the Southeastern Pennsylvania counties and expanded in FY 2011 to include the region's four Southern New Jersey counties, is to assess the region's current housing stock, evaluate the balance between jobs and housing, identify potential alternatives for achieving a better regional jobs/housing balance, to promote socioeconomic balance and diversity throughout Greater Philadelphia. The report begins with an assessment of the region's housing stock, including an inventory of existing public and assisted housing. The study continues with a discussion of current federal and state housing-related programs, policies, and initiatives that are thought to have influenced residential development patterns.

Greater Philadelphia Economic Development Framework

October 31, 2009

The Greater Philadelphia Economic Development Framework (Framework) was developed to satisfy provisions for a Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) for the Greater Philadelphia Region, encompassing portions of Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware. This document was developed according to provisions outlined in 13 CFR 303.7(c), Consideration of non- EDA funded CEDS, and was authored cooperatively with Select Greater Philadelphia and Ben Franklin Technology Partners. This Framework provides an overview of economic development in Greater Philadelphia, and includes a regional profile (including an historical overview, economic and demographic characteristics, the identification of 'distressed' communities as per EDA definition, and projected trends); a review of regional economic development organizations, programs, and resources; and summaries of key economic development documents, including numerous studies, reports, and analyses that have been developed over the last few years that provide insight into challenges and opportunities for economic growth in Greater Philadelphia. The report identifies regional economic development goals, objectives, and performance measures and includes a list of key economic development projects identified by the region's economic development and planning professionals as most likely to contribute towards meeting the identified goals and objectives.

The American Community Survey

August 31, 2008

Analytical data report #15 is the latest in a series of bulletins designed to complement our traditional data releases. The American Community Survey (ACS) is a continuous household survey conducted by the United States Census Bureau that will replace the long-form of the traditional decennial Census. ADR #15 provides background information on the ACS and the benefits and challenges associated with its use. The report also reviews some of the estimates currently available for the region's nine counties and six largest municipalities and, based on this data, discusses demographic changes in the Delaware Valley between 2000 and 2006.

Rating the Region: The State of the Delaware Valley

December 31, 2007

In 1993, DVRPC published the first Rating the Region report, which compared the Philadelphia metropolitan area to the nation's nine other largest metros plus Pittsburgh and Baltimore as regional competitors. That report found that the Philadelphia region had one of the nation's most diverse economies, low unemployment, a low poverty rate, affordable housing, relatively low taxes, short commute times, and a multitude of colleges, universities, and hospitals. This 2007 version of Rating the Region updates the 1993 report, providing an objective, quantifiable analysis of the relative strengths and weaknesses of the Delaware Valley region. Using comparable data from the Census Bureau and other Federal agencies, existing conditions and trends of the region are measured against other metropolitan regions around the country.The report compares the metropolitan areas in terms of their human environment (including diversity, age, income, education, health, and safety); the economy; the built and natural environment (including density, housing characteristics, residential construction, and urban parkland); transportation; and the civic environment (including representation, taxes, revenue, expenditures, conservation funding, and arts and culture). Based on this analysis, the Delaware Valley continues to offer a diverse economy, affordable housing opportunities, a quality highway and transit network, short commute times, quality air and port facilities, a large number of colleges, universities, and cultural opportunities, and an extensive health care network. These strengths, however, threaten to be checked by regional challenges, such as urban concentrations of poverty and unemployment, low labor force participation, poor educational attainment in its cities, a rapidly aging population, and fragmented local government. The challenge facing the region is capitalizing and building on its strengths while recognizing and working to address its identified weaknesses.

A Post-Global Economic Development Strategy

March 3, 2007

The development of the US economy has been fundamentally shaped by the availability of abundant, low-cost energy. There is growing consensus, however, that a major change in the global energy regime will impact the economy shortly. The question is not if, but rather how soon and how much. Efforts will be needed to create alternative energy sources, to increase energy efficiency, and to redesign major urban systems. Economic globalization may also be radically redirected as a new 'post-global' paradigm emerges which includes elements of both globalization and localization. To harness the economic potential of these changes, this report recommends that economic development entities in the Delaware Valley begin retooling their efforts. As part of a comprehensive economic development strategy for the region, this report also recommends making smarter transportation investments, coupling these investments with more sustainable land-use patterns, fostering clusters in emerging eco-industries, and maximizing the value of these initiatives by eco-branding the region as a sustainability center.