Graduate! Philadelphia: The Challenge to Complete

Philadelphia faces a stark challenge. Today’s economy demands well-educated workers practiced at complex and creative problem-solving. The city of Philadelphia is at the bottom – 92nd – of the country’s 100 largest cities in the percentage of college educated residents. This poorly educated workforce discourages business growth and formation and prevents residents from realizing their earnings and career growth potential.


This “blue paper” – a cross between a white paper that outlines the problem and the blueprint to tackling it – lays out the magnitude and consequences of this problem. It is the joint effort of the Pennsylvania Economy League, the Philadelphia Workforce Investment Board, and Graduate! Philadelphia.