Trump’s Budget Proposal Leaves Delco Boeing Workers in Limbo

The Boeing V-22 Osprey, one of the Delco plant's products. Image via Wikimedia Commons.

The Boeing V-22 Osprey, one of the Delco plant’s products. Image via Wikimedia Commons.

As President Trump plans massive cuts across the federal government to fund defense, his new spending wish list leaves one local factory in limbo.

According to the Inquirer, workers at Delco’s Boeing Corp. war helicopter factory and division headquarters may be out of jobs next year.

The plant has already experienced layoffs, with the potential for more this spring, Mike Tolassi, president of the United Aerospace Workers Local 1069, told the InquirerRead more »

I Love My Job: Widener University President Julie Wollman

Image courtesy of Julie Wollman.

Image courtesy of Julie Wollman.

When Julie E. Wollman was inaugurated as the 10th president of Widener University in 2016, she also became the university’s first female president. With more than 25 years in higher education, Wollman has developed a strong understanding of the enduring value of education and of a college degree. And Widener surely isn’t her first go at leadership: Before making her way to the Chester-based school, which enrolls more than 6,400 students, Wollman was president of Edinboro University of Pennsylvania. During her time there, she established Porreco College, a satellite campus in Erie, Pa. that offers associate degrees and certificate programs. She’s also held leadership positions at a handful other schools across New England. In this interview, Wollman reflects on her own schooling and tells us a principle she’s championed at Widener. And with a new administration in the White House, Wollman discusses leadership, Betsy DeVos, Sanctuary Campuses, and why she didn’t sign the letter from university presidents to Trump, which criticized his immigration order. Wollman also tells us how she likes to relax and the most important books she’s read recently.  Read more »

Coachella Sues Urban Outfitters in Trademark Battle

Screenshot of Free People website.

Screenshot of Free People website.

Urban Outfitters has been hit with yet another trademark infringement lawsuit. This time it’s the popular Coachella music festival that’s demanding that the Philly clothier cease and desist.

The Southern California festival and its promoter, Goldenvoice, say that Urban Outfitters won’t stop adding “Coachella” to the branding of some of its apparel and accessories. Read more »

SXSW Day 5: Scenes From the Music Showcase

Good Girl on stage at Philly's SXSW 2017 music showcase.

Good Girl on stage at Philly’s SXSW 2017 music showcase.

After the SXSW tradeshow came to a close, Philadelphia was out in full force on Tuesday night at the Amplify Philly official showcase held at Buffalo Billiards on 6th Street in Austin.

The showcase only served to solidify the pride Philadelphians emitted for Philly at SXSW.

“It’s amazing that you can see the same faces in Austin that you’d see walking down South Street,” said Scarlet Hernandez, the senior account manager at REC Philly, as she watched the venue fill up Tuesday night.  Read more »

iHeart Debuts Philly LGBTQ Radio Station

curtis.kennington | Flickr | Photo shared under a Creative Commons license

curtis.kennington | Flickr | Photo shared under a Creative Commons license

iHeartMedia Philadelphia has launched “Pride Radio Philly,” a digital radio station geared towards local lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer listeners. It’ll be the area’s first digital station of its kind and local listeners can tune on 102.1 HD2. Nationally, the station can be heard on iHeart Radio’s app.

iHeartMedia already has the popular national station Pride Radio, but Richard Lewis, president of iHeart’s Philly arm, wanted to add some local flavor to the mix, the PBJ reportsRead more »

Urban Outfitters Kicked Out of S&P 500

Urban-Outfitters

About a week after CEO Richard Hayne criticized the state of the retail landscape, his company Urban Outfitters has been dropped from the S&P 500.

The S&P 500 raised its market cap guidelines last week. Effective March 20th, stocks included in the S&P 500 must now have a total value of at least $6.1 billion, a 15% increase from the previous $5.3 billion requirement. This means that Urban Outfitters will now be relegated to the stock index’s MidCap 400, which includes companies with a market cap between $1.6 billion to $6.8 billion. The Navy Yard-based retailer has a market cap of $2.77 billion. Read more »

SXSW Day 4: Philly Knows How to Mix and Mingle

The scene at Philly's SXSW VIP event with DJ Jazzy Jeff. Image via Rec Philly.

The scene at Philly’s SXSW VIP event with DJ Jazzy Jeff. Image via Rec Philly.

A build-your-own cheesesteak bar and a set by legendary DJ Jazzy Jeff were two highlights of Amplify’s Philly’s VIP event hosted at the Old School Bar & Grill. Eager SXSWers formed a line that wrapped around the block to enter the sold-out show on Austin’s bustling 6th Street Monday night.

DJ Royale kicked the night off with a mix that had guests on the dance floor within minutes, and Jazzy Jeff and DJ Aktive kept the energy going all night. It was easy to spot the Amplify Philly team in their blue t-shirts as they mingled with attendees throughout the crowd. Conversations centered on the impact Philly is making at SXSW.

Image via Rec Philly.

Image via Rec Philly.

Image via Rec Philly.

Image via Rec Philly.

“After seeing this event, the pride you guys have for your city is undeniable,” a conference goer from San Francisco told me. The music side of the conference gives Philly another opportunity to showcase its talent on the national stage. And the VIP event is just a taste of the music talent that Philly has to offer at SXSW. Tuesday night, Amplify Philly, along with Philly music promo group REC Philly, will wrap up its SXSW presence at a music showcase featuring acts like Lititz, Bilal, and The Districts. We’ll have a recap on that tomorrow.

Here’s are some other happenings from Philly’s fourth day in Austin:

  • The tradeshow was underway for its second day, and Philly companies were ready to once again share their innovations.
  • Philly’s own breast milk management and analytics company, Keriton, won SXSW’s Impact Pediatric Health pitch competition. The startup’s founder, Penn grad student Vidur Bhatnagar, beat out more than 100 other startups and will take home $15,000. The win has also opened up lines of communication for the startup with some of the country’s top children’s hospitals.
  • The Comcast social media lounge hosted another panel of Philly leaders. This time the panel featured female founders Tracey Welson-Rossman, Bethany Edwards, Gesche Haas and Yasmine Mustafa.

Tracey Welson-Rossman caught up with her co-panelists after the talk.

Alli C. Adams is an executive assistant at Rec Philly.

Todd Carmichael Completes Tom Hanks’ White House Press Corps Gift

Todd Carmichael, CEO of La Colombe shows off his latest creation: Draft latte in a can. (Photo by Jared Shelly)

Todd Carmichael, CEO of La Colombe shows off his latest creation: Draft latte in a can. (Photo by Jared Shelly)

As if we needed another reason to confirm Todd Carmichael’s distinguished greatness, the La Colombe CEO, who’s typically globe-trotting and thinking up plans to revolutionize how we caffeinate, just got political.

Last week, after Tom Hanks sent a new coffee machine to the White House pressroom, Carmichael followed suit by sending a shipment of coffee to the press corps.  Read more »

Shuttered A.C. Casino to Reopen as Indoor Water Park

An aerial view of the beach and casinos in Atlantic City.

Aerial View of Atlantic City. Photo | Wikimedia Commons.

Building on a chain of recent deals in Atlantic City, Ventnor-based R&R Development Group announced on Monday that it has entered into an agreement to purchase the shuttered Atlantic Club, which they won’t reopen as a casino. Instead, the group has plans to open “Dolphin Village at Atlantic Club,” a non-gambling family resort complete with an indoor water park.

Atlantic Club has been non-operational since 2014, and the plans want to breathe life into the space. The remodeled space will include a hotel — they hope to have 300 rooms open by the fall, according to the Press of Atlantic City — restaurants and a large arcade. The casino floor will also be turned into a go-cart track.  Read more »

So, Wait, Does Urban Outfitters Really Not Have an HR Department?

urban outfitters taking over KOP

Last week, we told you about a controversial flex-time policy change at Urban Outfitters that had outraged some of the parents who worked there. The one part of the story that had us the most perplexed was this: The employees we spoke with all claimed that Urban Outfitters does not have a human resources department for them to go to with their complaints. Read more »

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