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The West Philadelphia Skills Initiative (WPSI) | From West Philly to the World
The Philadelphia Citizen
By Bruce Katz and Megan Humes

Last week, the Nowak Metro Finance Lab at Drexel University, Accelerator for America and the Centre for Public Impact released West Philadelphia Skills Initiative (WPSI): A Model for Urban Workforce Development, a study we conducted along with Dan Vogel at the Centre for Public Impact and guided by Matt Bergheiser and Sarah Steltz at University City District.

With City Cases like these, we seek to provide a road map to scale and replicate the institutional and financing models that have driven large-scale urban transformation across the United States and beyond.

By demonstrating how reorganizing public, private and civic resources in creative ways can build community wealth, we aim to contribute to a new paradigm for developing inclusive cities.

WPSI was founded in 2011 by the University City District (UCD), an economic development nonprofit modeled like a Business Improvement District (BID).

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