Sunday, February 1, 2015

Why Del.'s ex-Chrysler plant looks like Philly's Navy Yard

How gas subsidies, nurse-practicioners, cloud-computing investors and Elena Delle Donne's dad are turning what might have been the University of Delaware's new campus into a mixed-use complex serving multiple agendas

Why Del.'s ex-Chrysler plant looks like Philly's Navy Yard

When the privately-run but state-backed University of Delaware outbid private developers to buy the 272-acre former Chrysler manufacturing plant in Newark, Del., there was more than one agenda at work: UD President Pat Harker needed space for growing paramedical professional programs; state Gov. Jack Markell wanted to retain industrial jobs and attract more from the growing health and energy industries; private developers, local and out-of-state corporations, and growing school departments jockeyed for space.

To read how state natural-gas subsidies,  cloud-computing investors from New York, the Obamacare-driven surge in demand for nurse-practicioners, and basketball star Elena Delle Donne's dad are helping turn UD's new property into "a public-private partnership that's probably driven more on the private side," read my story on Page One of today's Phiadelphia Inquirer here.  (If you're not yet a subscriber you can still read it using promotions code B17B, this week.) 

Joseph N. DiStefano
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PhillyDeals posts raw drafts and updates of Joseph N. DiStefano's columns and stories about Philly-area finance, investment, commercial real estate, tech, hiring and public spending, which he's been writing since 1989, mostly for the Philadelphia Inquirer.

DiStefano studied economics, history and a little engineering at Penn, taught writing at St. Joe's, and has written the book Comcasted, more than a thousand columns, and thousands of articles, and raised six children with his wife, who is a saint.

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