What does Philadelphia need to make it a world-class region? It needs its college graduates to stick around, said Robert J. McNeill, the newly-elected chairman of the Economy League of Greater Philadelphia.
"Philadelphia already is a great region to live work and play," McNeill said in our Leadership Agenda interview published in Monday's Inquirer. "I think being able to communicate and demonstrate that to our recent graduates is critical to our success and I think it could go a long way."
McNeill's employer, Deloitte LLP, the giant public accounting firm, is doing its part. (McNeill heads its Philadelphia office). This year, nationally, Deloitte will bring on 7,000 campus hires, either for jobs or internships. McNeill isn't sure how many of those will be in Philadelphia.
In Philadelphia, McNeill said, the Economy League works with Campus Philly, an organization with the raison d'etre of retaining more of the region's bumper crop of college graduates.