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November 10: Responsible data stewardship | Property tax delinquency | Abandoned mines

Philadelphia-based pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline has granted ten local nonprofits $40,000 each to address community safety, education, legal access, and food access, Generocity’s Julie Zeglen writes. GSK's 2017 Impact (short for innovative, measured, partnered, accountable, community-centered and transformative) Awards recipients include Greensgrow, Southeastern Asian Mutual Assistance Associations Coalition (SEAMAAC), and Food Moxie.

Revenue Commissioner Frank Breslin says “delinquent taxes owed to the city have been reduced by 31 percent,” WHYY News’ Tom McDonald reports. Breslin credited collectors’ different tactics, such as income-based repayment plans.

On abandoned places and economic impact: this month, The Pulse explores projects in Pennsylvania that received federal funding to repurpose abandoned coalmines. Congress approved $90 million for a pilot for the proposed RECLAIM Act to Pennsylvania, Kentucky, and West Virginia to clean up and convert the sites to uses that spur long-term benefits for the local economy.

In a city that’s embraced the open data movement, we Philadelphians discovered innovative ways to access, share, and find solutions with publicly available data at our fingertips. So we understand the question at the minute and national level: what ethical standards should data analysts be held to? Technical.ly Philly highlights key takeaways on the topic of “a greater accountability to Internet users worldwide to balance data collection and analysis with responsible data stewardship.”

Delaware Riverkeeper Network (DRN) has accused PA DEP of neglecting cleanup of the Bishop Tube industrial site in Malvern, Jon Hurdle reports. DRN filed a complaint with Commonwealth Court accusing DEP of “manifest neglect and dilatory conduct” over at least 17 years. DEP’s site says that site owner Constitution Drive Partners “is ‘re-evaluating’ its development plan.”

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About the author

Diana Lu, Community Engagement Editor

Diana runs PlanPhilly’s community outreach and engagement online and in real life. She has spent more than ten years in the non-profit and public sectors working on urban development issues including environmental justice, design-based manufacturing, and community and economic development.  Prior to joining PlanPhilly, Diana worked as the Director of Partnerships and Outreach for 10,000 Small Businesses, a public-private initiative focused strengthening local businesses through revenue generation and local job creation.  Follow Diana on instagram @dianaluwho and email her at dlu@whyy.org.



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