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Health and Growth in Philadelphia

By February 1, 2017August 16th, 2021Health Insurance Industry
Philadelphia city skyline at night

Each morning that I commute into Philadelphia via the Platt Bridge, I am greeted by a stellar skyline view. It’s a visual reminder that this city is doing well for itself.

There are 25 high-rises currently under construction throughout the downtown area, not to mention the many smaller builds and renovations that are kicking up dust. In fact, there were 82 construction projects underway by the end of 2015, and more are added to the list daily. For city residents, this means new homes, new restaurants, new shops, and new offices. It in turn also means new jobs.

Construction Means Jobs — Today and Tomorrow

To me, it feels like the more cranes and dumpsters lining a city’s streets, the better its economy. Philadelphia is investing in itself, and in the process it’s becoming a more attractive place to work, live, and play.

Each new office space means a new employee will eventually have a desk there. But the impact isn’t just for the employees of tomorrow — active construction and growth also means jobs for the workers doing the building.

Philadelphia’s building trades include electricians, operating engineers, laborers, sheet metal workers, carpenters, and more. These individuals are helping build Philadelphia, and I’m proud that I have a part in helping them.

Partnering with Building Trade Groups

Independence Blue Cross (Independence) is honored to be a key partner with many of Philadelphia’s building trade groups — folks that have built and continue to build our city.

Independence values the opportunity to serve as the go-to partner trade groups need to ensure their workers are well taken care of. And we’re always working to offer a diverse line-up of insurance options, wellness programs, and opportunities to improve their health.

We are proud to count unions among our members.

Custom Insurance Solutions

Each of our groups is different, and we often work closely with their benefits administrators to create custom packages that match the needs of their population.

This means health insurance plans that match their budget, wellness programs that support their members’ needs and wants, and health management programs to address their most common illnesses and conditions. Whether it’s encouraging healthier lunches with the help of a nutritionist, helping members know their numbers with onsite biometric screenings, or rewarding them for quitting smoking, we are on their side, helping them get and stay happy and healthy.

Independence has called Philadelphia home for nearly 80 years and has been a part of its growth, revitalization, and now its future. We are proud to have our headquarters at 1901 Market Street, a recognizable and iconic part of the Philly skyline, and look forward to welcoming the many new additions joining us.

This article was originally published on LinkedIn Pulse.


Ken Norton

Ken Norton is director of sales at Independence Blue Cross responsible for the management of health & welfare, education, and Federal Employment Program (FEP). With more than three decades in the group insurance and health care industry, Ken applies his extensive experience to providing clients with proactive, strategic solutions. On the national level, Ken serves a member of the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association (BCBSA) National Labor Board. Ken received a bachelor’s degree from Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania.