July 2019 Newsletter
ESI was commissioned by the Sustainable Business Network of Greater Philadelphia to evaluate the local economic impact of Green City, Clean Waters, an ambitious initiative of the Philadelphia Water Department that is investing in Green Stormwater Infrastructure (GSI) throughout the City. Our analysis revealed that the local GSI industry is experiencing double-digit annual revenue growth, supporting as many as 430 local jobs, and generating nearly $1 million in City tax revenues yearly.

Traffic could be signal of success, but if not managed properly it reduces the attractiveness of Center City Philadelphia as a business location, undermining a key competitive advantage. Our report puts a price tag on the economic and social losses of congestion that all Philadelphians pay, demonstrating that there is much to be gained from addressing congestion. Read the report.

On behalf of a coalition of data center developers and suppliers, Econsult Solutions, Inc. explored the potential growth of the industry in Pennsylvania if the Commonwealth enacted a full sales and use tax exemption, similar to what is available in more than twenty states across the U.S. Read the report.
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Staff and Senior Advisor Updates
Econsult Solutions is proud to announce the promotion of several of our staff members. Each one has demonstrated their expertise and commitment to our practice and our client work. Please join us in congratulating all of these top-notch professionals.
Rebecca DeJoseph is now an Associate Director. She provides project leadership for both Econsult Solutions and ESI ThoughtLab.
Gabrielle Connor is now an Associate Director. Ms. Connor has been the firm's go-to expert for econometric modeling and trains our staff in the tools and methods.
Elizabeth Desmond has been promoted to Associate Director. Ms. Desmond applies expertise in finance, economics, and statistical analysis to a range of projects.
Ethan Conner-Ross has been promoted to Vice President and Associate Principal at ESI. He is an experienced leader who brings cross-disciplinary skills.
Lily Ho has been promoted to Senior Analyst. At ESI, Ms. Ho has provided expertise in developing ESI's mapping standards and data visualizations, in addition to providing economic analyses for projects.
Steve Wray, MS , is now Econsult Solutions' Vice President for Strategic Initiatives. In this role Mr. Wray develops and implements programs in support of ESI's vision.
Welcome Aboard
We are pleased to announce that the following people have joined our practice, on staff and as senior advisors. A hearty welcome to each of them.
We are very pleased that Richard J. Lobron has joined the ESI Senior Advisor panel. Mr. Lobron is an expert in transportation having been involved with all modes throughout his career. He has held top-level posts and is published in the field.
Julia Cohen has joined ESI as an Analyst. Ms. Cohen was an intern with us while she completed a Master's Degree in Historic Preservation and City Planning at University of Pennsylvania.
Mary Dever is ESI's newest Analyst. Ms. Dever recently graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a BA in Urban Studies.
Carolyn Asher , a Boston College ('21) student majoring in History and Political Science, joins us as a Research Assistant intern.
ESI in Action
Steve Wray   spoke at the 5G Construction and Smart City-NJ's Future conference, June 26. In addition, Steve presented A Roadmap to Smarter Cities along with Pennoni at the Triangle Business Journal's event in Cary, NC, July 11.
Richard Voith presented How to Become a Smart City to the Central Philadelphia Development Corporation in collaboration with Joe Viscuso, PE of Pennoni , July 10.
Gina Lavery   is now a member of CREW Philadelphia (Commercial Real Estate Women).
Senior Advisor Robin Winston received the Walter S. and Alpha Blackburn Protege Award , which recognizes a person of "substance and style" who works to make a difference in the Indianapolis community.
ESI's Stephen P. Mullin & Brooke Queenan join Sharmain Matlock-Turner, President & CEO, Urban Affairs Coalition , at Center City Proprietors Association's Lunch with the City's Leaders, May 29.
News from the Lab

We are excited to announce the launch of our new quarterly newsletter, Thoughtnomics . The name aptly describes ESI ThoughtLab's mission: to deliver high-impact thought leadership through applied economics and advanced analytics.

The goal of this newsletter is to demonstrate how to increase the value of your thought leadership by applying innovative economic analysis. Through this newsletter, we plan to inform you of our evidence-based research initiatives, share thought leadership ideas from our clients, and examine top-of-mind issues for business and government leaders.

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US-China Research

ANBOUND published, Hong Kong's prosperity and the Chinese economy which reexamines the relationship between China and Hong Kong due to the recent uprising of the people of Hong Kong. ANBOUND writes that "The prosperity of Hong Kong depends not only on mainland China, but also on the international community. If Hong Kong is no longer being recognized by the international community, this would undermine the foundation of its prosperity and ultimately affect the overall stability of the Chinese economy." 

Read ANBOUND Newsletter to l earn more about Chinese think thank ANBOUND's research and analysis of current economic events affecting China, United States, and the world.  Contact ESI to find out about our partnership with ANBOUND.
Present Value

The Internal Conflict Underlying College Closures
by Elmore Alexander

2019 Summer Reading and Listening List
by Arty Altanzaya

Making Shared Services Happen
by Brooke Queenan and Daniel Connelly

Where can we Expect the First Major OZ Activity in Philadelphia?
by Gina Lavery and Jing Liu

STEM or Liberal Arts? Yes!
by Lee Huang and Arty Altanzaya

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