February 2022
News + Updates
2021 State of North Broad
ESI in partnership with North Broad Renaissance, released the 2021 State of North Broad report, which highlights demographics and development within the North Broad census tracts, and the impacts the COVID-19 pandemic had on the corridor. Associate Director, Julia Cohen, has been instrumental as a prime contributor in this project.

PHILADELPHIA250 Legacy Panel
ESI has partnered with PHILADELPHIA250 to collaborate on the "Leave a Legacy Panel" on February 16th.

Staff and Senior Advisor Updates
Gina Lavery recently joined the board of the Philadelphia Real Estate Council
ESI congratulates Senior Advisor Rysheema Dixon for five strong years of public service on Wilmington City Council. She is stepping down to focus on her business as it grows nationally and internationally.
Senior Advisor Maud Lyon is facilitating the board retreat and strategic plan development for the West Philadelphia Cultural Alliance, a.k.a. the Paul Robeson House Museum. She is also facilitating a strategic plan for the Belle Isle Conservancy, a park conservancy in Detroit.
Senior Advisor Joyce Lee has joined the Philaelphia Environmental Justice Advocacy Commission of the Office of Sustainability
RoseAnn Rosenthal led the structuring of the JVS Philadelphia Fund for Women which was also covered in The Inquirer.
Beth Miller is now a Project Manager at Becker & Frondorf
Jamie Bracey Green is the new Co-Chair of the Public Engagement Committee for the Citizen Action Council of the Department of Environmental Protection and was recently named a Fellow of the African Scientific Institute in the area global sustainability. Green's company, Think and Grow Farms, is also building indoor practice farms in North Philadelphia and Chester to increase minority student access to urban agriculture technologies. The learning labs are sponsored in part by a $60,000 infrastructure grant from the Philadelphia Department of Agriculture
Update from the Center
Team members of ESI Center for the Future of Cities, our newest thought leadership initiative, are gearing up for timely, in-depth explorations of topics that are important to city leaders: Rethinking Quality of Place; A New Approach to Inclusive Entrepreneurial Ecosystems; and Redefining Smart and Connected Communities. These issues affect cities of all sizes, in regions across the U.S. To learn more and get involved, contact Steve Wray, wray@econsultsolutions.com.
U.S. - China Research
LPR Adjustment Reveals Pressures on China's Real Estate Market

As expected by the market, the loan prime rate (LPR) in China, which is the benchmark for financial credit, was lowered on January 20.

Present Value
Senior Advisor, Rob Fleming, reflects on his career and provides some insight on the present and future of sustainability. Click the link below to find out more! Read more.
Steve Wray explains the importance of ESI's Center for the Future of Cities.

Gina Lavery explores some of the questions that ESI Center for the Future of Cities aims to answer in researching Accessible Quality of Place

Frank Robinson explains the necessary to-do list items on every cities list that is invested in Inclusive Entrepreneurial Ecosystems! Click the link to find out more.

Client Spotlight
PCCP LLC has arranged a $500 million loan to fund the Bellwether District, a massive redevelopment project at the 1,300-acre former Philadelphia Energy Solutions refinery site in South Philadelphia. Read more.
Mosaic Developments Partners received a $10M investment from Josh Harris, managing partner of the 76ers in a bid to help diversify the real estate workforce and boost development in disenfranchised communities.
The Future of Yowie
Yowie CEO, Shannon Maldonado, shares an exclusive look at her past and how it has shaped her business as well as her new store front that she is opening up! Take a look.
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