January 2022
News + Updates
Congratulations to ESI's Clients Who Were Awarded RACP Grants
  • Augusta Westland/Leonardo Helicopters
  • Center City District
  • Iron Stone Real Estate Partners
  • Public Health Management Corporation
  • Reading Terminal Market
  • Salem Baptist Church
  • University Place Associates

ESI can help with your application.
Staff and Senior Advisor Updates
Welcome onboard, Elizabeth Wang who has joined ESI as an Analyst.
Julia Flanagan is now a Senior Analyst, congratulations!
Lily Ho was recently promoted to Associate Director. Well deserved!
Congratulations to Mike Daly who has been promoted to Business Development Manager.
Lee Huang will be a panelist discussing "Economic Development and the Impact on the Supply Chain Crisis" at ISM's Thu, Jan 20 Lunch and Learn.
Angela Dowd-Burton is the Editor-in-Chief of Drexel University's DUBAC A Legacy to Share, a book celebrating Notable Black Alumni, the Drexel 100, and Drexel Pioneers, exploring their inspiring lives. Soon to be released, it will be a dynamic resource for college students, parents, and educators. Proceeds from sales will benefit the Drexel University Black Alumni Council Scholarship Fund. Join the launch online with DUBAC, Sat, Jan 22, featuring Angela Dowd-Burton and contributing authors.
Rob Fleming is now the Director of On-line Innovation with the Weitzman School of Design at the University of Pennsylvania.
Richard Bickel will attend and participate in the Transportation Research Board Annual Meeting in Washington, DC, this month.
Joyce Lee co-authored Green Trends in Museum Retail which appeared in the American Alliance of Museums blog, discussing waste reduction in the post pandemic world. Also, in December, Joyce was interviewed by Institute for Market Transformation, a DC-based, non-profit think tank.
Bernard Markstein was quoted in Bankrate’s Fourth-Quarter Economic Indicator survey of economists. The survey and Mr. Marstein's quote were picked up for a news article published in Bakersfield.com.
Sidney Wong presented "Population, Industrial Chain, and Chinese Speed" online, in Macau, focused on the Greater Bay Area, ASEAN nations, and Malaysia. Mr. Wong has also submitted for publication in Beijing, Liang Sicheng, Lin Huiyin and City Planning in China, chronicling the research of two 1927 University of Pennsylvania graduates of China's urban planning from 1912-1952, featuring American and English architects who were involved.
Michael Golden reports a strong year for corporate transactions leading to employee ownership and wealth creation for lower paid workers. SES ESOP Strategies managed more than 30 ESOP transactions, more than $500 million and several thousand new employee-owners. ESOPs are a tax-advantaged sale strategy for privately-held corporation shareholders – a fair price, preserving their legacy, and providing their employees with substantial retirement retirement security.
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, [email protected].
U.S. - China Research
China's Economic Growth in 2022 Calls for Attention

As the year 2021 drew to a close, the prospect of China's economic growth in 2022 became one of the main focuses of the market.

Present Value
Looking Ahead to 2022
by Steve Wray
ESI Center for the Future of Cities was launched to tackle big questions facing communities. We are eager to study what works and what’s next in cities around the US and the world, and also to create and drive what works and what’s next.

2021 in Review
Highlights of projects completed for clients in 2021.

In early December we checked the analytics to find which of our Present Value articles were most read in 2021.

For the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, we posted a summary of what has been going on at Econsult Solutions.

Measures for addressing the COVID-19 pandemic have stressed businesses to their limits. In making the case for shopping local, especially during the holiday gift-giving season, Business Development Manager Mike Daly highlights the impacts of spending locally.

Client Spotlight
Spark Therapeutics Gene Therapy Innovation Center was featured in Drexel Now. (Photo courtesy of Spark Therapeutics.)

The Downtown Dover Partnership has engaged a team lead by Mosaic Development Partners, with ESI completing economic impact analyses, to develop a master plan for 250 acres in the heart of Dover, DE.

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