July 2021
News + Updates
ESI is honored to be recognized as one of the 50 most community-minded companies in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware for 2021 by the Civic 50 of Greater Philadelphia. Out of the 50 companies chosen by the Civic 50 in this inaugural class, ESI ranked 11th in investment, 27th in integration, 18th in institutionalization and 32nd in impact. ESI was awarded a silver medal in investment and a bronze medal for its work in institutionalization. Learn more.
Becoming Co-Presidents, One Year Later
Last July, Peter Angelides and Lee Huang were named Co-Presidents of ESI. The past 12 months in that role have been challenging, unpredictable, and ultimately rewarding. “We’re thankful to have such a smart and dedicated team, and grateful to get to work with so many wonderful clients on so many important topics,” said Huang. Angelides added, “And we’re appreciative of our immediate predecessors Steve Mullin and Dick Voith for setting the standard and giving us room to grow into these responsibilities, and we’re particularly glad we can continue to lean on them day in and day out for their insights in the office and their leadership on a wide portfolio of projects.”
Econsult Solutions, Inc. was hired by Grounds for Sculpture (GFS) to produce a feasibility analysis component in support of GFS’s proposed ceramics studio. ESI provided a mission framework reference guide, along with a customer archetype and competitor landscape analysis. As well as an interactive pro forma model and a case-making report. Learn more.
ESI's analysis of the economic and revenue impact of data centers in Pennsylvania was a factor in the passage of Data Center SUT (Sales and Use Tax) Exemption Legislation. Governor Tom Wolf signed a state budget bill that includes a computer data center tax incentive championed by Senator Scott Hutchinson, State Representative Donna Oberlander, and Senator John Yudichak. Learn more.
The Keystone Communities program is designed to encourage the creation of partnerships between the public and private sectors that jointly support local initiatives such as the growth and stability of neighborhoods and communities; social and economic diversity; and a strong and secure quality of life. ESI can assist applicants for this highly competitive program. Applications are being accepted now through August 21st. Contact us today.
ESI is looking for an Analyst and Senior Analyst to join our team. Additional details on qualifications and how to apply can be found on our Career Page. Learn more.
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Staff and Senior Advisor Updates
Congratulations to Rysheema Dixon on becoming the youngest and first black city Councilwoman for Wilimington, and for being featured in Impact Magazine. Learn more.
Bernard Markstein was quoted in an article about the recovery of the U.S economy. Learn more.
Steve Wray took part as a panelist presenting "Smart Cities: Improving Philadelphia through Innovation Technology" to The Chamber of Commerce for Greater Philadelphia.
On June 23rd Richard Voith spoke at the ACCCIM-ANBOUND forum on Digital City Development in the Post Covid Era about Digitalization, Density and Development: Where to Invest. Learn more.
Ardy Wurtzel will join a panel at Society for Diversity 5.0 on "Exploring the Progression and Challenges of Implementing DEI Strategies in Higher Education”. Learn more.
Frank Robinson will join a panel at Society for Diversity 5.0 on "Exploring the Progression and Challenges of Implementing DEI Strategies in Higher Education”. Learn more.
Joyce Lee spoke at Hong Kong Green Building Council’s SDG Forum event. The event partner was the Chinese University of Hong Kong Jockey Club Museum of Climate Change. Learn more.
Lee Huang, Stephen Mullin, Frank Robinson and Senior Advisor W. Wilson Goode, Jr. presented a webinar on “The Power of Disparity Studies: Responsible Banking and Diverse Contracting” for Local Progress on June 17. Learn more.
News from the Lab
ESI ThoughtLab Editorial Director Anna Szterenfeld sits down with members of the Wealth and Asset Management 4.0 advisory board to gain new perspective on the megatrends leading to massive transformation within the industry.
U.S. - China Research
On May 24, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov accepted an exclusive interview with the Russian-language newspaper Argumenty i Fakty, which mainly focused on Russia-U.S. and Russia-Ukraine relations. In his discussion on Russia-China relations, Lavrov made it clear that Russia would not form an alliance with China, and also hinted that he had no intention of joining the "U.S.-China Cold War". This is not the first time that Lavrov has made such a statement, and there have been repeated changes of Russia's attitude in recent time. This could very well signify that certain changes in Russia-China relations are bound to take place.
Present Value
We compiled some fascinating articles, our present value posts and summer activities into one post.
by Gina Lavery, Matt Ludwig and Niles Barnes
In a Q&A, ESI’s Senior Vice President & Principal, Gina Lavery, discusses how demand for trail infrastructure is rising and the importance of the role of trails in equitable economic development with NV5's Matt Ludwig and East Coast Greenway's Niles Barnes.
Senior Advisor Curtis J. Gregory reflects on the importance of Juneteenth and the historical significance behind it.
Director Rebecca DeJoseph discusses the importance of nationwide broadband and an opportunity for economic development in locations not fully equipped with high speed connectivity.
Client Spotlight
Congratulations to The Michaels Organization for receiving $1M for their Harlan Sharswood project. ESI conducted a market study to support their application. Read more.
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