June 2022
News + Updates
ESI Highlights Real Estate all Month Long
ESI' real estate practice marries academic-level rigor with real world experience to provide government and private sector clients with a wide range of analyses, advice, planning, and presentation.

Learn more about our Real Estate Practice today.
ESI's Work with Delaware County: Economic Development Strategy
ESI recently presented findings from a study that highlights the Economic Development Strategic Plan.

The Delco Economic Development Strategic Plan consisted of ESI conducting multiple key analyses, such as economic situation, future forces, and SWOT analyses. A series of multi-step recommendations were provided to ensure current and future growth and prosperity of the County.
ESI's Work with Delaware County Continued: Return on Environment
ESI additionally examined the economic impact of protected open space.

The report, titled Return on Environment: The Economic Impact of Protected Open Space in Delaware County, PA includes an outline of the history of green space in Delaware County, the County's vision for the future, and six case studies demonstrating the economic value of green space within diverse communities.
University of Notre Dame Procurement and Benchmarking Analysis
ESI recently completed an analysis and benchmarking study of procurement practices for the University of Notre Dame, making recommendations on how the University can extend opportunities to firms as it advances economic equity.
Philadelphia's Future Employment Patterns
A recently published report by The Pew Charitable Trust on Philadelphia's economic future "How Future Employment Patterns Could Put Philadelphia's Operating Budget at Risk" includes four varying scenarios that ESI developed to gauge the city's current and future prosperity.
MLP Ventures Group Discovery Labs
“The Discovery Labs,” which is now one of the largest life science clusters in the greater Philadelphia region was created by MLP Ventures Group (MLP). A crucial part of the regional cell and gene therapy ecosystem, ESI assisted MLP in conducting an economic impact analysis of The Discovery Labs.
ESI Eats!
ESI has offered staff a monthly allowance to dine out in Center City Philadelphia during the workday. As a firm, we benefit from the setting in which we are located, the shopping options and public amenities, as well as street life that we can access here. In turn, we benefit the setting by being physically present, for it's our eyes and ears and dollars that help make the city a more vibrant location to live and work.

ESI's initiative was briefly mentioned in an article discussing the future of Center City in a post-pandemic landscape. You can also click here for a brief introduction to the initiative!
Staff and Senior Advisor Updates
Senior Advisor Rosalyn McPherson has been given a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Philadelphia Association of Black Journalists on May 20.
Senior Advisor Jeremy Sunkett presented at the ULI Philadelphia: Spring Forward 2022 - Passive House Tour on June 7, 2022.
Richard Voith presented a keynote speech at Investing in Infrastructure, presented by the Philadelphia Business Journal on June 8. A panel session followed and included Yassmin Gramian (PennDOT), Kelly Knutson (Coalition for the Delaware River Watershed), Leslie Richards (SEPTA), Barry Seymour (DVRPC), and Brian Traylor (Amtrak).
Steve Wray will be on hand presenting ESI's research on the economic value and benefits of preserved open space in Mercer County at the New Jersey Planning & Redevelopment Conference. The panel, which includes Elanor V. Horne (Lawrence Hopewell Trail Corporation), John S. Watson, Jr. (New Jersey Conservation Foundation), and Leslie R. Floyd (Mercer County Planning Department), will look at the study findings through an equity lens.
In May, Senior Advisor Bernard Markstein gave a presentation to a select group of GLG clients via Zoom on “The Housing Market Affordability and Inventory Challenge.”
Senior Advisor Joyce Lee's firm, IndigoJLD Green + Health, was instrumental in the Third-Party Net Zero Energy Certification of the North Andover Historical Society, awarded this month.
Senior Advisor Steve Anderson will be attending "Selling to The World: Growing a Vibrant, Inclusive & Connected Economy for Greater Philadelphia" the World Trade Center's 18th Annual Global Business Conference. Looking ahead to Oct 2022, he will be attending the first-ever Forest Innovation Summit bringing California and Sweden’s forestry sectors together to share new and existing innovations from an environmental social and political organizations.
Senior Advisor Greg Byrnes, Executive Director of the New Mexico Biotechnology and Biomedical Association (NMBio) will be hosting a New Mexico Pavilion at the BIO International Convention in San Diego, June 13-16. NMBio will be showcasing several of the state’s most promising bioscience startups in addition to promoting the research taking place at Los Alamos National Labs, Sandia National Labs and the state’s major universities to the anticipated 17,000 attendees from more than 70 countries.
Update from the Center

The conversation of cybersecurity and it's critical impacts is something that is becoming increasingly important, especially with the onset of smart cities. No longer are just firms being targeted in cyber attacks, but so are cities with the amount of technology that is implemented into their infrastructures. In the latest ESI Present Value blog post, ESI Intern Caleb Cavazos takes a more in-depth look into this topic of cybersecurity and smart cities, examining proposed steps cities can take to protect against cyberattacks that can hold services and systems hostage.

Read the full blog post here.

To learn more about the Center for the Future of Cities and to get involved, contact Steve Wray, wray@econsultsolutions.com.
U.S. - China Research
The "Fast" versus the "Slow" in China's Infrastructure Investment

The State Council of China has lately issued certain measures to stabilize the economy. To accelerate investment and economic growth, it emphasized the issuance of special bonds, including expanding their use, so as to enlarge the investment in infrastructure...

Present Value
ESI Business Development and Marketing Intern Salvatore Gullotta examines the importance of local businesses to their communities. Aside from adding vibrancy and life to their locales, other benefits such as economic, diversity, and environmental are procured as well.

by Jacob Kayer and Kian Williams
ESI research assistants Jacob Kayser and Kian Williams collaboratively examine the importance of agriculture to the economy, from a national and a state perspective, specifically in Pennsylvania. The importance of the sector, as well as programs supporting agricultural employment and migrant workers are discussed.

by Salvatore Gullotta and Kagiso Reed
ESI Business Development and Marketing team members Salvatore Gullotta and Kagiso Reed highlight some innovative electric vehicles (EVs) on the market this year. They explore a number of different models, provide some background on their manufacturers, and highlight what makes each vehicle special.

by Salvatore Gullotta and Kagiso Reed
ESI Business Development and Marketing team members Salvatore Gullotta and Kagiso Reed provide insights into a new ESI initiative: ESI Eats, as well as the importance of supporting businesses.

Client Spotlight
Visit Philadelphia, the City's nationally recognized marketing organization, has just recently named Angela Val as the new President and CEO. She brings in over two decades of dedicated experience in the tourism and hospitality industry and a strong passion for the City of Philadelphia.
Congratulations to Chellie Cameron for being appointed the new President & CEO of The Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce. Ms. Cameron had previously served as Philadelphia International Airport's CEO since 2016.
The Fairmount Park Conservancy, Philadelphia Parks and Recreation, and the Friends of FDR, are making headway on implementation of the FDR Park Plan. Fairmount Park Conservancy is guiding completion of the new Welcome Center for FDR Park, which will include enhancements for climate resiliency. This will be the first of three projects for the FDR Park Plan's Gateway Phase.
On Sunday June 19th, Delaware County will be holding a Juneteenth Celebration from 1:00pm - 5:00pm at Rose Tree Park, located at 1671 N. Providence Road, Media PA.

With food, artistic performances, and showcasing local businesses, “This free, family-friendly event gives our residents an opportunity to celebrate an important milestone in history...” - Delaware County Council Chair Dr. Monica Taylor.
Drexel University has recently offered a special topics course, titled "Philadelphia's Black Doctors," which helped students to "dip their toes into real-world applications of medical ethics and museums in the 21st century." In conjunction, the class worked with The Mütter Museum and coincided with their project regarding the history of Philadelphia's Black doctors and Black hospitals.
Intercultural Family Services is breaking new ground and moving along with construction of a new mixed-use development that is a 148,000-square-foot project in West Philadelphia. The organization plans to use a portion of the development as its new headquarters.
"A coalition of health care organizations is transforming the former Mercy Philadelphia hospital campus and sowing seeds of promise in West Philadelphia." ESI is happy to be supporting Public Health Management Corporation (PHMC) on their efforts regarding this project.
The Downtown Dover Partnership (DDP) and Mosaic Development Partners unveil their downtown dover plan. They held a small charrette for economic development, transportation and planning leaders to view the downtown Dover master plan.
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