June 2021
News + Updates
Before activating an initiative aimed to help 100,000 people rise out of poverty in five years, United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey (UWGPSNJ) needed to build an effective, branded outreach campaign. J2 Design, UWGPSNJ’s branding consultant, engaged ESI to complete research into the conditions that have sustained poverty in the region to inform the campaign’s messaging. Learn more.
COVID-19 disrupted many plans and strategies which were meant to be implemented. ESI can assist in recovery and help build a resilient plan for the future. Our Economic Recovery Planning Services offer sophisticated analysis, strategies for equitable and inclusive growth, and implementable strategies to accelerate recovery. Learn more.
The USDOT is accepting applicants for the FY 2021 round of the Rebuilding American Infrastructure with Sustainability and Equity (RAISE) discretionary grant program (formerly BUILD and TIGER) to fund transportation projects of national and regional significance to help boost employment. ESI can assist applicants for this highly competitive program. Applications are due July 12th. Learn More.
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Staff and Senior Advisor Updates
We welcome Melissa Wright to the ESI team, joining as an Associate Director. Melissa joins us from her previous role at Teach for America.
We also welcome Al-Jalil Gault to the team as an Analyst! Al-Jalil joins us full-time after interning with us in 2020-2021.
Steve Wray joined Carnegie Mellon University to share findings from our study Smart Cities Solutions for a Riskier World and to discuss the role of technology in helping cities address social, environmental, and economic issues, and discuss solutions and strategies. Learn more.
On June 23rd Richard Voith will be speaking at the ACCCIM-ANBOUND forum on Digital City Development in the Post Covid Era about Digitalization, Density and Development: Where to Invest. Register here.
Joyce Lee will present at the US Green Building Council’s “Live!” international conference on June 8. Read more. She also spoke at ICON’s London event on May 27th.

Congratulations to Sidney Wong for becoming a field supervisor with the Census Bureau, regarding Post Survey Enumeration.
Susan Baltake has been appointed as the Mayor’s representative to the Planning Board in the Borough of Haddonfield NJ, as they begin to tackle affordable housing and other challenges. She previously served 15+ years on the Borough’s Zoning Board of Adjustment.

News from the Lab
Webinar - Wealth and Asset Management 4.0: How digital, social, and economic shifts will transform the industry
ESI ThoughtLab, FinTech B2B Marketing, and advisory board members of the Wealth and Asset Management 4.0 research study held an interactive panel discussion examining the megatrends disrupting the industry and the future of wealth and asset management.

Watch the full session on demand and hear from industry experts representing Charles Schwab & Co., Deloitte, and eToro.
May 27, 2021 12:00 - 1:00 PM ET

U.S. - China Research
On the 19th of May, U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov met in Reykjavik, the capital of Iceland. This marked the first high-level face-to-face discussion between the United States and Russia after U.S. President Joe Biden took office. The meeting also served as a unique window for observing the current complex geopolitical situation. Read more.
Present Value
A Q&A with ESI Principal Richard Voith and Senior Advisor Sidney Wong, along with our partners at ANBOUND, collaborate to rethink what post-pandemic cities will look like.
Senior Vice President & Principal Steve Wray discusses the connection between agriculture and infrastructure in Pennsylvania –emphasizing that PA Agriculture will only benefit from expanded investment in a broad range of infrastructure.
We put together our latest present value posts, a few intriguing short reads and a list of activities into one blog post.
Associate Director Jing Liu, analyses the Philadelphia Housing Index (PHI) in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. Ms. Liu evaluates permits issued for new residential and commercial construction in Philadelphia neighborhoods over the past year to see how the market has fared.
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