May 2020
News + Updates
COVID-19 Update: Econsult Solutions has been practicing social distancing since mid-March, with all staff members working remotely. As such we remain open for business, hard at work, and eager to know how we can support your needs. We have been thinking about the big picture about how this emergency affects the industries we work in, please check out the ESI blog, Present Value, articles are linked below.
E SI Announces Promotion of Gina Lavery to Associate Principal
Gina Lavery   has been named Vice President and Associate Principal at Econsult Solutions, Inc (ESI). Ms. Lavery joined ESI in 2017 as an Associate Director and was quickly promoted to Director. Her practice areas include economic development, real estate analysis and market studies, and transportation planning. Join us in congratulating Gina!
ESI has undertaken a series of studies for the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) on the economic value, development implications, and equitable benefits of its service. Collectively, these studies articulate the value proposition that SEPTA provides to the region’s residents and its economy. In this time of crisis, SEPTA’s direct and catalytic value is more essential than ever to Pennsylvania’s economic recovery. Click here to learn more.
ESI was commissioned by BlackStar Film Festival to quantify the economic impact of its annual operations, as well as to identify the spending footprint of its annual attendees. Beyond the quantitative aspects of the impacts associated with the Festival, the report outlines the social and qualitative benefits the Festival offers to the region through the strengthening of the local cultural economy by providing a venue for filmmakers of color to present their work to a broad and inclusive audience. Click here to learn more.
In late April, ESI hosted a webinar series on critical issues facing the higher education sector. We thank our great panelists for joining these webinars and providing their insights. Panelists included ESI SVP Lee Huang (moderator); Brittany Forman, ESI; Gina Lavery, ESI; Senior Advisor Lee Nunery; Senior Advisor Lloyd Russow; Senior Advisor Elmore Alexander; Leslie Smallwood and Gregory Reaves, Mosaic Development Partners; Anthony Moore, Paradigm Group; Adam Glaser, Perkins and Will. Click here to watch the five webinars, free of cost.
Upcoming Events and Sponsorships
Staff and Senior Advisor Updates
Please join us in welcoming Terry Cooke to our Senior Advisor Board! As a cultural anthropologist, a senior diplomat and a social entrepreneur, Terry has always worked to advance Greater Philadelphia regional and U.S. national interests through global engagement and partnerships. 
Stephen Mullin was a speaker at Center City Proprietors Association's virtual " Lunch with the City's Leaders" to discuss how cities should handle the COVID-19 crisis. He also participated on panels for the Union League and The Sunday Breakfast Club discussing the state and local economies.
Richard Voith co-authored " Cities and Contagion: Lessons from COVID-19", published by Penn Institute for Urban Research.
Senior Advisor Cori Packard Beasley spoke at ULI Philadelphia's Virtual Members Breakfast on May 13.
Daniel Miles was a speaker on SEGD's Webinar " Learnings from the Hyperconnected City" on May 13.
Senior Advisor Robin Winston has formed State Capitol Consultants, a firm with affiliate offices in Indiana, Michigan, Illinois, Wisconsin, Ohio and Kentucky. State Capitol Consultants can provide procurement, public outreach, government relations and community affairs support for their clients.
Senior Advisor Richard Bickel participated in the American Planning Association’s (April 29 to May 1) virtual national planning conference, which replaces the cancelled Houston conference.
News from the Lab
Mobility as a Service in Helsinki 
Access to transportation is a key part of the economic and social life of cities around the world. Yet, while the list of transportation options is growing, due in large part to the success of ride sharing and city bike rentals, these mobility choices remain disconnected for most users. Helsinki’s adoption of MaaS Global’s Whim application serves as an important example of the future of mobility. Read our case study from Building a Hyperconnected City.
U.S. - China Research
R evisiting the Crisis Triangle Model
Beijing-based think tank Anbound researcher Chan Kung presents "Revisiting the Crisis Triangle Model" Read the article.
Present Value
by Richard Voith, Steve Wray, Gina Lavery, and Joseph Casey
by Richard Bickel
by Lou Celi and Daniel Miles
by Lee Huang
by Lee Huang and Jamie Bracey-Green
by Lee Huang
by Gina Lavery and Jing Liu
by Lou Celi and Anna Szterenfeld
from Stephen Mullin
Client Spotlight
Sending our congratulations to Pennrose LLC for being selected to receive a HUD Choice Neighborhoods Initiative Grant! ESI completed the market analyses that were included in the application.
Our recent study, "SEPTA's Value Proposition: Economic Intelligence Compendium", was featured in the Inquirer, highlighting the vital role SEPTA plays in PA's economic coronavirus recovery efforts.
The Forecast
June: Litigation Support
During the month of June we will turn the spotlight on the ESI Litigation practice area. Look for features from our experts focused on the economics of making the case.
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