May 2018
SEPTA Drives the Economy of Pennsylvania
SEPTA Drives the Economy of Pennsylvania  is Econsult Solution's 2018  Economic Impact Study  completed for Pennsylvania's largest transit authority, the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transit Authority. This report has been featured numerous times on various media outlets, including the KOP District's May Newsletter and on

ESI President Stephen Mullin moderated a panel discussion focused on the disparities and promise seen in K-12 education.
4th Annual Urban Economics Policy Conference: Education

ESI was proud to be the corporate sponsor of Drexel University's School of Economics annual symposium this past April. This year, reputable leaders in the field of education came together to discuss the inequalities in K-12 and higher education, as well as the potential implications for the urban workforce. 

Expanded Economic Promise of Mariner 
East Pipeline Projects
The Pennsylvania Energy Infrastructure Alliance released their economic impact report, completed earlier this year. ESI updated its 2015 analysis , revealing that the value of the Mariner East pipeline projects has increased.

Social Impact Services
ESI, along with Diamond and Associates and Catharine Street Consulting, are proud to announce the launch of a new line of advisory services to developers incorporating social impacts into their real estate projects. 

Visit our new website! 
ESI is excited to announce the launch of our brand new website. The new design streamlines navigation, creating a more responsive format for users. We encourage you to visit and explore the new site, experiencing all that ESI has to offer. 
Staff and Senior Advisors News
Stephen Mullin delivered the keynote address, "The Amazon Sweepstakes", at the PEDA 2018 Spring Legislative Conference on April 24. He was also a panelist at the American Society of Civil Engineers Philadelphia Younger Member Forum's Critical Issues seminar along with PennDOT Secretary Leslie Richards and AECOM on April 25. And, he testified at a Philadelphia City Council Hearing on April 27.
ASCE's Philadelphia YMF, April 25
Lee Huang will be a panelist at the International Downtown Association Town-Gown Conference in Columbus, OH, discussing the economic impacts of universities on regions, from May 29 to June 1. 
Richard Voith presented "Business Models and Financing Strategies" at the  Pennsylvania Autonomous Vehicle Summit in Pittsburgh on April 9. He also hosted Wharton Real Estate Professor Susan Wachter and Chief Economist Mark Zandi at the CRE Real Estate Symposium on April 24. And, Richard is currently working with Assoc. Principal Daniel Miles and Assoc Dir. Gina Lavery on analyzing the Nightlife Industry of NYC for the NYCEDC. 
Steve Wray was the moderator of a panel on "Philadelphia Cross-Sector Collaboration: Public and Private Partners Working Together" at the Total Impact Conference, sponsored by ImpactPHL and the Good Capital Project in Philadelphia on April 27. 
ESI welcomes Caroline Lindholm to the firm as a research and administrative associate, working as part of the ESI ThoughtLab team. We are excited to add such a valuable member to our firm! 
Ned Rauch-Mannino will be leaving ESI as a senior advisor on May 14, moving on to work with the United States Agency for International Development. We thank you for your tremendous contribution to ESI and wish you the best. 
Senior Advisor William Krebs is helping to organize TriCounty SCORE's 2018 Women's Symposium, taking place May 18. 
Senior Advisor Richard Bickel attended the American Planning Association Annual Conference in New Orleans from April 21-24. Earlier in April, he also attended a meeting in Washington DC to draft the scope for a Transit Cooperative Research Program guide on Transit Joint Development for the Transportation Research Board.
Senior Advisor Sidney Wong has been advising and assisting China Central Television (CCTV) with the Architects and Engineers Series ( 建筑篇) under the documentary project
Great Masters (百年巨匠). He was interviewed on May 4 about his research and a book project on the planning contribution of the film's subjects, Liang Sicheng and Lin Huiyin. 
Senior Advisor Natalie Nixon was an invited guest speaker at the -ing Creatives conference in Dubai. She spoke about her WonderRigor framework and intuitive leadership. 
Senior Advisor John Paone was nominated by Governor Wolf to be re-appointed to the Board of Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency, confirmed recently by the State Senate. 
Senior Advisor Fran Burns was appointed to the Philadelphia School Reform Commission through June 30, 2018, to assist with the transition from state to local board. 
Senior Advisor Bernie Markstein authored and was featured in two releases written for Associated Builders and Contractors, Inc. (ABC) in February and March, evaluating state-by-state construction economics and unemployment rates. In addition, his work for ABC was highlighted in the Daily Reporter, For Construction Pros, MDM, Commercial Property Executive and the American Surveyor
News from the Lab

ESI ThoughtLab announced the launch of Smarter Cities 2025. Spearheaded by a cross-sector coalition, this ground-breaking research program will provide city leaders with a road map to guide them in ensuring their cities become successful smart cities of the future. Smarter Cities 2025 will go deeper than current urban research by benchmarking smart city progress across 100 cities worldwide. Interested to learn more? Contact Lou Celi.

Upcoming Events

Proud to Sponsor
TriCounty SCORE's 2018 Women's Symposium, May 18
The Preservation Alliance's 2018 Preservation Achievement Awards, June 6
The 2018 International Downtown Association City & University Relations Conference, May 29-June 1
Esperanza's 2018 National Hispanic Prayer Breakfast, June 12-14.

Delaware River Waterfront Corporation's
2018 Promenade,  June 13 .
Present Value
Will 2018 Be "The Year of the Woman" in PA?
By Alison Shott

What Influences the Spread of Kitchen In cubators? 

By Lily Ho and Brendan Coppinger

City Governance - What's Design Got to Do with It? 

By Natalie Nixon and Liana Dragoman

ESI Introduces New Way to Visualize the PHI 

By Gina Lavery and Jing Liu

Indego Ridership 

By Andrea Mannino, Jing Liu and 
Frank Mannino

Client Spotlight

Jerry Sweeney, CEO of Brandywine Realty Trust, was the subject of an article in the Philadelphia Citizen, discussing his bold and progressive plan to create more jobs in Philadelphia.  On May 5, King of Prussia District donated $21,000 to the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. The donation was given to CHOP's King of Prussia Specialty Care and Surgery Center and was funded by their dineKOP and KOP Shops for CHOP programs. 
Congratulations to Fairmount Park Conservancy for hosting a successful 11th Annual Centennial Celebration! ESI was proud to sponsor an evening honoring individuals who have demonstrated extraordinary leadership and support of the park system.  ESI was pleased to take part in Pennsylvania Early Learning Investment Commission's 10th Anniversary Economic Summit. Congratulations on a successful event celebrating early education! 
Industry News

Congratulations to Drexel University's Paul E. Jensen for being named Dean of LeBow College of Business! Philadelphia Councilman Allan Domb made a proposal to ban on-street parking on some Center City streets, in the hopes of reducing congestion. Domb's radical idea was met with a great deal of support from other industry leaders.

Philadelphia's first medical marijuana dispensary, Restore Integrative Wellness Center, has opened in Fishtown. Three more dispensaries have been approved by the state, which are planned to be located in Northeast and Northwest Philadelphia. 
In order to maintain the status and receive the $150 million benefit of being a World Heritage City, Philadelphia must acquire $2.5 million in funding over a three-year period. Three main sources will be used to raise the necessary money: the World Heritage Society and individuals; foundation and governmental support; and the corporate community.

USA250 has announced the complete membership and first meeting of the United States Semiquincentennial Commission on May 30, 2018. Eight Members of Congress and sixteen private citizens, appointed by Congress, will serve alongside the nine ex officio federal officials.  The City Controller released an analysis of the Philadelphia Tax Abatement, reevaluating whether or not it is still necessary ten years later. In addition to examining its geographical concentration, distribution of benefit and developer profitability, this analysis also provides potential changes to the current policy. 

Kevin Dow was recently named Philadelphia's Friends of the Rail Park's first Executive Director. Congratulations, Kevin!  Big news from the International House Philadelphia, Josh Sevin has been named President and CEO. Congratulations, Josh!

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