November 2021
News + Updates
2021 USDOT CRISI Grants Now Open!
Applications Due: November 29, 2021
The USDOT is accepting applicants for the FY 2021 round of the Consolidated Rail Infrastructure and Safety Improvements (CRISI) grant program to fund projects that improve the safety, efficiency, and reliability of intercity passenger and freight rail. ESI can help with your application. Contact us today.
ESI and Marquis Advisory Group form Strategic Partnership
ESI and Marquis Advisory Group are proud to announce a newly established strategic partnership. The ESI team brings a rigorous data-driven approach to all of our engagements, while Marquis Advisory Group LLC provides new management skills and excellent communications and implementation strategies to clients. Together, we will be working on cutting-edge research and implementation strategies on local, state, and global levels.
New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) in partnership with the City of Newark and Invest Newark engaged Econsult Solutions to craft a connected city plan for Newark, New Jersey. By becoming a connected city, Newark can leverage smart technologies to further interconnect the local government and its citizens. The Connected Newark plan serves as a framework for future policy and investment as Newark progressed along its connected city journey. Learn more.
ESI is honored to be named most promising smart city solution provider in 2021 by CIOReview, a leading technology publication that is at the forefront of guiding enterprises through the continuously varying business environment with information about cutting-edge solutions and services.
Recovery and Resilience Plan for Cape May County
The weather may be getting colder but we're heading down the shore to Cape May County, New Jersey! ESI, in partnership with Pennoni Associates, have began working on an economic development, recovery, and resilience plan for the County. Stay tuned for additional updates as our efforts ramp up.
Upcoming Events and Sponsorships
Staff and Senior Advisor Updates
Steve Wray was quoted in an article featured in the Philadelphia Business Journal discussing the NE Philadelphia industrial market boom. Read more. Mr. Wray will also moderate a panel at CCGP's Smart Cities event. Register here.
Richard Voith was interviewed by CBS-3 discussing the implications of the potential SEPTA strike. Read more.
Gina Lavery is participating in a presentation at the Montana Film Festival where she will conduct a crew survey. Learn more.
Michael Pearson
Michael Pearson was recognized as an honoree in City & State PA and AARP Pennsylvania 50 over 50! Learn more.
Michael Golden was appointed to Montgomery County Redevelopment Authority Loan Review Committee.
Ben Craig has joined Vyyer, a technology firm focused on ID verification, as a Board Advisor.
Bernard Markstein produced a report for the Associated Builders and Contractors on estimates of Sept state construction unemployment rates. Read more.
ESI Principal Stephen Mullin, pictured here, joined the Asian American Chamber of Commerce of Greater Philadelphia for their 2021 Annual Banquet on October 14. Thanks for an awesome night!
Updates from the Center
Ready to Collaborate?
ESI Center for the Future of Cities is an initiative of Econsult Solutions and is actively seeking new collaborators interested in developing innovative projects and evidence-based research. Please contact us today to learn how you can join this exciting new effort.
U.S. - China Research
The most significant feature of our modern world is the large-scale popularization and application of the Internet, which has transformed our society and formed a substantial information society. Initially, the information society was only a theoretical projection, but it has now become a reality. When the world transforms into an information society, the great impact of such a transformation will be felt. Read more.
Present Value
Marketing Intern Kennedy Sampson discusses a major key to creating smart and equitable cities: efficient and affordable transit systems.
Joyce Lee discusses creative approaches to organizational financial sustainability.
Senior Business Development & Marketing Associate, Lindsay Durkalec discusses the role of cities in the future of renewable energy.
ESI President and Principal Lee Huang cheerfully shares that ESI as been recognized as CIOReview's Most Promising Smart City Solution Provider in 2021!
by Richard Voith and Steve Wray
Co-Chair Richard Voith and SVP Steve Wray discuss three plausible scenarios for the future of cities.
Client Spotlight
Hilco Redevelopment Partners (HRP) has announced a new brand and identity for the former PES refinery in South Philadelphia. The 1,300-acre South Philadelphia property will now be called The Bellwether District. The Bellwether District will become an economic engine for the city of Philadelphia, driving change and inclusive growth by bringing thousands of jobs through future tenants in life sciences, e-commerce, and logistics. Read more.
Seton Hall University was recently featured in NJBiz to highlight findings from our recent report analyzing SHU's economic impact on the state of New Jersey. ESI found that SHU produces a $1.6 billion annual impact on the state. Learn more.
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