October 2019
News + Updates
Economic Impact of University of Wisconsin-Madison Athletics Department
I n addition to supporting student-athletes, UW Athletics serves as an economic engine for the City of Madison and the State of Wisconsin, generating substantial economic impact and tax revenues. Learn more here .
Equitable Economic Development Roundtable
We hosted an Equitable Economic Development Roundtable, Sep 25. Topics discussed included the Philadelphia economy and policy changes. Pictured from left to right: Lille van der Zanden, Mike Daly , Blane Stoddart, Steve Mullin , Gina Lavery , Kevin Cafferky , Steve Wray , Tayyib Smith, and Lindsay Durkalec .
We're Hiring!
In cooperation with the Independence Visitor Center Corporation, we are hiring a part-time surveyor to work from a mobile visitors information center on the Art Museum steps (aka The Rocky Steps). For more information and to apply, click/tap here .
Upcoming Events and Sponsorships
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Defining Innovation
Oct 15
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On the Table: Workforce Development
Oct 17

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Minorities in Health Sciences Symposium
Oct 18
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28th Philadelphia Film Festival
Oct 17 - 27
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5th Annual Urban Economic Policy Conference with Drexel University LeBow College of Business
Oct 25

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2019 Vision for Philadelphia
Awards Gala
Oct 30

Smart City Expo World Congress
Nov 19 - 21
ANBOUND Pedestrian Oriented Development Conference
Nov 9
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Housing Alliance of Pennsylvania's Homes Within Reach Conference
Nov 18 - 20
Staff and Senior Advisor Updates
Richard Voith presented Philadelphia Congestion Cost at the MASITE Annual Conference, Sep 27. He will travel to China Nov 9, to present at Anbound's first Pedestrian Oriented Development Forum.
Daniel Miles will present Assessing a 21st Century Threat: Cybersecurity for Modern Governments, at PICA's Conference, Oct 8.
Robin Winston was awarded the Alpha and Walter Blackburn "Man of Distinction". He was recognized for his philanthropic efforts and continued support of education.
Steve Wray presented our report, The Economic and Revenue Impact of Data Centers in Pennsylvania , at the 7x24 Exchange International Delaware Valley Chapter, Sep 25.
David Boonin was featured in Utility Fortnightly on "Enhancing Utility Regulatory Commissions Ability to Fight Climate Change." He was also quoted in the Inquirer on low-income bill assistance and challenging the appropriateness of certifying public utility regulators.
Christopher Swann was appointed to Assistant Professor of Economics at Temple University.
Richard Bickel will attend APA's PA Annual Conference , Oct 20-22. He will also participate on a Transit Cooperative Research Program Project H-57 study panel, which will result in a handbook for transit agencies on transit and joint development.
Hilary Jay is providing consultation for the Society for Experiential Graphic Designers on a pilot project in Philadelphia, identifying themes and speakers for the organization's 2020 event series.
Catherine Timko will attend the International Economic Development Council Conference, Oct 13-16, and will emcee the International Awards.
Bernard Markstein completed the analysis of construction employment, and was quoted in the October report of Associated Builders and Contractors.
ESI VP Steve Wray, and Pennoni SVP Joe Viscuso spoke at Smart Cities Week DC, Oct 2 presenting Building Smart Regions - Collaborating Across Boundaries, providing an introduction to Smarter Cities 2025 and Building a Hyperconnected City.
Stephen Mullin and Brittany Forman, along with People for People founder Reverend Herbert Lusk, pictured above, presented Transit Oriented Development on North Broad Street to Design Advocacy Group on Oct 3.
News from the Lab
What are the key obstacles to becoming a hyperconnected city?
In the 2nd installment of the Building a Hyperconnected City webinar series, ESI SVP of Strategic Initiatives, Steve Wray provides early findings assessing the key obstacles cities face in becoming hyperconnected. Click here to listen.
U.S. - China Research
Geo-Capitalism in Today's World
From our Beijing-based think tank partners, ANBOUND: "The world is now at a turning point, and there are many different opinions on what is happening. What we will discuss and emphasize here is the latest view on geopolitics. In general, geopolitics is a means and method of managing politics, as well as understanding individuals, organizations, and groups based on geographical factors such as spatial distributions." Learn more.
Present Value
A Preview to Building a Hyperconnected Cit y: What makes a Hyperconnected City?
by Rebecca DeJoseph
by Nina Olney and Ashley Colpaart
by Steve Wray
by Chris Swann
Client Spotlight
The City of Chester, PA advanced redevelopment plans for its Delaware River front. City Council approved allocation of $120K in funding from PADCED, to the Riverfront Alliance of Delaware County for the Waterfront Development Master Plan. The Riverfront Alliance has been seeking architectural firms to aid in plan development.
Chestnut Hill Institution Leaders, Chestnut Hill Conservancy and the Chestnut Hill Business District presented the 3rd Annual Night of Lights, Oct. 4. Details in Philly Voice.
North Broad Renaissance and their volunteer partners cleaned, planted, and maintained sixty-one planting beds along North Broad Street. Find out more about supporting and volunteering with the North Broad Renaissance, #THINKBROAD!
Center City Philadelphia Developments: 2019 was recently released by Center City District. It details current and upcoming major projects in the works in Philadelphia's Center City, read more.
September Featured Business Sector: Economic Development
The 2019 State of North Broad is the stakeholders' guide to ensuring the corridor gains the most from community and economic development opportunities. It details demographics, assets, and development investments that are shaping the North Broad Street area of Philadelphia.
The total economic impact of Economic Development Corporations in Pennsylvania amounts to $15.6B. We partnered with PEDA and Fourth Economy to complete a study that details the range of impacts. Learn more: EDC Impact: Shaping the PA Economy Report
We assist public and private sector clients in gaining insight and forming strategies to implement efficient and successful Economic Development projects and programs.
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