October 2021
News + Updates
Baltimore Gas and Electric (BGE) turned to ESI to analyze the economic impacts of the utility's capital investments and ongoing operation of its Smart Energy Economic Development (SEED) program, measuring the program's footprint and quantifying its spillover activity. To support BGE's decision process, ESI developed forecast scenarios for program expansion that demonstrate various effects on the economy of utility's service area. Learn more.
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 can help you submit your application for Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program (RACP) funding if your organization didn’t get a chance to apply during the first round of RACP this year. We have worked with nonprofits, private developers, corporations, municipalities, and public-private partnerships on first-time and re-submissions for RACP funding. We are ready to support you in navigating eligibility requirements and the electronic application. Act Quick! The RACP Window is Open Oct 18-Nov 1, 2021. Contact us.
Upcoming Events and Sponsorships
Staff and Senior Advisor Updates
We welcome Corinne Packard Beasley to the ESI team as a director! Ms. Packard is also a Lecturer at the University of Pennsylvania and brings experience in both government and private development.
Richard Bickel will participate in a virtual panel meeting for the Interim Report for Transit Cooperative Research Program (TCRP) study H-60 on Operational Standards for Ferry Services. He will also attend the annual conference of the Pennsylvania Chapter of the American Planning Association, 10/16-10/19.
Frank Robinson is moderating a panel at GPLEX Regional Exploration entitled "Exploring the New Localism on Economy League". Mr. Robinson will also be the Keynote speaker at the Knoxville College Gala on 10/22.
Christopher Swann has been named a National Association for Business Economics (NABE) Fellow. Congratulations!
Lee Huang has joined City Council's Philadelphia Tax Reform Working Group. Read more.
Bernard Markstein was quoted in The Colorado Sun on the housing demand and labor shortage. Read more. He was also quoted in a Bankrate article.
Joyce Lee authored an article for the global LEED data platform. LEED certification reached 1 billion sqft worldwide recently in advance of the UN's Climate Change Conference (COP26). Learn more.
David Rouse co-wrote a book, "The Comprehensive Plan: Sustainable, Resilient, and Equitable Communities for the 21st Century" with Rocky Piro, which is now available for preorder. Learn more.
Karen Spencer Kelly was a guest on the podcast "Unapologetically Me", produced by the Philadelphia Women's Network Connection. Listen here.
Greater Philadelphia YMCA will be honoring Michael Pearson on October 14th at the Union League. Learn more.
Our Senior Advisors are seasoned professionals in their respective fields who provide valuable insights and make dynamic contributions to the community. We are proud to announce five new members have joined our Senior Advisory board. Join us in welcoming Jamie Bracey Green, Jeremiah White, Rob Fleming, Hadass Sheffer, and John Blankstein!
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
by Ethan Conner-Ross
SVP Ethan Conner-Ross discusses economic insecurity as it relates to future of cities.
Associate Director Melissa Wright discusses why a key reason to becoming an equitable city depends on the types of jobs available within.
ESI Analyst Joyce Liu examines higher education from the perspective of the international student. She explores how students and institutions navigated technical and organizational disruptions, as well as cultural shifts impacting student life.
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
Jefferson Health was featured in the Philadelphia Business Journal announcing a three-year initiative that will address social determinants of health that contribute to adverse cardiovascular outcomes in underserved Philadelphia neighborhoods. Read more.
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