March 2018 Newsletter
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Bottling Facility Could Generate $58M
in Total Economic Impact in PA

A new economic and fiscal impact study completed by ESI concludes that a proposed Nestle Bottling facility in Centre County, Pennsylvania would have a significant impact on the county and the state. In addition to total annual economic impact of $58M, it is estimated that the company would bring 140 total jobs, with incomes amounting to $8M.  The report details further benefits.
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Commercial Real Estate Professionals: Take the Mid-Atlantic Real Estate Sentiment Survey

ESI is proud to partner with the Philadelphia Real Estate Council on the Mid-Atlantic Real Estate Sentiment Survey. You have until  March 23 to take the survey .

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A Pew Discussion: The Impact of Insufficient Retirement Savings

Monday, March 12, 3:30 PM ESI Director Ethan Conner-Ross joins Pew Charitable Trust for a webcast of "The Impact of Insufficient Retirement Savings on the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania" a report by ESI commissioned by the PA Treasury. PA State Treasurer Joe Torsella takes part the discussion on this critical issue.

PennDOT Multimodal Transportation Fund

Applications are being accepted until March 30, 5 PM for the FY 2018-2019 Multimodal Transportation Fund. Find out how ESI can help with your project's application.

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Camden Housing Matters Survey

The Camden Redevelopment Agency has engaged ESI to conduct a survey of residents to determine their demand for housing and current gaps in housing quality and residents' needs. If you live in Camden, please take 5-10 minutes to complete the survey. Your responses are anonymous, and will provide valuable insights.

PA Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program

This season ESI submitted 10 applications for 9 applicants. We have our fingers crossed for all our clients' projects!
Staff and Senior Advisors News
Steve Mullin will present "The Amazon Sweepstakes," his keynote address at the  Pennsylvania Economic Development Association's 2018 Spring Legislative Conference , on April 23.
Lee Huang presented "Designing for Health" at the New Jersey Future Redevelopment Forum 2018 , on March 9.
Richard Voith presented a research brief of "Smarter Cities 2025: Building a Vision and Business Plan for the Future" at PennIUR's Smart Cities: Innovation to Reality, Jan 25
Senior Advisor Bernie Markstein contributed to and was quoted in Contractor's report on December (2017) construction unemployment rates. Mr. Markstein also contributed to a report by the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) which was cited in: 2018 Interior Design Outlook; and,  Business of Home's Industry Insider, Feb 20. And, he presented " U.S. Economic and Construction Outlook" to the Alberici Group Summit in, St. Louis, MO.
Senior Advisor Gregory Byrnes successfully coordinated an expansion deal for AMRI's Albuquerque, NM manufacturing facility. This $30M (now, future $150M) investment by the global pharmaceutical is a major economic development for the state of New Mexico, and was featured in The Albuquerque Journal, and the Albuquerque Business Journal.
Senior Advisor Joel Naroff joins New Jersey's Economic and Fiscal Policy Working Group. Also, for the fourth time in five years, Mr. Naroff has been awarded a Crystal Ball for Home Price Forecasts from the Zillow/Pulsenomics Home Price Expectations Index Panel, winning in three categories. Congratulations! 
Research findings of a study conducted by ESI ThoughtLab were cited in The Economist report, Investment by women, and in them, is growing, published March 8.
Upcoming Events
Proud to Sponsor
Come meet us at the 2018 PennDesign Career Connection Day,  March 16.
Community Design Collaborative's Leverage 2018, April 10

4th Annual Urban Economic Policy Conference: Topics in Education,  April 13 .
OIC 2018 innovate Ignite Imagine Luncheon,
May 1.
News from the Lab

ESI ThoughtLab will initiate a new thought leadership program,  The Cybersecurity Imperative: Managing Cyber Risks in a World of Rapid Digital Change This research will be conducted in partnership with WSJ Pro Cybersecurity , a business division of the Wall Street Journal . For more information, contact Daniel Miles .
Present Value

A Conversation About Design Thinking

By Natalie Nixon, Hilary Jay, and Ben Olshin

Step by Step: Machine Learning

  By Carlos Bonilla

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Funding Public Water: The Protection/Commodity Conundrum

By Kash Srinivasan

PHI: New Visualizations & a Look at Seasonality Across Neighborhoods

By Gina Lavery & Jing Liu

Industry News 

Client Spotlight
Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney delivered his  third annual budget address  to City Council on March 1.

Philadelphia's Planning Commission recommends four new TOD sites in North Philadelphia.

Jeff Hornstein named as new Executive Director of the Economy League of Greater Philadelphia.
Our friend, and   North Broad Renaissance Executive Director Shalimar Thomas contributed an OpEd piece to Plan Philly's Eyes on the Street. Ms. Thomas' " Going beyond hip with a vision for inclusive prosperity on North Broad" summarizes the development opportunities arising along North Broad that will bring about inclusive economic opportunity.

Shift Capital's  Beury Building Phase II   revealed.

Liberty Property Trust will relocate its headquarters.

The Laurel,  a new 48-story condo tower, will bring 254 units to Rittenhouse Square.
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