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Newsletter - August 2016
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ESI with our Act 47 team partners, Fairmount Capital Advisors Inc.and McNees Wallace & Nurick, LLC., have released an Act 47 Financial Recovery Plan for the City of Chester. 

The City of Chester has been in Pennsylvania's Act 47 Financial Recovery Program since 1995, and has struggled with re-defining itself following its boom years as a manufacturing and distribution center, making it one of Pennsylvania's poorest cities.

This recovery plan presents aggressive recommendations,to eliminate the city's $5-$7 million fiscal operating deficit.  Read more here .

The City of Philadelphia has released its Annual Disparity Study for Fiscal Year (FY) 2015. This study is designed to analyze the
City's utilization of Minority Business Enterprises (MBEs), Women Business Enterprises (WBEs),and Disabled Business Enterprises (DSBEs) (collectively known as M/W/DSBEs), relative to the availability of such firms to compete for City business, on Public Works (PW), Personal and Professional Services (PPS), and Supplies, Services, and Equipment (SSE) contracts. 

The annual report determines the extent to which a disparity between utilization and availability exists, and provides critical data in the formation of annual Participation Goals.

What's New?

ESI is thrilled to announce that Mike Daly and Cayde Tanzil have joined the firm's Business Development Department. Mr. Daly and Ms. Tanzil bring extensive knowledge of marketing and communications, content development, social media marketing, and brand management to the team, and we are excited to have them involved in their new roles.

Both Mike and Cayde are responsible for enhancing ESI's brand and work through traditional and social media, curating website content, designing marketing materials, and assisting with proposals.
Mike Daly

Prior to joining ESI, Mike spent three years working for the Sustainable Business Network of Greater Philadelphia (SBN), a network of local businesses whose mission is to build a just, green, and thriving economy in the Greater Philadelphia region. Mike played a pivotal role in membership growth and retention, development of marketing and communication strategies, delivering on member benefits, and planning and executing large and small networking events.

Cayde Tanzil

In June 2016, Cayde graduated from Drexel University, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication and a double minor in English and Art History. Prior to joining ESI, she had three co-ops with Duane Morris LLP, the Mayor's Office of Education, and Breslow Partners. In her final co-op, she was the Communication Co-op for Duane Morris' Marketing and Business Development team. Her role consisted of maintaining the firm's website with content curation as well as overseeing attorney online biography updates. 

 Click here to contact Cayde.
Upcoming Events 

Previous Highlights
Check out some of our blog posts from July: 
Generational Change in Car Usage,

by ESI Director, 
Ethan Conner-Ross
How Fair Are Your City's Lending Practices? ,

by Dr. Akira Rodriguez and ESI Research Analyst, Brooke Quennan 

Econsult Solutions Advisory Board   
  • Richard Bickel served on a screening panel of the Transit Cooperative Research Program (TCRP), which met in Washington, DC on August 9. The Screening Panel reviewed problem statements submitted for the FY 17 program as recommendations to the TCRP Oversight and Project Selection (TOPS) committee, which will make the final selection of projects to be funded.
Industry News                            Client Spotlight
  • ESI held a public meeting in the City of Chester on their Act 47 Recovery Plan at 7:00 PM on Tuesday, August 2, 2016. The meeting, which was for residents to respond to the plan, had over 200 attendees, and was moved last minute to accommodate additional capacity.
  • Project HOME staged an event titled, "Stories from the Margains", during the DNC to highlight that poverty must be addressed in the current national election campaign. 
  • UC Science Center and Microsoft form 'digital alliance' that will focus on digital literacy, small business entrepreneurship, health and wellness, and youth engagement with STEM subjects.
  •  GBCA report demonstrates just how great an impact the population trend-and resulting new construction-is having on Philadelphia's economy. 

ESI is currently seeking a Research Analyst
 with the ability to thrive in a collaborative, project-oriented setting, to conduct econom etric and statistical analyses of economic, financial and demographic data, create and ma nipulate spreadsheets for economic and fiscal modeling, draft and edit reports, prepare materials for presentations, conduct technical research on economic and fiscal issues, and contribute to the intellectual and analytical direction of work engagements.

A basic working knowledge of STATA and SAS is required in addition to competence in working with large datasets and Geographic Information Systems (e.g. ArcView GIS) and in spatial analysis techniques.

  For more information,  click here .
We've Moved!

ESI has a new address! We have moved to
1435 Walnut Street, 4th Floor, Philadelphia, PA 19102.
If you're in the neighborhood, come by, tour our new office and meet our new staff.