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Newsletter - November 2017
Featured Project
Economic Development Strategy for Media Borough

ESI led a team to prepare an economic development roadmap for the Borough of Media, PA, to maintain and promote its economic health . Using a data-driven approach and working with the community, the team developed precise recommendations for a number of areas including economic development, retail attraction, placemaking, transportation, and marketing. 
To read the full report, click here.
ESI Assists with Amazon HQ2 Applications

ESI assisted several area local governments with their proposals to Amazon for the new HQ2 location. We worked with Delaware County's Redevelopment Authority, Camden's Cooper's Ferry Partnership, and Philadelphia Commerce Department and PIDC team on their applications. We also helped Team PA with Pennsylvania statewide analyses. 
CDA Releases Series of Updated Demographic Multipliers

The Community Data Analytics (CDA) team of ESI has released a series of reports which cover the 50 states and the District of Columbia. These reports offer new and improved demographic multipliers which serve a critical role in development impact studies.

All reports are offered to the public for free and can be downloaded here.
News from the Lab
What is the ROI of becoming a Smart City?
Roubini ThoughtLab together with Econsult Solutions is embarking on  Smart City 2025: A Vision and Business Plan for the Future . This thought leadership research program will explore the quantifiable cost-benefits of smart city initiatives to citizens, businesses, and governments, and how will they transform how companies will do business. Find out how to join our research coalition, which is open to all organizations with a stake in the future of cities.  Click here for more information .

Cashless Cities: Realizing the Benefits of Digital Payments
Visa commissioned Roubini ThoughtLab to conduct independent research to analyze and evaluate the effects of digital payments on cities worldwide. The results show that increasing digital payments could result in total direct net benefits of US $470 billion per year across the 100 cities studied - netting around $4.7 billion to each city per year. Read the report to learn more, and use the data navigation tool to dive into the details.  
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Previous Highlights
President  Richard Voith spoke at the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission's (DVRPC) Changing Lanes Conference on October 18 to discuss regional planning with other transportation and planning professionals.
Senior Vice President  Lee Huang presented sessions at the American Planning Association's (APA) Pennsylvania Chapter's annual conference in State College on October 22-24.
President  Stephen Mullin  spoke at the panel discussion with Councilman Allan Domb and PIDC President John Bradley, "Amazon and the Rest of Us" at the inaugural Marcum LLP Marcum Commercial Real Estate Summit on October 25.
Senior Vice President  Peter Angelides presented on affordable housing for all Philadelphian's at the Pennsylvania Intergovernmental Cooperation Authority's (PICA) annual fall conference on October 26. Peter also spoke at the Remediation, Redevelopment, Results (RE3) conference on November 1-3. 
Check out our October Blog Posts in Present Value

Staff News

We're Hiring! ESI has an opening for the position of Marketing Assistant. For more information, click  here
Senior Advisory Board News

Gregory Byrnes'   organization, NMBio, hosted the successful launch of the inaugural Knowledge Fair & Expo with 50 speakers and 150-200 attendees. they will host next year's event in September 2018. 

Catherine Timko joined the board of the Philadelphia Fashion Incubator and Canal Way Partners in Cleveland. She will also be attending the International Council of Shopping Centers' New York deal making event in December. 

Joel Naroff spoke on trends at The Society of Industrial and Office Realtors (SIOR) Global Philadelphia Summit on November 6. 
Natalie Nixon moderated the event Designing for financial empowerment, which is part of a year-long speaker series called BY DESIGN: Transforming public sector services
Industry News                            Client Spotlight
  • Governor Wolf signs bills into law to balance the PA budget
  • SEPTA with the support of Mayor Kenney unveiled a new, streamlined express bus line servicing one of the most notoriously congested boulevards in the Philadelphia area. 
  • PennDOT has developed a new web app for monitoring snow plow activity this coming winter. 
  • A new PEW report examines the demographics of poverty in Philadelphia.
  • RURCBOG broke ground on Oct. 19. 
  • Our work regarding annual revenue generated by tourism in Bucks County was mentioned in Philadelphia Business Journal. 
  • SRDC along with elected officials and railroad representatives held a ceremony to mark the transfer of a 115 year-old rail bridge in an effort to expand the Schuylkill River Trail.