Newsletter - April 2016
Cherry Blossom Skyline by Michael W Murphy via Flickr
Featured Projects  

Kamehameha Feasibility Study
Urbane Development partnered with ESI on behalf of Kamehameha Schools, a private charitable educational trust, to analyze the current local food economy and food-manufacturing ecosystem in urban Honolulu, Hawaii. This study assessed the feasibility of creating a shared food manufacturing facility on the island. Check out the full story

Montclair Economic Impact Study
ESI produced a full analysis of the economic role and impact that Montclair University has in its state of New Jersey. Read the report here
What's New?  

Drexel / ESI Urban Economic Policy Conference on Tax Policy
ESI and the Drexel School of Economics will have their 2nd annual joint conference on April 17 discussing topics on urban tax policy. There will be two panel discussions over the course of the afternoon: (1) Topics in Tax Administration; and (2) Tax Policy and Economic Development. RSVP for the event here.

Philadelphia Youth Basketball Summer Camp
Registrations are out for Philadelphia Youth Basketball (PYB) summer camps! ESI President, Richard Voith, is a board member for the youth organization, which creates opportunities for young people to develop their potential as students, athletes, and engaged citizens through participation in community basketball. Register for the camps here

Community Data Analytics
ESI has launched their new suite of data products and services,  Co mmunity Data Analytics (CDA). CDA provides up-to-date, customized demographic analyses and projections to help communities ensure success in planning their development. Learn more about what solutions CDA offers by visiting its website  or by sending inquiries at .
Upcoming Events  
Econsult Solutions Advisory Board

ESI welcomes Christopher Swann and Bernard Markstein as our new senior advisors. 
  • Christopher Swann, Ph.D., is an economist, currently engaged in applied economic research and private consulting, and is an adjunct instructor in economics at both Temple University and Drexel University.
  • Bernard Markstein, Ph.D., is the President and Chief Economist at Markstein Advisors, an economic consulting company providing analysis and forecasts of the national economy and construction activity. Dr. Markstein's experience includes analysis and research in housing, residential and nonresidential construction, real estate, financial markets, macroeconomic issues, and regional markets.
Joel Naroff  was named Top Forecaster, of 100 economists at Pulsenomics 2015 Crystal Ball Award. 

Chistophe Terlizzi was quoted in an article from about the new 30th Street Station developments.

Brett Mandel composed a recent blog post about the negative impacts of poor tax policies by the city of Philadelphia on the economically disenfranchised.
Last Month's Highlights

Check out our blog posts from March: 

Industry News
  • The Greater Philadelphia Energy Action Team (GPEAT) released a report on the possible economic benefits of creating a natural gas and NGLs Energy Hub in the Greater Philadelphia region. Read the report here and check out their interactive GIS data map of the energy assets of the Greater Philadelphia area.
Client Spotlight

Check out what some of ESI's clients have been up to recently:
  • Liberty Property Trust announced that it has purchased Franklin Park Distribution Center
  • University City District has won a 300,000 dollar grant from the Job Opportunity Investment Network (JOIN) to launch their Green City Works program.  
  • Michael Baker International received a top award from the American Council of Engineering Companies of Pennsylvania for their work on Route 28 in greater Pittsburgh.
Proud to sponsor

Come to honor those who helped improve the quality of life for immigrants

Join Drexel School of Economics and ESI for their 2nd annual joint conference
SBN and West Laurel Hill present a celebration of our local economy

PACDC's Gala and Awards Ceremony, 
April 21
Celebrate the best of community development
Don't miss this unique opportunity to learn from the "parking rock star" himself!

The 2016 TIGER Grant application deadline is April 29, 2016! Over the last six years, ESI has helped prepare numerous TIGER applications for a variety of clients. Read more about our expertise here

The Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery, or TIGER Discretionary Grant program, provides a unique opportunity for the U.S. Department of Transportation to invest in road, rail, transit and port projects that promise to achieve critical national objectives.