January 2019 
The State of Old City 2018-2019
ESI and JVM Studio were retained by the Old City District to produce a comprehensive report of the current state, and the future development of the historic district. The State of Old City highlights the neighborhood's recent successes and shares current and upcoming opportunities. 
RACP Application Support
ESI can help you submit your application for Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program (RACP) funding. Our experts understand the new requirements in place, and can provide guidance on how to make the best case for your project(s). The deadline to submit is January 31, 2019; for initial discussion about your application, contact Lee Huang or Andrea Mannino
ESI & ANBOUND Announce Official Partnership
ESI and ESI ThoughtLab, along with ANBOUND, a Beijing-based multinational independent think tank have recently established an official partnership. ESI and ANBOUND are committed to providing research and consulting services to clients. Read more about our partnership here.
Opportunity Zones Presentation
ESI will be giving a presentation on Opportunity Zones to the Philadelphia delegation on February 6 in Harrisburg, PA with Bellevue Strategies. Learn more about our solutions for Opportunity Zones by clicking here
Upcoming Events
Sustainable Business Network of Greater Philadelphia's Annual Members Meeting, January 17.
PCDC Chinese New Year Fundraising
Banquet, February 22.
PHL Diversity 2019 Business Opportunity Luncheon, February 28. 2019 Solas Awards, February 28.
Staff and Senior Advisors News
Daniel Miles spoke on DVRPC's Futures Group panel: Future of Moving People and Goods panel on December 11.
Brittany Forman was on a panel at the University of Delaware's Opportunity Zone Summit on December 5. 
Peter Angelides chaired the Incentive Committee for the Philadelphia Historic Preservation Task Force. He will also be moderating the panel at Philadelphia ULI's Disrupting Real Estate with Technology: A New Era Demands New Thinking in Newark, DE on February 6.
Christophe Terlizzi was named one of Philadelphia Inquirer's Influencers of Real Estate for 2018.
Richard Bickel will be attending the Transportation Research Board's (TRB) annual conference in Washington, D.C. He will be participating in two committee meetings and serving as a Poster Session judge for another. 
Dr. Alison Shott's article "Developing and Executing a Data Collection Plan for Archival Research", was published in SAGE Research Methods.
Laura Burtner was recently promoted to Design Services Manager. Congratulations Laura!
Bernard Markstein estimated state construction unemployment rates for the Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) for October and November
Roya Aghaeifar has joined the ESI team. Welcome Roya, we are excited to have you! 
News from the Lab

In December, Econsult Solutions and ESI ThoughtLab held a webinar titled Smarter Cities 2025: A Deeper Dive into Smart City Solutions.  The event explored results from our ground-breaking study of smart city initiatives.

A full recording of the event can be accessed here.

Present Value

Leveraging the Integration of Public Policy to Drive Supplier Diversity and Inclusion (Part 1)

By Angela Dowd-Burton

Philadelphia Design District: Where Design, Real Estate, and Economics Make for Healthy Partnerships

By Hilary Jay

2018 Top 10
Present Value Posts

By Lindsay Durkalec

Philadelphia Housing Index Remains Steady

By Gina Lavery and Jing Liu

A Look Inside ESI: The Importance of Soft
Skills for Interns

By Andrea Mannino

Designing Futures for Equitable Neighborhoods
in Philadelphia  

By Natalie Nixon, Rob Fleming,
and Tayyib Smith

Our Ground-Breaking Research: Smarter Cities 2025

by Steve Wray and Daniel Miles

Client Spotlight
Congratulations SEPTA on being awarded a BUILD grant! ESI is proud to have played a role in producing and submitting their application. 

Philadelphia Business Journal hosted the 2019 Economic Forecast, taking a deep dive into the economy. Congratulations on a great event!
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