June 2019 
ESI partnered with the Pennsylvania Economic Development Association (PEDA) and Fourth Economy to complete a study that details the economic impact of Economic Development Corporations (EDCs) throughout the state. We found that Economic Development Agencies total economic output in an average year was $15.6 billion. O ur findings revealed that every dollar that EDCs invest in their community through construction activity leverages $44 into the community from federal and private sources.
US Department of Transportation BUILD Funding
The "BUILD Transportation Discretionary Grant" is a $900 million competitive funding program which supports transportation infrastructure projects that have a local or regional impact.  We can help you with your application.  Applications are due July 15.  Contact us today.
PREC Q2 Mid-Atlantic Real Estate Survey
Real estate professionals, we want your insights. How has the market performed and what are your expectations for the next quarter's performance? Let us know by filling out the survey.  The survey is open until July 1.
Community Development & Affordable Housing Round table
We hosted a Community Development and Affordable Housing Roundtable with our senior advisors Angela Dow-Burton, Cori Packard Beasley, Kevin Cafferky, Phil Peterson, and Sidney Wong. ESI Senior Vice President Lee Huang moderated the discussion and Directors Brittany Forman and Gina Lavery also attended. Important topics concerning community development were discussed along with opportunities that could positively affect Philadelphia neighborhoods.
ESI Principal Stephen Mullin and ESI Director Brittany Forman wrote a feature article for Delaware Lawyer Publication's Spring Edition on "Creating a Sense of Place: Challenges of economic development in small to mid-sized cities". Check out the magazine.
Proud to Sponsor
30th Annual Father's Day Rally Awards Ceremony 
June 14
Community College of Philadelphia
Black and Gold Gala
Preservation Alliance of Greater Philadelphia  
2019 Annual Preservation Achievement Awards  
The Chambers of Commerce for Greater Philadelphia, Executive Forum
  June 11
Staff and Senior Advisor News
We bid farewell to former director, Alison Shott. We wish her the best luck in her new position at the Federal Reserve Bank. 
Brittany Forman presented at the John Hopkins University on May 16. 
ESI is pleased to announce  Alix Sullivan  as a new analyst. Prior to working at ESI, Alix was an intern with the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia
ESI is pleased to welcome  Nicola Coakley  as an analyst.  She brings a background in impact evaluation in the nonprofit sector and has supported numerous social impact initiatives
ESI is also welcomes Michele Plaugic to the team as an analystMichele worked in a variety of fields, including land use and transportation planning, solar farm development, and public health research and evaluation. 
David Boonin , a senior advisor at ESI,  published his work "A greener economy" in the Philadelpha Inquirer's Dialogue Section on May 9. 
Elmore Alexander, a senior advisor at ESI, shared his insight on eCampus News on May 20.  
Stephen Mullin   moderated " Energy Pathways: Clean Energy Models for the Global Market"  panel at the Chamber of Commerce on May 29. At the panel, a series of industry frontrunners offered insights into the most viable pathways to decarbonization, the advancement towards electrification, and the role of natural gas in establishing a low-carbon environment.
Rebecca DeJoseph  presented ESI ThoughtLab's project "Smarter Cities 2025" to the  Urban Land Institute  Philadelphia South Jersey Council.
Steve Wray  spoke at the  Driving the Future of Mobility Summit on Finance and Policy  on May 21. Steve also spoke at the " Economics of Mobility " at the GVFTMA Annual Meeting on May 20.  In addition, Steve presented at Florida City County Managers Association Annual Conference in Orlando on May 30.

ESI is pleased to welcome our 2019 Summer interns and co-ops. From left to right, Theo Herrin from William & Mary, Kaitlyn MacLennan from Temple UniversityHenry Cockranfrom New York University, Roya Aghaeifar, Matthew DeCesare, Sydney Lodge from University of Pennsylvania, Peter Baroff from Haverford College, Fintan O'Toole from University of Pennsylvania, Brendan Connor from Trinity College Dublin.
News from the Lab

We are excited to announce the launch of our new quarterly newsletter, Thoughtnomics . The name aptly describes ESI ThoughtLab's mission: to deliver high-impact thought leadership through applied economics and advanced analytics.

The goal of this newsletter is to demonstrate how to increase the value of your thought leadership by applying innovative economic analysis. Through this newsletter, our thought leadership experts plans to inform evidence-based research initiatives, share thought leadership ideas, and examine top-of-mind issues for business and government leaders.

Sign up for Thougtnomics newsletter to stay up-to-date with all things related to #ThoughtLeadership

US-China Research

ANBOUND  recently published an article, "Chen Gong: On the Silk-Road Centrism" , which analyzes the impacts of the famous Silk Road and its relation with economic growth. ANBOUND writes, "The unstoppable force that drove the changes was the trading needs of human beings as well as the pursuit of wealth and survival. Thus, the human need for trade and economy is in fact, the most important driver of civilization." 

Find out about Chinese think thank ANBOUND's position on current economic events affecting China, United States, and the world at ANBOUND Newsletter.   To learn more about ESI's partnership with ANBOUND, contact us .   
Present Value

What Do Jobs of the Future Look Like?

by Sidney Wong, Steve Wray

Community and Economic Development Through Historic Preservation

by Peter Angelides

Perspectives from U.S. & China: Smart City Innovation & Technology

by Sidney Wong, Chen Gong, Steve Wray

The Future of Autonomous Vehicles: Thoughts from the U.S. & China

by Gina Lavery, Alison Shott, Daniel Miles

Client Spotlight
Conrail will sell six acres of its riverside tract in Port Richmond to the Delaware River Waterfront Corp for conversion into a public park. 
Delaware River Waterfront held their Promenade 2019 event on May 30. 
Media Borough's annual event "Dining Under the Stars" was featured in 'Main Line Today'.
City of Chester received $182,000 PA grant for waterfront development. Congratulations!
Sustainable Business Network was featured in Philadelphia Business Journal based on the research ESI produced.
Global Philadelphia's report was quoted in Philadelphia Business Journal, ESI helped with the creation of the report. 
Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance's report was mentioned in Philadelphia Business Journal ESI helped with the creation of the report. 

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