February 2019 
New York City's Nightlife Economy
ESI in partnership with North Highland and Urbane Development, completed the first ever economic impact study on the City of New York's nightlife economy for the Mayor's Office of Media and entertainment. The report details the direct impact of NYC's nightlife economy and historic trends across subsectors and geographies, the total economic impact of NYC's nightlife economy, and more. 
The USDOT Build America Bureau is accepting applications for the second round of the Infrastructure for Rebuilding America (INFRA) Grant Program, due March 4, 2019. ESI can help with your benefit-cost analysis as well as the complete application.
Opportunity Zones Presentation
Directors Brittany Forman and Dan Connelly gave a presentation on Opportunity Zones to the Philadelphia delegation on February 6 in Harrisburg, PA with Bellevue Strategies. Learn more about our Opportunity Zone Advisory Services
Expert Testimony
Brittany Forman  provided expert testimony to the Philadelphia City Council's Appropriations Committee on Qualified Opportunity Zones during a hearing on January 23. 
Upcoming Events
PCDC Chinese New Year Fundraising Banquet, February 22.
PHL Diversity 2019 Business Opportunity Luncheon, February 28
2019 Solas Awards, February 28 Cooper's Ferry Partnership 2019
Annual Meeting, March 20.
Staff and Senior Advisors News
Richard Voith was featured on KYW Newsradio, speaking about traffic and congestion in the Philadelphia area, as well as how the city is represented in comparison to other regions.
Peter Angelides moderated the panel discussion, "Disrupt Real Estate with Technology: A New Era Demands New Thinking," an Urban Land Institute Philadelphia presentation at the University of Delaware STAR Campus in Newark, DE on February 6. 
Stephen Mullin testified at New Jersey's State Senate meeting on the New Jersey Grow Program on February 11. He also spoke at the Bond Club of Philadelphia's Annual Meeting on February 12 on "Observations from a Philadelphia Economy Watcher".
Robin Winston has been continuously providing counsel to the NBC, FOX and CBS affiliates in Indianapolis as an on-air political analyst. Winston provides national, state and local perspective to activities in government, business and politics. 
Joel Naroff, a KYW Radio business commentator, mentioned ESI's Philadelphia Housing Index in his most recent radio airing. 
Terry Gillen will be a panelist at a Pay For Success conference at Columbia University's Bernstein Center for Leadership and Ethics on February 21. 
Richard Miller has joined Tesla as an Energy Advisor based in Cherry Hill, NJ. 
His new role with Tesla is working with clients who want to convert their typical Grid energy system to new solar energy for their homes and businesses.  
Susan Baltake has been appointed to the Board of Trustees of the Haddonfield Outdoor Sculpture Trust, a 501(c)3 bringing accessible outdoor art to the Borough of Haddonfield, NJ. This public/private outdoor art initiative has populated downtown Haddonfield with more than 20 rotational, traditional and abstract outdoor sculptures since 2015.
Bernard Markstein estimated state construction unemployment rates for the Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) for December, which was also reprinted
News from the Lab

ESI ThoughtLab  is currently in the midst of forming a coalition of sponsor and research partners to expand on 2018's ground-breaking  Smarter Cities 2025  study. The follow-up project, Building a Hyperconnected City will provide urban and business leaders with the definitive playbook for creating digitally-enabled and seamlessly interlinked urban ecosystems.

To learn more about Building a Hyperconnected City, please contact Lou Celi.

Present Value

A Look at Philadelphia Tourism & Hotels

By Robert Jaeger

The Smart City Challenge
in Latin America

By Anna Szterenfeld

PHI Shows Year-Over-Year Increase at End of 2018

By Gina Lavery

Part 2: Leveraging Integration of Public Policy to Drive Supplier Diversity

By Angela Dowd-Burton

Client Spotlight
The University City Science Center has sold a majority interest in its original building at 3401 Market St. for $26 million.
SEPTA has awarded a $7.2 million design contract to HNTB, an infrastructure solutions firm, for the King of Prussia rail project.
Stay connected