April 2023
News + Updates
We are Hiring!
We are currently inviting candidates to check out our open positions and apply today. Please don't hesitate to direct those who might be a good fit as well. We'd love to work with you!

Positions include:

  • Administrative Associate
  • Analyst
  • Associate Director
  • Center for the Future of Cities Fellow
  • Director
  • Geospatial Research Assistant
  • Regulatory Research Assistant
  • Senior Analyst
  • Transportation Analyst
Register Today for ESI's Higher Education Webinar Series
In April and May of 2023, ESI will host a series of weekly mini-webinars addressing critical issues currently facing the higher education sector. Topics will range from navigating supplier diversity, to understanding HBCUs and economic development, organizational leadership in uncertain times, as well as the current and future role international students will play at American institutions. These discussions will be led by a diverse group of thought leaders and industry experts.

All sessions will be moderated by Lee Huang, President of ESI and Lead Principal for the firm’s Universities and Hospitals practice.

These mini-webinars will occur every Tuesday from April 4 to May 23, 12:00-12:30 pm.

On April 20, ESI will be hosting Revitalizing the City: A Conversation with SEPTA CEO Leslie Richards, presented in partnership with LAI.

We will discuss the current and pending projects of the organization, such as the Key Advantage program, and SEPTA's role in the revitalization of the city. This is an opportunity to also gain insights on the agency's perspective and outlook related to the continuing shifts in population and employment centers in our region. Plus there will be ample time to ask questions. The event also includes time to socialize and network with others involved with land economics, planning, architecture, engineering, and more disciplines of real estate. 

Get tickets here.
Ethan Conner-Ross will be moderating City Hall Connectors: A look at Philadelphia's FY24 Budget and 5-Year Plan, hosted by the Chamber of Commerce of Greater Philadelphia. Hear from the Office of the Director of Finance, the Budget Office, and the Pennsylvania Intergovernmental Cooperation Authority (PICA).

As the city is at a critical inflection point, hear from these experts regarding Philadelphia's current fiscal health and growth post-pandemic:

  • Rob Dubow, Finance Director, City of Philadelphia
  • Sabrina Maynard, Budget Director, City of Philadelphia
  • Harvey M. Rice, Esq., Executive Director, Pennsylvania Intergovernmental Cooperation Authority (PICA)
  • Moderated by Ethan Conner-Ross, Sr. Vice President & Principal, Econsult Solutions, Inc.

Register here.

ESI Senior Vice President and Principal Ethan Conner-Ross will serve as panelist on 'The Fiscal Cost of a Population Unprepared for Retirement' part of NCSL-Pew Retirement Savings Roundtable, happening May 19 - 20 in Denver, CO.

The roundtable will bring together lawmakers from across the country to discuss retirement savings initiatives for private sector workers who do not have workplace retirement benefits. We’ll share the latest research on the scale and cost of retirement insecurity in the states and explore the feasibility of legislative solutions, including state-facilitated savings programs managed by private financial services providers. 
Staff and Senior Advisor Updates
ESI Principals Lee Huang and Richard Voith and Directors Sam Sklar and David Stanek presented at the NJ Transit-Rutgers CAIT Research & Technology Partnership Forum which showcased ongoing projects in transit engineering, capital planning, asset management, and climate resiliency.
Senior Advisor Geoffrey Roche was highlighted on the Grow Strong Leaders Podcast in an episode titled 'A CEO's Impact on a Young Leader.' Listen here.
ESI welcomes Anne Bovaird Nevins to the Senior Advisor Board. She is a senior economic and community development executive with nearly two decades of experience in the field.
ESI Vice President Frank Robinson represented ESI Center for the Future of Cities at the Hampton Roads Social Justice Conference, discussing the importance of the building EV infrastructure in an inclusive and equitable manner.

U.S. - China Research
China's Economic Recovery Still Faces Sustainability Challenges

China's National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) has recently released data indicating that the country's manufacturing sector remains in a state of expansion, with a PMI reading of 51.9% for March.

Present Value
As part of ESI’s ten-year anniversary, we are looking back on some of our projects over the years. This month, we are highlighting 10 projects from our universities and hospitals practice, which encompasses public and private institutions, academics, innovation and technology hubs, and athletics.

by Frank Robinson
Parking wars is a hot topic in urban environments, with some believing that the world should go to zero car dependency (or somewhere close), others believing owning a car is a right and privilege and have no intention of giving it up, and a lot of opinions and concerns in between.

Many cities across the United States are faced with two enduring impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic: vacant office space in their central business districts and a high demand for housing. Many cities across the country, including New York City, San Francisco, Boston, and Atlanta, have adopted or are considering policies to encourage the conversion of offices to residential buildings in their commercial districts.

As cities around the world grapple with the challenges of urbanization, many are turning to nature-based solutions to create more livable, sustainable communities. Here in Philadelphia, the city has taken an ambitious step forward with the Philly Tree Plan, an initiative aimed at increasing the city’s tree canopy cover and enhancing the benefits that trees provide to residents and the environment.

Client Spotlight
Center City District CEO Paul Levy says diversifying downtown is the key to Philly's future.                       
Atlantic City moves ahead with $2.7B Formula 1 racetrack plan for Bader Field.
Enterprise Center invests $250K in Philadelphia beverage startup led by Drexel Alums.
The Southeast Asian Market returns to FDR Park, with food from more than 70 vendors.
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