April 2022
News + Updates
Learn more about our work with SEPTA on the Key Advantage program and other solutions for public transit that we provide.

SEPTA Launches 'Key Advantage' Program
SEPTA Key Advantage is an institutional pass program in which participating partner organizations have the ability to purchase a Monthly Anywhere TrailPass for all of their employees. Phase I of this six-month pilot program kicks off in May with Drexel University, Penn Medicine, and Wawa serving as institutional partners.

ESI assisted SEPTA with research, development, and implementation of the Key Advantage program and continues to support planning efforts to expand the availability of the program to additional organizations through the development of a permanent program structure.
ESI Highlights Transportation & Infrastructure all Month Long
Infrastructure investments and transportation services impact the economic trajectory, land use patterns, access to opportunity, and quality of life of an area by connecting people to places. ESI combines economic, strategic, and analytic capabilities to help our clients evaluate their options, demonstrate the benefits of their projects and achieve their objectives.

Learn more about our Transportation and Infrastructure practice today.
Staff and Senior Advisor Updates
ESI is pleased to welcome its newest team members! Please join us in welcoming Guido Giuntini, Elina Nikoleri, Kagiso Reed, David Stanek and Elizabeth Wang!
Rysheema Dixon
ESI congratulates Senior Advisor Rysheema Dixon whose company, RD Innovative Planning, in collaboration with Educate the Future Liberia, conducted a four-day social entrepreneurship training program in Monrovia.
Senior Advisor Hilary Jay has established Department of Better, her new transition advisory service.
Senior Advisor Joyce Lee was interviewed along with City’s Director of Sustainability Office for a U.S. Green Building Council article: How LEED contributes to Philadelphia’s green building blueprint.
Stephen Mullin served as keynote speaker at King of Prussia Business District's Accelerating Growth Community Luncheon where he discussed the regional economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Richard Voith and Jing Liu's paper, The Effects of Concentrated LIHTC Development on Surrounding House Prices, was accepted for publication and is now available online.
Last month Senior Advisor, Fred Dedrick, was appointed to the National Advisory Committee for Yellowstone Forever, the official nonprofit partner of Yellowstone National Park. Its purpose is to protect, preserve, and enhance Yellowstone National Park through education and philanthropy. 2022 marks the 150th anniversary of the founding of the Park, America’s first national park.
Steve Wray served as keynote presenter at the Pennsylvania Economic Development Association Spring Conference in Harrisburg on April 5. His remarks were on the future of economic development for Pennsylvania cities.
Update from the Center
Team members of ESI Center for the Future of Cities, our newest thought leadership initiative, are gearing up for timely, in-depth explorations of topics that are important to city leaders: Rethinking Quality of Place; A New Approach to Inclusive Entrepreneurial Ecosystems; and Redefining Smart and Connected Communities. These issues affect cities of all sizes, in regions across the U.S. To learn more and get involved, contact Steve Wray, wray@econsultsolutions.com.
U.S. - China Research
Global Energy Transition Continues, Despite Geopolitical Interference

The escalation of the conflict between Russia and Ukraine poses a major influence on the global energy market, bringing a profound and long-term impact on the future global energy transition.

Present Value
ESI Analyst Tiffany Hudson examines the importance of universal pass programs similar to SEPTA Key Advantage and the benefits they bring about, as well as their contributions toward a more equitable future for cities and urban areas.

ESI Analyst, Joyce Liu published a two part collaborative article based on an internal survey that asked about the opinions for future cities.

ESI Analyst, Joyce Liu published a two part collaborative article based on an internal survey that asked about the opinions for future cities.

Senior Advisor, Michael Pearson, breaks down current racial issues, the effects on minority businesses, a ways to promote change to make the city more inclusive.

Client Spotlight
Congratulations to Woodmere Art Museum for winning the John Andrew Gallery Community Action Award at this year's Preservation Achievement Awards presented by the Preservation Alliance for Greater Philadelphia
ESI congratulates Reading Terminal Market for being voted America's Best Public Market!
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