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Lindsay Durkalec

How will 2021 Stimulus Checks Impact Philadelphia’s Economy?

April 2, 2021 / Comments Off on How will 2021 Stimulus Checks Impact Philadelphia’s Economy?

Millions of Americans across the country began to receive $1,400 stimulus payments included in the American Rescue Plan as early as March 17th. An estimated 1.1 million Philadelphians are expected to receive these payments. While not replacing lost earned income—the purpose of expanded unemployment and business safety-net programs like PPP—this payment program represents a very […]

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Constraints on New Hampshire’s Workforce Recovery

March 31, 2021 / Comments Off on Constraints on New Hampshire’s Workforce Recovery

The COVID-19 pandemic created a range of health, economic, and social policy challenges for New Hampshire. Changes in economic conditions have deepened existing challenges for vulnerable populations and communities, while other households have faced new challenges around decisions regarding employment and child care that they had never anticipated. As New Hampshire seeks to accelerate its […]

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A Preview to our Study: Smart City Solutions for a Riskier World

March 26, 2021 / Comments Off on A Preview to our Study: Smart City Solutions for a Riskier World

COVID-19 has served as a stress test for cities as businesses and services were shut down and medical facilities stretched to their limits. It has exposed weaknesses in digital infrastructure and resilience as disruptions have emerged unexpectedly with far-reaching aftershocks. Simultaneously, cities are facing mounting pressures to address vulnerabilities related to cybersecurity and climate change. […]

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Our Contribution to the Contemporary Equity and Inclusion Conversation

March 19, 2021 / Comments Off on Our Contribution to the Contemporary Equity and Inclusion Conversation

When we talk about wanting to make a difference through our Equity & Inclusion practice, it is simultaneously a bland statement and an eyebrow-raising one. Bland because who doesn’t want to have a positive impact?  But eyebrow-raising because it makes it sound like we are a non-profit or a think tank, rather than a for-profit […]

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State and Local Governments Get a Reprieve – But Must Seize the Opportunity

March 18, 2021 / Comments Off on State and Local Governments Get a Reprieve – But Must Seize the Opportunity

Last week saw the passages of the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan, which is topped only by the $2.2 trillion CARES Act in the size and scope of the infusion of spending into the economy. The plan includes direct payments to households and an extension of unemployment insurance benefits that, like the CARES Act, should […]

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The Relationship Between Community and Economic Development

March 12, 2021 / Comments Off on The Relationship Between Community and Economic Development

Whether one lives in a metropolitan, suburban, or rural area, they are aware of the current state of their community in a major or minor capacity. Over many decades, residents will notice the improvements or deteriorations that impacted their community. The distinctness of community development, as well as economic development, remains apparent, but it is […]

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