Memorial Day Light Reads 2023

For this week’s Present Value post, we’re filling you in on Memorial Day happenings in Philly and catching you up on the latest from ESI.

Happy Memorial Day from all of us at ESI!


Events and Activities Around Philly

Things to Do in Greater Philadelphia for Memorial Day Weekend 2023
Visit Philadelphia

Free Admission at the National Constitution Center from May 27 – 29, 2023
The National Constitution Center

Celebrate the start of summer at Spruce Street Harbor Park or visit the Summerfest RiverRink
Delaware River Waterfront Corporation

Parks on Tap takes over Clark Park from May 24 – 29, 2023
Parks on Tap

12th Annual Philadelphia Latino Film Festival runs from May 28 – July 9
Philadelphia Latino Film Festival

The Latest from Present Value

Congestion Pricing in New York: How Will it Work?
By Sam Sklar, Director

Discussing the Future of Cities with Gina Lavery
By Mike Daly, Business Development Manager

How Can we Convince the Public that a College Degree is Still Worth it?
By Dr. Elmore Alexander, Senior Advisor

Can your Downtown Benefit from Office Conversions?
By Dr. David Stanek, Director

The Philly Tree Plan: Sowing the Seeds of a Greener, More Sustainable City
By Melissa Wright, Associate Director

ICYMI: Critical Issues Facing Higher Education

In April and May of 2023, ESI presented a series of weekly webinars addressing critical issues facing the higher education sector. Below are links to each of the recorded sessions.

Anchoring Innovation Ecosystems, featuring Bernadine Hawes
Runtime: 28 minutes

Supplier Diversity on Campus, featuring Angela Dowd-Burton
Runtime: 25 minutes

HBCUs in Economic Development, featuring Dr. Jamie Green and Dr. Joseph Whittaker
Runtime: 30 minutes

Chinese Students in American Institutions – Past, Present, and Future, featuring Dr. Benjamin Olshin
Runtime: 26 minutes

Organizational Leadership in Uncertain Times, featuring Dr. Curtis Gregory
Runtime: 29 minutes

Sustainability, featuring Robert Fleming and Raymond Barclay
Runtime: 30 minutes

The Bottom-line Case for Energy Efficiency, featuring Dan Garofalo
Runtime: 29 minutes

In the News

The New Exhibit at Philly’s Historic Germantown Looks at Race and Class Through the Ground-breaking 1946 Children’s Book ‘Bright April’
By Valerie Russ, The Philadelphia Inquirer

Wilmington’s Grand Prix Returns for its 15th Year this Weekend
By Johnny Perez-Gonzalez, WHYY

List Extra: Greater Philadelphia’s Top Tourist Attractions Brought in More than 20M Visitors in 2022
By Todd Romero, Philadelphia Business Journal

Liberty Bell, Longwood Gardens Among Destinations Awarded Michelin Stars in New Philadelphia Guidebook
By Emma Dooling, Philadelphia Business Journal

Hybrid Work is Here to Stay. These Philly Business Leaders say ‘We Should Stop Complaining’
By Lizzy McLellan Ravitch, The Philadelphia Inquirer

Public Transit Gets the Swiftie Bump
By Diana Ionescu, Planetizen

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