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The Forever Changing City of Philadelphia

March 8, 2024 / Comments Off on The Forever Changing City of Philadelphia

The Neighborhood of West Philadelphia  West Philadelphia is one of the city’s largest neighborhoods. It holds many of the city’s schools, hospitals, and universities. People living in the area utilize these institutions in their daily lives whether it is for work, school, or personal matters. Many residents spend their day to day in this region, […]

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The City of Philadelphia Joins SEPTA Key Advantage: What That Means For City Employees

September 29, 2023 / Comments Off on The City of Philadelphia Joins SEPTA Key Advantage: What That Means For City Employees

Earlier this month, the City of Philadelphia officially became the newest participating member of the SEPTA Key Advantage program through an appropriation in the city’s FY 2024 budget. The city’s participation is a win for city employees and SEPTA. At a time where a challenge such as filling vacant spots exists, the Key Advantage program seeks to […]

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A Follow-up Love Letter to Cities

February 25, 2022 / Comments Off on A Follow-up Love Letter to Cities

We are two years and counting into a pandemic that has upended the entire world, from public health systems and global supply chains, to the ways we conduct business and attend school. When we first wrote Our Love Letter to Cities just days into the pandemic, we were holding our breath imagining whether the future […]

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Cybersecurity: A Smart City Imperative

April 23, 2021 / Comments Off on Cybersecurity: A Smart City Imperative

The COVID-19 pandemic highlighted to cities around the world the importance of smart city programs—the use of technology, data, and innovative solutions to address their social, environmental, and economic challenges. Indeed, 65% of city leaders surveyed in 2020 as part of ESI ThoughtLab’s Smart City Solutions for a Risker World reported that the top lessons […]

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Stumped? Understanding Lumber Prices.

April 16, 2021 / Comments Off on Stumped? Understanding Lumber Prices.

Over the past year, the construction industry has been buffeted by many factors due to the fallout from the spread of the coronavirus. One area that has proved particularly troublesome is the rapid increase in prices for construction materials. One specific item—lumber—is notable for its sharp increase in price that has remained high for a […]

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Incentives in a Post-Pandemic World: Planning for a “Better Normal”

March 5, 2021 / Comments Off on Incentives in a Post-Pandemic World: Planning for a “Better Normal”

As we look forward to a “better normal” in a post-pandemic world, how can cities and economic development professionals ensure that incentives and programs targeted at business growth are equitably distributed? Diversifying how state and local governments support economic recovery and growth across our communities is more important now than ever. ESI Principal Gina Lavery […]

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