covid-19

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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What is the Future of Museums?

February 12, 2021 / Comments Off on What is the Future of Museums?

Will museums be the same after the pandemic has passed? Before closing their doors due to the pandemic, museums and galleries were slow to adopt digitalization. The ways we explore the arts have not changed much since the early 20th century, with visitors crowding into a room to look at one or two works at […]

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Top 10 Present Value Posts of 2020

December 18, 2020 / Comments Off on Top 10 Present Value Posts of 2020

As we come to the end of this unprecedented year, we reflected on ESI’s most viewed blog posts of the year. Topics span from cybersecurity, real estate, transportation, and of course the most talked about topic this year: COVID-19. We send big thanks to everyone that contributed to our blog, Present Value, in 2020. We […]

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Expert Views: Post-Pandemic Trends in Cities

November 13, 2020 / Comments Off on Expert Views: Post-Pandemic Trends in Cities

As city leaders around the world continue to cope with the impacts of COVID-19, they are also assessing which will remain with us in a post-pandemic world. Repercussions of the health crisis, including recession, high unemployment, and the new urban exodus, have highlighted weaknesses and underscore why leaders need to improve public health and other […]

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