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 look forward to another year of sharing ideas and having discussions with our experts!

What post will take the top spot for 2020?

  1. COVID-19 Implications for Transit

Starting off our list, Richard Voith writes about COVID-19 implications for transit and the long-term risk for both cities and transit agencies.

  1. How Will Cities Handle COVID-19?

Next up, Stephen Mullin shares some words of wisdom from his previous jobs as Director of Commerce and Director of Finance for the City of Philadelphia on how cities such as Philadelphia will handle the COVID-19 crisis.

  1. Discussion Questions for Higher Education Leaders

Lee Huang, with the help of various ESI Senior Advisors, developed a questionnaire to help leaders in the higher education industry prepare for success in an uncertain future.

  1. COVID-19 Implications for Non-Profits

Steve Wray writes on the effect of the global pandemic on the non-profit sector and emphasizes the importance of supporting these organizations.

  1. COVID-19 Implications for Real Estate Through 2020

Coming in at sixth on our list, Peter Angelides writes about COVID-19 implications for real estate in 2020 and the longer-term implications.

  1. Looking at a Less Frequently Explored Philadelphia Neighborhood: The Far Northeast

Gina Lavery dives into the history and dynamics that make the Far Northeast an interesting place in Philadelphia.

  1. COVID-19 Implications on Nightlife

Gina Lavery and Jing Liu reflect on the implications of COVID-19 on the nightlife sector of the economy.

  1. The Future of Transit Agencies: During and After COVID-19

Richard Voith and Ethan Conner-Ross write about the future of transit agencies during and after COVID-19, using SEPTA as an example.

  1. Will Automation Lead to Mass Unemployment?

Coming in at second on our list, Carlos Bonilla takes a look at the anxiety around automation and robotics taking jobs away from the human worker. Is there reason to worry?

  1. The Current State of Cybersecurity Performance

Topping our list, Lou Celi, and Chief Economist Daniel Miles sit down with the experts behind ESI ThoughtLab’s study Driving Cybersecurity Performance to examine the state of cybersecurity and growing trends impacting the industry.


Lindsay Durkalec is a Senior Business Development and Marketing Associate at Econsult Solutions, where she supports the business development team. In addition to assisting with proposals, Ms. Durkalec is responsible for enhancing ESI’s brand and work through traditional and social media, content development for the web, and managing the ESI blog, Present Value.

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