Equity and Inclusion

Creating a More Adaptable & Inclusive Approach to Economic Development

January 5, 2024 / Comments Off on Creating a More Adaptable & Inclusive Approach to Economic Development

Making Economic Development More Adaptable Past economic development planning efforts have focused on a one-size-fits-all methodology, applying common practices and principles to all regions. A more tailored approach that accounts for differences in population demographics, workforce readiness, local geography and other critical factors will lead to more successful economic development planning and execution. Precision economic […]

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Joseph Sun

December 21, 2023 / Comments Off on Joseph Sun

Joe Sun is an educator, DEI specialist, mentor, counselor, strategist, planner, and consultant with more than 40 years of experience. A deeply accomplished leader, Joe has held numerous roles and appointments throughout his career across a spectrum of institutions, organizations, and continents. Joe recently served as vice rector (provost) of Forman Christian College University, a […]

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Rebuilding American Infrastructure with Sustainability and Equity (RAISE) Grants

December 1, 2023 / Comments Off on Rebuilding American Infrastructure with Sustainability and Equity (RAISE) Grants

Rebuilding American Infrastructure with Sustainability and Equity, or RAISE Transportation Discretionary Grant program (formerly known as BUILD), provides a unique opportunity for the U.S. Department of Transportation to invest in road, rail, transit and port projects that promise to achieve critical national objectives. Determining the costs, benefits, and positive impacts of large infrastructure projects requires […]

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Lessons from Philadelphia’s Southeast Asian Market at FDR Park

September 8, 2023 / Comments Off on Lessons from Philadelphia’s Southeast Asian Market at FDR Park

Philadelphia has a deep and rich food tradition. Home to internationally recognized restaurants (see Visit Philadelphia’s list of Philadelphia’s James Beard Foundation’s honored restaurants), and local eats that have grown cult followings, the city is consistently recognized as an unexpected culinary center of America. Recently, Food & Wine named FDR Park’s Southeast Asian Market, one […]

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Harrisburg Disparity Study

August 16, 2023 / Comments Off on Harrisburg Disparity Study

The City of Harrisburg and Impact Harrisburg commissioned this disparity study, funded by the City and Impact as well as by Dauphin County and produced by a consulting team that consisted of Econsult Solutions, Inc., Milligan Consulting, LLC, and the Winston/Terrell Group (collectively “the ESI team”). This disparity study had three main purposes: 1. To […]

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Atlanta’s Quest for Homeownership: The Alarming Affordable Housing Crisis

August 11, 2023 / Comments Off on Atlanta’s Quest for Homeownership: The Alarming Affordable Housing Crisis

Throughout American history, homeownership has been cherished as a symbol of wealth, community, and achievement. Additionally, affordable rental units are crucial as they provide stable housing and alleviate financial burden. However, today, the goal of owning a home and even finding affordable housing options is becoming increasingly elusive for millions nationwide. An alarming shortage of homes […]

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