Equity and Inclusion

Light Reads: Independence Day 2024

June 28, 2024 / Comments Off on Light Reads: Independence Day 2024

To celebrate Independence Day, this week’s Present Value post features a curated selection of holiday events and regional news. Our team has gathered a mix of festive activities and important updates to keep you informed and engaged. We hope this round-up enhances your July 4th celebrations. Wishing everyone a safe and joyous Independence Day!  Upcoming […]

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Eleanor Sharpe

June 27, 2024 / Comments Off on Eleanor Sharpe

With a distinguished career spanning over a decade with the City of Philadelphia, Sharpe’s most recent position was Interim Deputy Mayor/Director of the Department of Planning and Development. In this role, she led collaborative efforts with diverse stakeholders, including elected officials, developers, and communities to enhance, plan, preserve, and develop vibrant neighborhoods across the city. […]

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Improving Accessibility in Cities

June 21, 2024 / Comments Off on Improving Accessibility in Cities

Cities are often the most accessible places to live. Public transit, sidewalks, density, and other public amenities mean that it is easier for all people to live, work, and play. However, many cities are not as physically accessible as they should be. While the Americans with Disabilities Act makes United States cities more accessible than […]

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The Importance of Higher Education and Workforce Development to a Growing Urban Economy

May 31, 2024 / Comments Off on The Importance of Higher Education and Workforce Development to a Growing Urban Economy

When I entered city government during the Rendell administration, I worked for the Philadelphia Commerce Department, then headed by Stephen P. Mullin, a founder and principal of ESI. In my role working directly for the Commerce Director, I had the good fortune of seeing the drivers of Philadelphia’s economy. The drivers ranged from the clear […]

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From the Vault: Features on Sustainability and Urban Resilience

April 26, 2024 / Comments Off on From the Vault: Features on Sustainability and Urban Resilience

In this Present Value post, we look back on thought provoking reads focused on the growing threat of climate change, the need for sustainability policies and practices, and how communities big and small are working to foster urban resilience. From the Paris Climate Agreement to the latest in EV policy trends, combatting urban heat, and building more […]

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Establishing a Best Path Forward Toward Private University-Community Relations

March 15, 2024 / Comments Off on Establishing a Best Path Forward Toward Private University-Community Relations

Private universities now understand the positive shared successes interwoven between higher education institutions and their respective municipalities. Some would say the best answer to create shared prosperity lies in Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PILOT)—voluntary contributions from tax-exempt private nonprofits, serving as alternatives to traditional property tax obligations. Most PILOTs are paid by private universities […]

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