Grants and Funding

Four Considerations When Building a Climate Resilient Economy

March 29, 2024 / Comments Off on Four Considerations When Building a Climate Resilient Economy

The notion of a climate resilient economy—an economy that can come back from shocks or stresses prompted by extreme weather events, sea level rise, and shifting ecosystems—is a central concern for this era of public policy analysts and planners. Building economic resilience in cities and municipalities in the face of climate change involves a multifaceted […]

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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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Is the Commonwealth Positioning Itself to Move up the Ladder of Economic Competitiveness?

September 15, 2023 / Comments Off on Is the Commonwealth Positioning Itself to Move up the Ladder of Economic Competitiveness?

The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania recently announced improvements to a key economic development program, the Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program (RACP). Among other efficiencies, the Commonwealth has streamlined the application process by replacing the 22-tab Application & Business Plan with a more efficient, 10-section fillable Project Management Proposal post-award application process. Ultimately, the changes will provide a […]

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Net Benefit Analysis for an Innovation Hub

June 28, 2023 / Comments Off on Net Benefit Analysis for an Innovation Hub

The New Brunswick Development Corporation (Devco) engaged ESI to analyze the potential economic impacts and conduct a Net Benefit Test for the proposed New Brunswick Health + Life Sciences Exchange Development. The 12-story building will be the home to the new Rutgers University Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, a comprehensive translational research facility for Rutgers […]

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New Jersey Economic Development Authority Aspire Tax Credit Program

June 13, 2023 / Comments Off on New Jersey Economic Development Authority Aspire Tax Credit Program

Established within New Jersey’s Economic Recovery Act of 2020, and operated by the New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA), the Aspire Program is a gap financing tax credit program that supports strategic commercial, mixed use, and residential real estate development projects. ESI provides analytical and advisory services assistance to clients who are interested in seeking […]

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The Current State of EV Policy in the United States

November 18, 2022 / Comments Off on The Current State of EV Policy in the United States

Cities and states across America are beginning to take more strides toward fully adopting electric vehicles (EVs) and integrating them into the fabric of their road and urban infrastructure. The benefits of making the switch from internal combustion engines (ICE) to EVs are growing and well documented, and their popularity has also grown significantly in […]

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