Government and Public Policy

Expensive Eggs and Rising Gas Prices: How Does Inflation Help Me Pay My Mortgage?

April 12, 2024 / Comments Off on Expensive Eggs and Rising Gas Prices: How Does Inflation Help Me Pay My Mortgage?

Inflation – a general rise in the price of all the things we buy – is a constant topic in the news, and no wonder: when the price of food, fuel, housing, and other things we purchase goes up, it gets harder to buy the things we want and need. And if you have debt […]

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How Does Sea Level Rise Affect Us? Learning from New Jersey

April 5, 2024 / Comments Off on How Does Sea Level Rise Affect Us? Learning from New Jersey

Over the last century, sea levels in New Jersey have risen about 1.4 feet, due to both natural forces and groundwater pumping. The global average has been almost 8 inches. What does this mean for New Jersey residents? The effects of sea level rise will be felt in their daily lives, making coastal flooding more […]

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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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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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How Can Location Intelligence Help Identify Affordable Housing Development Opportunities

March 1, 2024 / Comments Off on How Can Location Intelligence Help Identify Affordable Housing Development Opportunities

The real estate adage “location, location, location” is as relevant today as it has ever been, encapsulating the essence of what makes a property valuable. Traditionally, the real estate market has leaned heavily on local knowledge to decipher urban patterns, historical trends, and the subtle distinctions between neighborhoods and their surrounding environments. This method, while […]

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ESI’s Climate Resilience Index: Final Update and Future Implications

February 2, 2024 / Comments Off on ESI’s Climate Resilience Index: Final Update and Future Implications

Since our most recent update on the development of ESI’s climate resilience index, we want to provide a final update before its official release outlining critical changes made during development and discussion of the index’s potential for future use. In addition, recognizing the limitations of the index will be vital for interpreting results and discerning […]

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