State and Local Governments

How Will Cities Handle COVID-19?

April 10, 2020 / Comments Off on How Will Cities Handle COVID-19?

Today in Present Value, we interview Stephen Mullin, President and Principal of ESI. Steve 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 current COVID-19 crisis. Ed Rendell famously said that when he […]

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Top Ten Present Value Posts from 2019

December 6, 2019 / Comments Off on Top Ten Present Value Posts from 2019

As 2019 winds down, we decide to take a look back at our most viewed blog posts of the year. Topics span from thought leadership, real estate, higher ed, and more. Thank you to everyone that contributed to Present Value in 2019, we look forward to another year of sharing ideas, discussing our interests, and […]

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Equitable Capital Access – Dispatches from Philadelphia

November 15, 2019 / Comments Off on Equitable Capital Access – Dispatches from Philadelphia

This week in Present Value, ESI’s Lee Huang (LH) speaks with local leaders to identify how they are helping people access capital, overcome barriers, and create thriving communities. LH: Markita, let’s start off with you, who does Compass Working Capital serve, what barriers do they face in accessing capital, and how do you help them […]

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A Conversation with Compass Working Capital’s Markita Morris-Louis

November 15, 2019 / Comments Off on A Conversation with Compass Working Capital’s Markita Morris-Louis

ESI’s Lee Huang (LH) discusses access to capital, overcoming barriers, and more with Markita Morris-Louis (MML), Chief Strategy Officer for Compass Working Capital. LH: Who does Compass Working Capital serve, what barriers do they face in accessing capital, and how do you help them overcome those barriers? MML: Assets are a stronger predictor than income […]

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One-on-One with The Enterprise Center’s Della Clark

November 15, 2019 / Comments Off on One-on-One with The Enterprise Center’s Della Clark

ESI’s Lee Huang sits down with Della Clark, President of The Enterprise Center, to discuss access to the capital and the work The Enterprise Center focuses on. LH: What’s the vision behind the new equity fund, and how does it represent a natural outgrowth of your almost 30 years of work at The Enterprise Center? […]

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Discussing Access to Capital with the GPHCC’s Lou Rodriguez

November 15, 2019 / Comments Off on Discussing Access to Capital with the GPHCC’s Lou Rodriguez

ESI’s Lee Huang discusses access to capital with Lou Rodriguez, CEO and founder of Rodriguez Consulting LLC and Chair of the Greater Philadelphia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. LH: From your vantage point as chair of the Greater Philadelphia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, how is the region doing in providing equitable access to capital?  What are […]

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