9.07.2007

What Am I Working On

As has become my custom every three months, here's what I'm working on
now at work. I won't repeat anything from last time that I happen to
still be working on (which unfortunately is a lot - darn these long
and unending projects!), and for confidentiality's sake I have to blur
some of the details for some of these studies).

* Quantifying the economic and fiscal impact of a major financial
services firm relocating most of its jobs to Philadelphia

* Advising a region on the size and composition of its "creative
economy" and on ways to increase its impact

* Calculating the amount of upfront funds that a city could generate
by capturing future property tax increases that result from
infrastructure development

* Making the case to a city and state that connecting high-skilled
immigrants to jobs more suitable to their skills is an essential
workforce development strategy

* Helping a regional economic development entity envision the
commercial impact of extending a main subway line out to a nearby
growth community

* Performing a "strengths / weaknesses / opportunities / threats"
analysis for a major university

* Providing economic and real estate analysis to assist a respected
cultural institution in determining where and how to relocate its
headquarters

* Assisting a community group in lobbying for local infrastructural
improvement while simultaneously addressing resident concerns about
"gentrification"

* Selling a city on the financial benefits of supporting the
construction of public space for X-Games-like activity

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