Fels Research and Consulting

By Kathryn McCarthy, MPA '15, Associate Consultant  In line with the need for the President to bring the nation up to speed on the State of the Union, it is important to bring attention to the current projects and new developments of the Fels Consulting team. While the State of the Union might garner somewhat more press coverage than a blog post on the State of Fels Consulting, the latter...
By Alan Sable MPA '14, Associate Consultant Philadelphia City Council is poised to pass an historic land bank bill that supporters tout as a long awaited solution to Philadelphia’s vacant land epidemic. Land banks are “entities that can hold and manage vacant, abandoned and foreclosed properties, making it faster, easier and cheaper for prospective new owners to purchase these properties and get...
Governing Magazine recently published an article by Fels almuna and former associate consultant Tess Mullen '13  on their website titled, "How Baltimore Is Giving Teachers a Place to Live." You can read the complete article here.
By Morgan Jones '15, Associate Consultant Fels has begun consulting with the Free Library of Philadelphia to create a strategic plan for transforming local libraries in high-unemployment, high-poverty neighborhoods into resource centers for job seekers, many of whom are challenged by digital and traditional literacy deficits. The effort will employ a Collective Impact model. First presented by...
Governing Magazine recently published an article by Fels associate consultant Alan Sable on their website titled, "Are Philadelphia's Taxes Really So Unfriendly to Business?" You can read the complete article here.
By Susit Dhakal, Associate Consultant In September, I completed my first year as an Associate Consultant at Fels Consulting.  As I reflect on my time so far, the following comes to mind: Practice My first year classes at Fels exposed me to the following areas:•    Quantitative Data Analysis (Performance Management class)•    Public-Private Partnerships (Public...
An editorial in the Philadelphia Daily News and an article in the Philadelphia Inquirer both cited research by Fels Senior Consultant Dr. Kevin Gillen on the value of Philadelphia's ten-year real estate tax abatement. You can read the Daily New editorial here. You can read the Philadelphia Inquirer article here. To learn more about Dr.  Kevin Gillen, please click here.
WHYY interviewed Fels Senior Consultant Dr. Kevin Gillen about Philadelphia City Council President Darrell Clarke's plan to sell now shuttered school buildings. You can read the transcript and listen to the interview here. To learn more about Dr.  Kevin Gillen, please click here.
Fortune Magaine editor Leigh Gallagher recently published a book, The End of the Suburbs: Where the American Dream is Moving, that details the dramatic changes in development in metropolitan areas since the crash of the housing market. The book cites studies by Fels Senior Consultant Dr. Kevin Gillen on housing development in the Philadelphia market. Below is an excerpt: In the wake of the Great...
The Philadelphia Inquirer quoted Fels Senior Consultant Dr. Kevin Gillen about the economic drivers behind rising housing prices in Philadelphia's Port Richmond neighborhoood in a recent article. You can read the full article here. To learn more about Dr.  Kevin Gillen, please click here.
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