Fels Research and Consulting

The Philadelphia Business Journal cited a Fels study on the effects of Philadelphia's 10-year real estate tax abatement by Fels Senior Consultant Dr. Kevin Gillen in advocating for facts and not suppostion to drive the debate. You can read the full editorial here. You can find the full sudy here. To learn more about Dr. Kevin Gillen, please click here.
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...
A new report by Fels Senior Consultant Kevin Gillen and Westrum Development CEO John Westrum was the topic of a real estate piece in the Philadelphia Business Journal. Using a newly constructed development as their case study, the authors analyzed the impacts of Philadelphia’s 10-year tax abatement. To read the article, click here. To read the report, click here. To learn more about Dr. Kevin...
In a recent Philadelphia Inquirer piece, Fels Senior Research Consultant Kevin Gillen was quoted about online real estate database Zillow’s new Market Health Index. An expert on the Philadelphia area housing market, Dr. Gillen produces quarterly reports on housing prices throughout the Delaware and Lehigh Valleys. Four areas are highlighted in the reports: the City of Philadelphia, the...
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...
The Philadelphia Inquirer quoted Fels Senior Consultant Dr. Kevin Gillen on the changing real estate market in Philadelphia's Point Breeze neighborhood and on the impact of location on the housing market. You can read the Point Breeze article here. You can read the article on the impact of location on the housing market here. To learn more about Dr. Kevin Gillen, please click here.
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.
The Philadelphia Inquirer quoted Fels Senior Consultant Dr. Kevin Gillen on the changing real estate market in Philadelphia's Francisville neighborhood. You can read the full article here. To learn more about Dr. Kevin Gillen, please click 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.
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