The E.P. Systems Group, Inc. (EPSG) is a small economic and environmental planning and policy development/analysis firm that assembles tailored teams of experienced professionals for the conduct of applied research and technical assistance on developmental policy issues. Our focus is on the social processes, institutions and market mechanisms that shape the interaction of economic development and environmental protection and thus the outcomes of public sector environmental policies and interventions into private market processes.
We have decades of experience in local economic development planning, including manpower training, real estate redevelopment, utility and infrastructure planning and other technical assistance services. Beyond the Federal Government level, our domestic clients have ranged from central labor councils and community development corporations through private businesses and policy advocacy organizations to chambers of commerce and municipal, county and state economic development agencies.
We have assisted U.S. local development planners with federal programs administered by the Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Environmental Protection Agency and the Economic Development Administration, from Model Cities through Empowerment Zones and Enterprise Community initiatives, including brownfield revitalization and other land-based strategic planning. We have addressed energy efficiency and renewable energy as economic development issues since the 1970s oil embargoes and provide financial management support to Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grants and State Energy Program funds from the Department of Energy.
Overseas, we have supported agencies in EU Member States with economic development and environmental management strategies, and institutions in third world countries with planning implementation and addressing the tradeoffs in pursuit of environmentally sustainable economic development planning. Most recently we contracted with the British government for work on the practical economic issues associated with global responses to climate change.