Category Archives: In The News


DSI Civic was appointed to co-lead in the development and implementation of a recovery plan for the City of Altoona, PA

DSI Civic was recently appointed by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania to co-lead a team to develop and implement a recovery plan for the City of Altoona, PA. The Department of Community and Economic Development named Stevens & Lee (a leading Pennsylvania law firm) to co-lead a team of more than 30 professionals to assist the … Read more...


John Filan was interviewed by The Bond Buyer regarding Mayor Angel Taveras’ budget proposals in Providence, R.I.

John Filan was interviewed on April 30th by The Bond Buyer regarding the Mayor of Providence, R.I., Angel Taveras’ budget proposals to reduce employee pension benefits and begin payments for services by tax exempt colleges and universities.

To read the full Bond Buyer article titled “Providence Confronts a Pension Problem That’s Not So Divine” click Read more...


John Filan was interviewed by the Financial Times’ Debtwire regarding the financial stress in local governments in Pennsylvania

John Filan, Vice President of DSI Civic, was interviewed by the Financial Times Debtwire publication regarding the financial stress that local governments in Pennsylvania are struggling with due to both the recession’s effect on revenues and constraints in state law. This article is a follow-up to DSI Civic’s conference on Financial Stress in Local Governments … Read more...


Steve Victor is pictured in the Washington Business Journal leading a panel at DSI Civic’s “Financial Stress in Governments” conference hosted by the University of Pennsylvania


“Fels Institute of Government and the Penn Institute for Urban Research hosted a conference Jan. 27 at the Wharton, which focused on financial stresses in government. From left, moderator Steve Victor, vice president of DSI Civic, and panelists Bob Lapowsky of Stevens & Lee Griffin and David Skeel of the University of Pennsylvania Law School” … Read more...


Bill Brandt was interviewed by Turnarounds and Wortkouts regarding municipal restructuring in their “Year in Review”

Many professionals with experience with municipalities urged caution, however. Foremost among them was Bill Brandt, who serves as President and CEO of Development Specialists, Inc. and also heads the Illinois Finance Authority, which oversees billions of dollars in loans and investments for businesses, local governments, and nonprofit organizations. “I know it is not going to … Read more...