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Local Business Engagement with a Purpose – Creating Actionable, Sustainable Development Plans

Last week, our client the Long Island City Partnership released the first phase of the first-ever Long Island City Comprehensive Plan. This report presents findings from a wide-ranging research effort, and recommends strategies for guiding LIC’s development to not only preserve but also capitalize on the neighborhood’s diverse mix of uses. We developed and analyzed core components of the research supporting the report, in particular by engaging local businesses. Through a survey and series of supplemental focus groups and interviews, we supported LICP to understand how businesses currently operate. Our research illuminated the central challenges of a variety of local stakeholders, and shaped LICP’s thinking on how to support the businesses, cultural institutions, and community organizations that make up this changing neighborhood.

licstudyarea-2016-12-01As we reflected on our work with LICP, we got to thinking about planning for change in all New York City neighborhoods – the ever-evolving metropolis where we live and work. We are big believers in the power of collaborative, community processes to create development plans that are actionable, sustainable over time, and make sense for the communities in which they are created. In particular, when it comes to making smart decisions about economic development interventions, the on-the-ground insights of businesses are essential to fostering a vibrant economic ecosystem. For instance, we knew that LIC was a dynamic, thriving community – with rapidly expanding residential units – but we couldn’t be sure its businesses were planning on staying in the area. Our business survey confirmed that 70% of businesses are, and that 87% anticipate growing while they do. We could then delve into their needs through focus groups and conversations to determine which policies will support growth and create a plan tailored for LIC businesses.

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5,000 Jobs Campaign Happy Hour Friday, Dec 19: Enjoy a Free Drink, and Help Residents of Brownsville Get Jobs

Public Works client Community Solutions is working hard to create the 5,000 Jobs Campaign in Brownsville, Brooklyn–a community with a high unemployment rate that lacks workforce development resources. This campaign aims to connect 5,000 Brownsville residents to jobs over the next four years. We’re excited to lend our workforce expertise to this project and encourage you to learn more about the campaign and how your organization can help.

Drop by the campaign’s Holiday Happy Hour this Friday to find out more. Your first drink is on the house!

Flatbush Farm
76 Saint Marks Ave
New York, NY 11217

Friday, December 19, 2014
5:30 – 7:30pm

RSVP to aevans@cmtysolutions.org.


Think Local, Act Local: East Harlem Talent Center Launches New Employer-Driven, Community-Focused Workforce Partnership

On October 6, Public Works Partners was pleased to join our colleagues at the East Harlem Community Alliance and Upper Manhattan Empowerment Zone for the official launch of the new East Harlem Talent Center. The Talent Center brings together public, private, and philanthropic partners with the common goal of helping prepare jobseekers for local employment opportunities and simultaneously providing strategic employment services to help local businesses tap neighborhood talent. Led by STRIVE, Union Settlement Association, and Mount Sinai Health System, the Talent Center will also enhance the community’s rich network of employment and training providers to benefit jobseekers and employers alike, and establish cross-sector connections to strengthen the community’s economic well-being overall.

Public Works is excited to be helping the Talent Center develop a sustainability plan by knitting it into other workforce investments and exploring the potential to develop earned revenue to support ongoing operations.

east harlem talent center launch

The kickoff event was held at STRIVE headquarters in East Harlem, and was hosted by Phil Weinberg, President and CEO of STRIVE, and David Nocenti, Executive Director of Union Settlement Association. Local elected officials joined to give their support to the Talent Center: Congressman Charles Rangel, Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer, Kenneth Knuckels President and CEO of the Upper Manhattan Empowerment Zone, and New York State Assemblyman Robert Rodriguez (pictured above). The event reflected the Talent Center’s “Of East Harlem, By East Harlem, For East Harlem” philosophy, bringing together a diverse set of local stakeholders in support of this groundbreaking collaboration. Congratulations to the entire East Harlem Talent Center Team and its sponsors on this milestone event.

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