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February 2017 Newsletter: What We’re Reading and What We’re Up To

What We’re Reading

Doneliza Joaquin

About a high-school program that intersects mathematics, data analysis, mapmaking, and understanding of the urban landscape currently on exhibit at Cooper Hewitt for its use of inclusive community design.



Julia Deutsch

The Furman Center’s straightforward economic analysis of the latest reform proposal for the 421-a Program, focusing on how new wage requirements could impact city tax payers and developers alike.



Moe Magali

The business case for companies to invest in re-skilling their workforce, with or without incentives from the public sector, and clearly communicating the purpose of new training to get the best results out of employees and for business interests.



Diana Petty

A match-making app that connects M/WBE businesses with City and State business opportunities.




What We’re Up To:

We love that our work takes us across all five boroughs. We travel from our Manhattan office to the Bronx to support Lincoln Center Education as they increase their programming in Community School District 7 and think about how to most effectively meet the needs of parents, teachers, and students. We’re also in Queens on a team led by HR&A working with the Queens Borough President’s Office and Queens Chamber of Commerce on the Jamaica Downtown Revitalization Initiative, helping the local planning committee identify workforce projects that will best fit future growth in the area. In Brooklyn, we’re in our third year providing technical assistance and performance management support for the Change Capital Fund grantees, including Cypress Hills Local Development Corporation, St. Nicks Alliance, Bronx-based New Settlement and Stronger Together, to track common outcomes and understand effective strategies for collectively combating povertyThen, we hop the ferry to get to the Staten Island Economic Development Corporation where we’re working to understand the needs of small industrial businesses and design a program model to connect local residents to training and job opportunities ahead. And, touching all boroughs plus other parts of New York and New Jersey, we’re supporting Goodwill to develop a strategic plan that will harness the organization’s strengths to focus on its core mission.

Next month, we hit the road to NYATEP’s Youth Academy. We’ll be facilitating a practice building workshop on how to use design thinking to address youth workforce challenges. We’ll ground participants in how to integrate design thinking principles into program development, and provide hands-on opportunities to practice this for your work!

New Year, New Status: Public Works is a certified WBE

We’re excited to announce that Public Works Partners is now a certified Woman-owned Business Enterprise (WBE).

Why are we excited? Because we’re taking this opportunity to build new partnerships that increase impact. Our dedicated team of consultants, led by Celeste Frye as CEO and with strategic advising from co-founders Scott Zucker and Mark Foggin, is continuing to design solutions that enhance organizational performance and enable leaders to realize their visions. We’re also expanding our focus on community development, design, and engagement to serve engineering and planning firms in creating actionable, sustainable plans. We’re looking forward to applying our hands-on experience with partners old and new to drive transformative change in the nonprofit, public, and private sectors.

What’s happening in the near term: we want to collaborate. We welcome the opportunity to discuss how we might work with your organization.

Special thanks to the dedicated staff at the NYC Department of Small Business Services who supported us through the certification process.

To kick off 2017, we focused on strategic planning:

pic1Earlier this month, we had an energizing experience at New York Nonprofit Media’s first annual Nonprofit BoardCon. The event brought together board members and senior leaders from New York City nonprofits to discuss strategies for collaboration. Celeste Frye participated on a panel with Orr Associates,, and the Thrive Network to explore how strategic planning can build dynamic partnerships between board and staff, leading to more effective visioning and approaches for making vision a reality.

We’ve got a post on the blog about our strategy for creating collaborative, actionable and measurable strategic plans. Spoiler alert: we emphasize functionality so that, once you’ve dreamed big, your goals can be implemented instead of collecting dust on the shelf.

It’s also been our pleasure to put this thinking to use supporting Goodwill of NY/NJ to develop a strategic plan that will harness the organization’s strengths to focus on its core mission.

To close the month, we’ll be joining friends and colleagues across the workforce development community for the NYCETC Policy Forum.

Displaying Our team members will be facilitating interactive strategy sessions to discuss opportunities and ways to collaborate that drive innovation and better coordinated service delivery.

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