We are pleased to say that Public Works Partners is now certified as a DBE (Disadvantaged Business Enterprise) by the US D.O.T!

With this new certification, we can now help Engineering and Urban Planning firms fulfill their DBE goals for a variety of federally-funded projects to improve the vitality of our city, state, and region. Click here to learn more about our recent planning projects.

Thanks again to The Port Authority of NY & NJ, who certified us on behalf of the New Jersey and New York State Unified Certification Program. Let us know if your organization needs a DBE partner—we’d be happy to collaborate.

On a related note, we’re excited about a new law that expands opportunities for the City’s M/WBEs.
This new law increases the City’s discretionary spending limit to $150,000 on contracts with M/WBEs, which is a huge jump from the previous cap of $20,000.  This means City agencies can select M/WBEs for projects worth up to $150,000 without going through a time-intensive bidding process, positioning minority and women-owned companies to be more competitive in securing City contracts that directly contribute to the growth of their businesses. City agencies also benefit from this legislation because, with the increase in the discretionary spending limit, agencies can retain qualified providers through a shorter, easier process. They can consider M/WBE businesses and their history with labor compliance when procuring contractors without going through hefty paperwork.

Sponsored by State Senator Marisol Alcántara and Assembly Member Alicia Hyndman, this legislation will increase opportunities for both City agencies and MWBEs like ours.

Meet our new Analysts.
We’re excited to welcome two additions to our team:

Matthew joins us from California, where he worked as a Behavior Coach for Alum Rock Unified School District in San Jose. He also worked with the MIT Community Innovations Lab and in NYC government, researching and developing a variety of policy-driven programs. We are confident that his qualitative and quantitative background will help clients achieve their goals.
Current projects: Service integration for a child welfare agency
Outside of work:  You can find Matthew volunteering with homeless services around NYC.
Mary Kathryn joins us with extensive public engagement experience with the Center for Urban Pedagogy and the NYC Department of City Planning. With a background in design-thinking and strategic planning, Mary Kathryn will help our clients create accessible tools and processes for their program recipients.
Current projects: Intervine Program Design & Implementation, Lincoln Center Education Scholars Evaluation
Outside of work:  Mary Kathryn might be in a meeting for the Design Futures Student Leadership forum addressing designing for equity.

With their passion for social sector issues, they are ready to dive into the work we all love to do. Send them a note and say hello!

What We’re Reading

Allison: This article introduces No Label: Brownsville, a new WNYC podcast series profiling the neighborhood – and in particular, its often under-reported positive aspects – from the perspective of the people who live there.

Jiwon: Behavioral design nonprofit Ideas42 partnered with New York City to work on an 18-month initiative to keep people out of jail by redesigning summons more understandably, reports Fast Company.

Mary Kathryn: This recap by the American Society of Landscape Architects of the National Endowment for the Arts and Surdna Foundation‘s Designing Equity forum, discussing the benefits of designing the planning process rather than the outcome.

Sam: A New York Times piece profiling a Chicago woman’s experiences in public housing, and context surrounding the broader state of publicly assisted housing in the United States.