Let’s Talk Reconstructing the Parks Department’s Capital Process

Join our CEO Celeste Frye at the Open Space Dialogues panel series on September 12th at New York Law School. Celeste, along with Jennifer Godenzo of the Participatory Budgeting Project, will be a respondent on the panel discussion about NYC Parks’ improvements to their capital planning operations. The panel will feature representatives from NYC Parks, the Prospect Park Alliance, and citywide parks leaders. Back in 2014, we authored a report on behalf of New Yorkers for Parks that surveyed the capital project management practices at NYC Parks and other City agencies that conduct capital work. Findings from our report identified best practices to help NYC Parks increase the efficiency, timeliness, and cost effectiveness of its capital projects.

Presented by New Yorkers for Parks and the New York Law School, the Open Space Dialogues series convenes civic leaders to address significant topics related to open spaces in New York City. Click here to RSVP for this can’t miss event!


Reporting for Next City Vanguard Conference: Earlier this summer, Senior Manager Moe Magali spent three days immersed in the Next City Vanguard Conference, an experiential gathering of rising leaders working to improve cities across sectors. Held in Newark, NJ, the conference convened 40 leaders from the New York Metropolitan Area to learn about Newark’s history and discuss the challenges the city faces. Click here to meet the 40 Next City Newark Vanguards.



Summer Staff Outing: This month our team laced up our rain boots and headed north to spend a day in the South Bronx for our annual summer outing. We kicked off the day at the Bronx Music Heritage Center, a music laboratory founded by the Women’s Housing and Economic Development Corporation to promote Bronx music and cultivate Bronx artists. At BMHC, our team discussed our values and our plans for the rest of 2019. After our team huddle, we braved the rain to tour the neighborhoods Charlotte Gardens and Morrisania to learn about their rich and complex history. We marveled at iconic sites where influential Latin, jazz, and rap musicians lived and worked. Check out City Lore Folklorist Elena Martinez’s Morrisania Legacy Tour – we highly recommend it!



Training Alert: Performance Management & Measurement – September 26: There is still room at our interactive workshop on strategies for designing and implementing performance indicators to measure program outcomes. Learn our recipe for success. The session is on Thursday, September 26th, from 9:30 am – 4:30 pm. Interested? Click here to register.

Learn with Us: Nonprofit Health Assessment Webinar – October 3: Curious about how you can assess a nonprofit’s health? We are hosting a webinar on Thursday, October 3rd, from 11:00 am to 12:00 pm to discuss our online tool that offers an affordable and comprehensive current state analysis for nonprofits. We also share the mechanics of how it works, past success stories, and answer any questions you may have.  Want to learn more? Reach out to Business Development Lead Moe Magali for additional details.

Save the Date: NYCETC 2019 Conference, Designing a System for the Future of Workers – September 23: We’re excited to sponsor the NYC Employment & Training Coalition’s annual fall conference. We look forward to catching up with our workforce colleagues and discussing how to improve policies and services to strengthen 21st century workforce. Click here to register, and make sure to say hello!


Room to Breathe
ICYMI.  We recently made a few updates to our company headquarters in New York City.  Take a peek at some of our office improvements on our Instagram account @PublicWorksIQ.


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