Creating Online Community Public participation in community initiatives and programs is essential for coming to well-informed, thoughtful decisions with broad support from community members. Good community engagement depends on a range of outreach efforts, from face-to-face meetings with interest groups to open houses and public forums, all of which are designed to inspire trust and a sense of ownership among stakeholders. So what should planners, government agencies, and other groups working on public projects do when group gatherings are impossible? One response is to create virtual ways of engaging. Public Works has created a guide to the strategies and tools that are needed.

 

Meet our Newest Team Member: Bebe! We’re excited to welcome Bebe LeGardeur to Public Works as our newest Analyst. Bebe is a skilled storyteller with a love for urban policy and development. Read more about Bebe’s road to Public Works and what she likes to do in her free time! Help us welcome Bebe to the Public Works community.

 

Adjusting to Our New Normal: Tricks for #WFH In an effort to flatten the curve, businesses and organizations around the world have moved toward remote work operations for the foreseeable future. Switching from an office workplace to a work-from-home setting can be tricky to navigate. Maintaining productivity during this self-isolation period is possible with a few best practices. Click here for some helpful tips on how our team stays focused while working from home.

 

Resources for Nonprofits: COVID-19 has rapidly upended routines and workflows across the board. This is especially true for the nonprofits that provide essential services to New Yorkers in need. Balancing safety precautions with the need to continue providing services at a time when they are needed most is a difficult task. We’ve summarized some helpful information to help our nonprofit colleagues navigate these trying times.

 

We have a new phone system! Call any Public Works team member at our same phone number: 347-619-2892, and we each have an extension. Also, please note our temporary mailing address: Public Works Partners c/o Celeste Frye 1423 Shippan Ave, Stamford CT 06902

 

One More Thing: Census 2020 The 2020 Census is here! The Census can be completed online using the code sent to home addresses across the country. Completing the Census takes under 10 minutes and is mandated by law. The results from the 2020 Census will shape our government and influence policymaking and planning for the next ten years. An inaccurate count could lead to a significant loss in funding for state and local municipalities and result in unequal political representation. For more information on how to take the 2020 Census, its impact, and ways to get involved, check out our blog post.
Over half the Public Works staff has already filled theirs out!

 

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