Hostos Community College

Summer 2016 Newsletter: Hot town, summer in the city | lotsa great work gettin’ done and keepin’ us busy

We hope all of you have been keeping cool this summer. As we get ready to head into an engaging autumn with our clients, we’re excited to share with you an update on some of our work from the past several months. We’d also like to extend our deep appreciation for your continued collaboration – it’s supporting organizations making positive impact that makes us love what we do, and gives us much to look forward to in the weeks and months ahead.

Recently Wrapped Up

Public Works just wrapped up a 15-month engagement helping to launch the 30-plus initiatives of Small Business First—the City of New York’s effort to make it easier for small businesses to thrive and grow. The engagement was a great example of how we work with clients to wrangle complex, multifaceted plans into functioning programs. In addition to developing and monitoring a project management framework with the 15 city agencies involved in these initiatives, Public Works took the lead in implementing several of them. This included designing and opening the City’s first one-stop Small Business Support Center in Jamaica, Queens; conceptualizing and rolling out one-on-one services to help businesses navigate city government; and designing ways to measure the impact of the initiatives, including ways to help adjust service delivery based on what service metrics show.

In the face of breathtaking development and transformation, the Long Island City Partnership engaged Public Works to help them take stock of the opportunities and challenges that neighborhood businesses, residents and arts organizations face. In its first-ever comprehensive neighborhood plan, LICP is focused on identifying ways to ensure this historically mixed-use community maintains its dynamic vibrancy. Public Works partnered with BJH Advisors to analyze the existing real estate market and land uses, survey and interview a range of business and other stakeholders, and develop a set of actionable recommendations for policymakers that LICP is currently reviewing with stakeholders to help accommodate growth in a balanced way

Hostos Community College and Montefiore Medical Center jointly engaged us help them develop opportunities to establish a collaborative approach to building career pathways in healthcare for low-income Bronx residents. We helped the institutions determine how this partnership could facilitate career advancement for training participants, such as through shared recruitment and referrals for follow on training or job placement. We also worked with them to outline the steps needed to effectively plan for and manage the program collaboration. In particular, we placed an emphasis on creating clear outcome goals and action plans for achieving them. We’re excited to see how this new partnership will help both programs accomplish more and better serve community residents. [Read more]

Winter 2016 Newsletter: Exciting Projects | New Staff | We’re Hiring!

Public Works Partners wishes our colleagues and clients a healthy and impactful 2016. We wanted to take a few moments to share with you some of the success we helped deliver for our clients in the latter half of 2015. It’s helped us to succeed, too, as we have continued to grow to help organizations like yours be more effective. We look forward to continuing to help those organizations that help our communities!


Youth workforce partnerships in Philadelphia, Cleveland, Hartford, Indianapolis and Seattle will benefit from $6 million in grants over four years, thanks to a thoughtful RFP that Public Works Partners helped the Annie E. Casey Foundation develop to launch its Generation Work Initiative.

Through research that included a series of youth-centered focus groups that PWP led in eight cities across the country, we helped Cities for Financial Empowerment Fund highlight the ability to advance positive youth development by integrating financial empowerment into summer youth employment programs (SYEP). Now we are working with the CFE Fund to understand youth perceptions and experiences of mainstream financial services to better inform banking access initiatives that target youth and young adults. Through both efforts we are enabling CFE to inform the design of SYEPs around the country.

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A Five-Borough Consulting Practice: A Week in the Life of Public Works Partners

One of the best things about working at Public Works Partners is the diversity of what we do. Every day brings something different—one day we’re working with a large government agency to improve data management systems, and the next we’re helping a non-profit design a new workforce development program. As an added bonus for urban policy buffs, every day can also bring a different borough. With clients in all five boroughs of New York City, we can often be found on the subway preparing for one meeting while in transit to another. One thing is for sure: between the amazing clients we work with, challenging projects we take on, and constant maneuvering around the MTA, our days are never boring!

A Week in the Life


My week started with a no travel day, which provided some much needed time to prepare for the rest of the week. Subway rides would kick into high gear the next day.

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