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February 2021 Newsletter: Scooting toward more equitable mobility

By Public Works Partners

February 9, 2021

NYC DOT’s new scooter program coming to a corner near you.
Lime scooters in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Photo by Ralph (Ravi) Kayden on Unsplash.

We’re getting excited about the DOT’s new e-scooter program, which is set to launch in March. The program could bring a needed alternative mode of transportation to parts of New York with limited access to subways, buses, and Citi Bikes, a. With little information available on details of the program, we turned to Chicago, which wrapped up their second summer pilot program last September, to see how they managed this sometimes controversial form of micro-mobility. From safety precautions to ensuring an equitable distribution of the scooters, there are many factors that the DOT and its partners will have to get right to ensure a successful rollout.

Read more about e-scooters.



Women belong in all places where decisions are being made.

Take Office logoWe are excited to kick off a new project with Take Office, a new nonprofit education program founded by Jeri Powell to accelerate pathways to careers in public service for women. Take Office creates nonpartisan professional training opportunities for women interested in preparing for leadership positions in public policy and politics, including running for public office. To support Take Office as it starts up, Public Works will draw on our Organizational Health practice to assess the success of the program’s initial cohorts. Our engagement will position Take Office to rapidly refine its program and to consistently provide programming that is effective and meaningful to participants.

Learn more about Take Office.


What We’re Doing:
Meet our newest team members, Joel and Emily!

Joel and EmilyLast month Public Works Partners welcomed two fresh faces: Joel Hochman and Emily Pfeiffer. Joel brings a wealth of experience from his work with legal aid organizations, nonprofit technical assistance providers, and public sector agencies to the Client Services team, where he will support our clients’ infrastructure, workforce, and economic development planning needs as our newest Manager. Emily will support the Business Development team as a project coordinator, drawing on her experience in digital marketing and social media management. Help us welcome them to the team!

Read about Joel and Emily


We’re Philly Certified
City of Philadelphia
Image via Unsplash

We’re proud that we are now a certified WBE with the City of Philadelphia, the sixth-largest city in the country. We’re excited to add this badge to our existing WBE, DBE, and SBE certifications with the City and State of New York, State of New Jersey, Port Authority of NY/NJ, the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council, and the U.S. Department of Transportation. And we’re even more excited to be able to contribute our expertise in organizational and community health to projects across the Philadelphia area. For more information about our certifications, or to inquire about teaming and partnerships, contact

See all our certifications


One more thing!

pie chart showing cooks vs. bakers at Public WorksAre you more of a cooped-up cook or a bored baker? See how you line up with Public Works team members and get some inspiration from what we’ve been whipping up while at home.

Read What Public Works Partners are cooking


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