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June 2023 Newsletter: Hey, West Coast Civic Leaders, We’re Here to Help!

By Ava Lopez

June 29, 2023



We’re Bringing Our Strategy for Good to the West Coast

Public Works Partners is expanding its reach with the opening of our new California office in the historic Playhouse District in Pasadena. This exciting milestone builds on our work with West Coast clients, such as the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation and the City of Portland, Oregon, in addition to the hiring of Community Health Principal Melissa Lee. CEO Celeste Frye and the Public Works team look forward to bringing our transformative urban planning and management consulting solutions to build strong communities and organizations up and down the West Coast. Click here to read more about our expansion to Pasadena.



The Fed Reserve Released a New Report Highlighting Worker Voices

The Fed Communities released “Worker Voices: Shifting Perspectives and Expectations on Employment,” a collaborative research report by the Federal Reserve. The report aimed to better understand workers’ perspectives and how they can help inform workforce policies going forward. Public Works Partners collaborated with the Federal Reserve Banks of Philadelphia and Atlanta to facilitate conversations with workers across the United States. The goal was to capture their insights and challenges in navigating the labor market during the height of the pandemic. Through our conversations, we learned that the tight labor market has not benefited all workers equally. Workers also now have enhanced expectations of job quality, and they are actively reinventing themselves through skill development and self-investment to change their economic opportunities. Dive into the report’s findings here.


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Warming Up Our New Office: Drinks, Friends, Music, and Fun

We were delighted to open our new office to our friends and colleagues in celebration of our growth and recent brand refresh. FUN is one of our core values, and sometimes we just close our laptops to connect with colleagues over drinks, food, and house music. A big thank you to Catherine Louise Schubert for catering, to our photographer Anais Conde for capturing the memories, and to Gant Johnson for supplying us with great music all night long. Check out our social media to see more photos! @WeArePublicWrks


Public Works is Heading to Toronto
Melissa Lee, a member of the Urban Land Institute’s Resilient Land Use Cohort, is in Toronto for the ULI’s 2023 Resilience Summit and Spring Meeting. As part of the Resilient Land Use Cohort, Melissa and her peers inspire implementable action towards climate adaptation and resilience in cities across the country and share best practices with the broader ULI community. Over the past decade, Melissa has been involved with ULI Louisiana and Sankofa Community Development Corporation to identify catalytic opportunities that can enhance resilience and equitable community development in New Orleans’ Lower Ninth Ward. For the 2023 Resilience Summit, Melissa and her cohort are sharing their experiences from their on-the-ground work in local communities that have experienced the effects of climate change and the strategies that build resilience with attendees.
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Why #WeArePublicWorks
It’s an exciting time to be part of the Public Works team. We recently refreshed our brand to better align it with who we are today, redefine our values, and dig in on our current areas of work and expertise. Curious? Let our teammates tell you why #WeArePublicWorks
Join us for OSW Drinks on May 23rd
We’re excited to co-host the next NYC Offshore Wind Drinks at Pig Beach in Astoria. Join us for a night of networking and fun on May 23rd, 6-9pm. Reserve your spot here

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