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October 2022 Newsletter: Open role for Principal of urban planning!

By Ava Lopez

October 7, 2022

Big news for our urban planning practice

The latest news in Public Works Partners’ growth is out: we’ve begun our search for a Principal to lead our Urban Planning practice! We are absolutely delighted about the growth our team has seen this past year and are proud to enter this final quarter on a high note. We’re looking for someone who shares our vision of how urban planning can strengthen our communities and is eager to tackle big urban challenges. An ideal candidate will have experience in building consensus across diverse communities and advancing equity for all. We are committed to equity and a team that reflects the communities with which we work. Does this sound like you or someone you know? Then connect with us on our website and apply today!

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What we’re doing: Flexing our workforce development expertise 

Celeste Frye serves as subject matter advisor on workforce development

CEO Celeste Frye, AICP, has been tapped to serve as a subject matter advisor on workforce development for the Future of Workers Task Force. The Task Force, which was formed by Mayor Adams to design viable policies so that New Yorkers to enter and grow in family-sustaining jobs, stems from an $18.6 million grant from the U.S. Economic Development Administration. Celeste joins workforce and education leaders, employers, agency representatives, and policymakers working together to develop a robust workforce system for New York City


Celebrating workforce and economic development at NYATEP 2022

Celeste FryeAurelia Aceves Hogan, and Bebe LeGardeur headed up to Niagara Falls earlier this month for the 2022 NYATEP Conference, an inspiring gathering of workforce and economic development changemakers. On the first day of the conference, Celeste and Aurelia joined forces with Jonathan Gibralter, President of Wells College, and Lance Young, Executive Vice President and General Manager of del Lago Resort and Casino, to discuss an innovative partnership that could be a game changing model for regional workforce development. While at the conference, the group also heard from elected officials, celebrated the accomplishments of leading actors and organizations across the state, and had a chance to head over to the falls for some sightseeing. Hats off to NYATEP and NYSEDC for a fantastic conference!


Answers for post-disaster small business support
Image by Mike Petrucci, via Unsplash

Senior Manager Benjamin Martinez Newman has not only supported New York City’s thriving business ecosystem, but has also spearheaded the build-out of business resiliency programming after Hurricane Sandy. In a recent post on the Public Works IQ, Benjamin provides timely insight into how we can better support small businesses following a disaster. Often, in the aftermath of a disaster, unique opportunities present themselves. The trick is maintaining the momentum for these innovations in the long term. When planning small business support for disasters, such as a pandemic or a hurricane, it’s important to consider the post-disaster transition so that businesses and communities can continue to recover and be better prepared for when disaster strikes again. Benjamin lays out key tips and tricks in Pandemic Innovation: Lessons Learned for Small Business Support.

Time to pumpkin-spice-up the fall with these events

High Line Network Symposium, October 12 – 14: Allison Quigney and Joel Hochman are heading to Miami (yes, we’re jealous), for the High Line Network’s Annual Symposium. The conference will focus on how applications of technology can improve infrastructure reuse and create more vibrant spaces for our communities.

2022 NYCETC Conference – Advancing Talent & Equity for a Thriving Economy, October 13: Look for CEO Celeste Frye, Allison Quigney, and Moe Magali, and others from our team, at  NYC’s premiere workforce and economic development event at the CUNY Graduate Center, the NYCETC Conference. We’re also proud sponsors!

Government Procurement Conference, October 13: Benjamin Martinez Newman and Hafida Rasool will join other changemakers working to advance NYC’s equitable economic recovery at the City and State Government Procurement Conference.

Offshore WINDPOWER Conference & Exhibition, October 17 – 19: As environmental sustainability nerds, we are so excited for CEO Celeste Frye to attend the Offshore WINDPOWER Conference and Exhibition hosted by American Clean Power.

Newtown Creek Tidal Toast, October 20: On October 20, Moe Magali (a board member) will celebrate Newtown Creek Alliance’s 20-year anniversary. Cheers to two decades of revitalization and ecological improvements!

Center for an Urban Future Gala, October 26: CEO Celeste Frye, Allison Quigney, and Moe Magali will honor those who have promoted equitable economic growth in NYC at the Center for an Urban Future Gala.

APA Urban Design & Preservation Division Webinar, November 4: Is it obvious that we love placemaking? CEO Celeste Frye is presenting at an APA Urban Design & Preservation Division webinar this November 4th, 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM, on The Rise of Urban Placemaking: Shaping Public Spaces through Collaboration.


One more thing

What we get up to in our free time

Most people spend their free-time doing one of three things: reading, watching youtube videos, movies, or tv, or listening to music or a podcast. We want to pull back the curtain and let you in on the books, movies, podcasts, albums, and even ballet performances that our team members are enjoying. Check it out on the Public Works IQ!




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