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Public Works Partners is a respected expert in the design, implementation, and evaluation of high-impact workforce development programs. We partner with school districts, nonprofit organizations, and industry leaders to design workforce programs that align with employer needs and create sustainable living wage jobs that support thriving communities.

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Workforce needs and labor trends are ever evolving, requiring government agencies, workforce development organizations, training and education institutions, employers, and industry leaders to design new and innovative solutions to prepare workers for future jobs.

Building a skilled workforce has always required collaboration across stakeholders to ensure that workers have access to good jobs and opportunities for career growth. This is the approach we take at Public Works.

Leveraging years of collective experience designing, operating, and evaluating workforce development programs as City officials and consultants, our team has the tools needed to deliver impact to the communities our clients serve. We work with organizations to design and evaluate workforce programs, provide technical assistance and training to staff, and create new protocols and systems in order to improve program and participant outcomes.

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Our Impact

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Worked with the Federal Reserve of Philadelphia to launch the Worker Voice Project, a first-of-its-kind opportunity for the Federal Reserve to hear directly from workers about their experience throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. As part of this work, we facilitated and synthesized findings from 20 virtual focus groups with 175 total participants from 33 states.

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Performed labor market research and held expert interviews with employers, funders, and service providers to help the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation expand its successful Hospitality Workforce Development program. Public Works provided recommendations for target markets, priority occupations and career pathways, and strategies for employer engagement to increase the Foundation’s impact in line with strategic priorities.

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Evaluated the Roundabout Theatre Company’s Theatrical Workforce Development Program, assessing the program’s success according to four success performance indicators: work readiness, employment, organizational capacity, and diversity. The final report highlighted the program’s success in preparing fellows with the necessary technical and soft skills needed to navigate the technical theater industry and identified risks to the program model around diversity in the industry and building more robust alumni support.

Celeste Frye, AICP

Founder & CEO

Allison Quigney


Daniel McCombie, AICP

Senior Manager

Mario Gutierrez

Senior Manager

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