the New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) and B Lab announced the launch of Best for NYC
May 10, 2015
Today, the New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) and B Lab announced the launch of Best for NYC, a campaign and set of business tools and services designed to inspire and equip New York City businesses to measure and improve business practices that help create well-paying jobs and improve the quality of life in all five boroughs, while also strengthening their bottom-line. Using B Lab’s Impact Assessment, the leading global tool for measuring, benchmarking, and improving economic and social impact, businesses can assess their practices on issues such as diversity and inclusion, compensation, benefits and governance, and compare their businesses to more than 20,000 others to establish best practices.
Businesses will be able to identify opportunities to improve their competitive position by investing in better practices, and in doing so, improve their workplace and communities. The Best for NYC goals stem from recommendations made in the Career Pathways report created by New York City’s Jobs for New Yorkers Task Force. NYCEDC intends to have at least 500 businesses participate in Best for NYC by the end of 2015, with focused outreach efforts to ensure business participation reflects the diversity of the City’s businesses.
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Mayor Bill de Blasio Releases One New York: The Plan for a Strong and Just City
April 22, 2015
Today, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced the release of "One New York: The Plan for a Strong and Just City," a comprehensive plan for a sustainable and resilient city for all New Yorkers that addresses the profound social, economic, and environmental challenges ahead. One New York includes a plan for New York City to have a workforce equipped with the skills needed to participate in the 21st century economy. The One New York report highlights recommendations from the Career Pathways: One City Working Together report.
One NYC website
One NYC press release
New York City Training and Employment Coalition Hosts 2015 Policy Forum
February 6, 2015
Today, the New York City Employment and Training Coalition (NYCETC) held its 2015 Policy Forum: “Policy, Perspectives and Partnerships.” The forum highlighted the growth and changes in the workforce development community, including the city’s release of Career Pathways: One City Working Together. WKDEV presented its framework and vision for overhauling the city’s workforce system with over 200 workforce organizations and stakeholders. WKDEV also helped facilitate discussions concerning specific pieces of how to implement the Career Pathways vision, very closely aligned to activities and services expected to be provided under the new federal workforce legislation, WIOA. The event was co-hosted by the Workforce Professionals Training Institute (WPTI) and Public Works Partners (PWP).
Dollarwise Summer Youth Campaign
January 23, 2015
Today, the U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM) DollarWise Campaign awarded its annual Summer Youth Campaign (SYC) Grants for financial literacy to five cities, including New York City. The winning cities will use their DollarWise SYC awards to integrate financial education into their local summer youth programs. The Department of Community and Youth Development administers the Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP), the city’s summer youth program. The award was presented to the city at the USCM 83rd Annual Winter Meeting.
WKDEV Executive Director Nominated to board of Workforce Development Council
January 21, 2015
Today, the WKDEV Executive Director, Katy Gaul-Stigge, was nominated to the board of the Workforce Development Council (WDC), an arm of the U.S. Conference of Mayors. The WDC, established in 1977 as the Employment and Training Council, works with mayors' representatives to influence Congress and the U.S. Department of Labor in directing more employment and training funds to cities, to identify key issues in workforce development that affect cities, and to assure that the role of cities is paramount in all workforce development activities. The election took place during the U.S. Conference of Mayor’s 83rd Annual meeting in Washington, D.C.
Summer Youth Employment Program Report Findings
January 5, 2015
Today, the Wharton School of Business, in partnership with the University of California at Berkeley and the U.S. Department of the Treasury, published a report detailing key positive impacts the Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP) has on the city’s young people. The study showed that SYEP helps to reduce crime and has positive health outcomes, however it did not reveal positive employment or college enrollment outcomes. SYEP runs from July to August each year and provides young people (selected through a lottery), ages 14-24 years old, valuable exposure to work. This report will be discussed at the March 19th WIB Quarterly Meeting.
More information about SYEP