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Presentation at the Social Innovation Fund with the Center for Economic Opportunity

Center for Economic Opportunity CEO and the Mayor's Fund to Advance NYC manage a federal Social Innovation Fund grant to support replication of CEO's most promising programs in New York City and seven other urban areas around the country.  On June 10,  Executive Director Katy Gaul-Stigge, joined Deputy Mayor Richard Buery, Steve Lee from Robin Hood, and John Martinez from MDRC to speak on how to move projects to scale.  The panel “Reducing Poverty: Turning Demonstrations into Solutions at Scale”  drew on experience scaling up successful programs throughout workforce development, education, and social assistance.  The conversation focused on the infrastructure and supports that are needed for successful collaboration and expansion.  The audience included SIF grantees from Tulsa, OK and San Antonio, TX as well as many from New York City.


Tech Talent Pipeline

In May 2014, Mayor de Blasio launched the Tech Talent Pipeline, a collaboration between businesses, community groups, training providers, and government designed to grow the tech sector in NYC and ensure that all New Yorkers have a fair and equal chance at these living wage jobs. Building on existing relationship with CUNY, the Department of Education, and the Department of Small Business Services, the Tech Talent Pipeline was founded with a $10 million, 3 year commitment for city, state, federal, and private partners.  The funding will be used to recruit and train New Yorkers; design new curricula to meet employer needs; and engage employers in building the talent pipeline. This collaboration is supported by several philanthropic partners, including JP Morgan Chase, the inaugural funder, and the NY Community Trust and the NYC Workforce Funders. 

For more information about the Mayor’s vision for the tech industry, click here 

To apply for/For information about the position of Founding Director of the Tech Talent Pipeline, click here


Mayor’s Announces Jobs for New Yorker’s Task Force Members
May 20, 2014
Today at the Brooklyn Army Terminal Mayor de Blasio announced the members of the Jobs for New Yorkers Task Force. These members represent the supply and demand side of the workforce: educators, non-profits, advocates, labor leaders, key philanthropists; and employers from across the five boroughs in manufacturing, financial services, media, hospitality, healthcare, retail, food service and the tech ecosystem. The task force will also include the Commissioners and leaderships from multiple city agencies and staffed by the Mayor's Office of Workforce Development. Learn more about the Jobs for New Yorker's Task Force (J4NY) on our fact sheet below.
Download the fact sheet (in PDF)
Read the press release

Mayor’s Office of Workforce Development Launched

May 1, 2014
Today marks the first day of the Mayor’s Office of Workforce Development, which replaces the former NYC Office of Human Capital Development. Deputy Mayor Alicia Glen first shared news of this transition at a speech before the Association for a Better New York
Read Deputy Mayor Glen’s speech (in PDF)
Read the announcement (in PDF)
Check out the history and evolution which led to the office


Philanthropy New York Convenes Panel Discussion on Changes to the High School Equivalency Diploma in New York State, Featuring OHCD Executive Director Michelle Light

April 24, 2014
Philanthropy New York, the NYC Workforce Funders and the NYC Youth Funders today hosted a forum focused on the future of education for New Yorkers without high school diplomas. As of January 2014, a new test is now administered in New York State to replace the GED® and help New Yorkers receive their high school equivalency diploma. The panel featured OHCD Executive Director Michelle Light, New York State Education Department Deputy Commissioner Kevin Smith, and several nonprofit providers to discuss areas of emerging concern and how the philanthropic community can help address in partnership with the public sector.
Learn more about the issue
See the event agenda (in PDF)
Check out Michelle’s presentation (in PDF)


OHCD and NYC Workforce Funders Release New Chart on Public and Private Giving from 2000-2013

April 16, 2014
OHCD and the NYC Workforce Funders today updated and published a graphic chart showing the trend of public Workforce Investment Act (WIA) dollars over the last decade matched against the trend of private philanthropic dollars invested in the City’s workforce system.  While WIA funds have decreased from $125.6 million in 2000 to $62.8 million in 2013, foundations have collectively increased their annual private giving for direct and intermediary services as well as capacity building from $18.4 million in 2004 to $64.7 million in 2013.
See the graphic chart (in PDF)


Mayor de Blasio Marks First 100 Days in Office

April 10, 2014
Mayor de Blasio delivered a speech where he noted the progress of his administration since he took office. OHCD Executive Director Michelle Light celebrated this milestone, along with many City and State officials at Cooper Union in Manhattan.
Read the Mayor’s speech


Deputy Mayor Glen Gives Speech at Association for a Better New York and Announces Transition of OHCD to Newly-Renamed Office of Workforce Development

April 2, 2014
Deputy Mayor Glen addressed a packed crowd at the Association for a Better New York, highlighting the important work that has been done and that still remains for our workforce system to createmore nimble and responsive workforce training and forge real pipelines to our fastest-growing, good-paying employers.”  As part of her speech, she announced that OHCD will be transitioning in the month of April, and effective as of May 1, 2014, it will become the newly-renamed Office of Workforce Development.
Read Deputy Mayor Glen’s speech (in PDF)
Read the announcement (in PDF)

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