Your goals are simple: how can we build thriving communities while managing fiduciary constraints and competing locally and federally priorities. Every major city in America today struggles with developing viable and attractive communities where people want to live and work. Commercial enterprises need reliable, job-ready, professional and skilled-trade workers to build and maintain the infrastructure. Government and community entities need to prepare, educate, train, and upskill residents to successfully meet that demand. Each stakeholder group comes to the table with long lists of concerns, and a closer look at the issues highlights some of the interdependencies for overall project success and jobs creation.
ICF knows a thriving community requires programs that provide training and support to build skills and assist people in finding jobs which is critical to achieve economic stability. Communities need jobs in order to thrive and grow. We help organizations administer programs that bring economic transformation to families and neighborhoods with a focus on:
Building economic transformation is key to creating inclusive economies. For businesses to be successful, they must work within an infrastructure that supports their growth. ICF designs grant programs and other initiatives to deliver services such as broadband and affordable housing and assist clients with program financing, implementation, and monitoring. We provide support in policy development and program design and deliver technical assistance and training on how to use federal programs. Sagamore Development Company has entrusted ICF to design the workforce strategy for the massive, commercial redevelopment of Port Covington in Baltimore City. From labor market projections and asset mapping, to connecting employers with workers and aligning training to employer needs, ICF delivers strategies to build and sustain support for economic development projects.
With specialists in areas such as real estate finance, workforce planning and policy, and environmental compliance, ICF is a one-stop resource. ICF adds years of supporting diverse clients and their partners—state agencies, municipalities, labor unions, independent contractors, community colleges, workforce development boards, and grassroots initiatives in economic development.