Seedco helps agencies achieve optimal outcomes
Seedco has impact in agencies across the federal government, helping them operate with greater predictability and less risk, build efficiency and transparency, and achieve far-reaching outcomes. Our organization has deep experience operating large-scale programs in workforce development, benefits access, and small business support. This “practitioner’s perspective” is highly valued by our consulting and technical assistance clients.
Recent projects with federal agencies include:
- In 2010, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development contracted with Seedco to develop and manage the Women in Building Trades Initiative: Building Analyst Training Pilot Program in Louisville, KY. Through this pilot program, approximately 30 low- to middle-income women in the Louisville area were trained and certified as Building Performance Institute (BPI)-certified Building Analysts. This unique opportunity provided women – both those with and without a background in building science – with the knowledge and experience to prepare them for careers in the field of weatherization.Seedco also worked with local organizations to provide a comprehensive set of supportive services to manage barriers –such as access to transportation – to completing the training and maintaining employment. After the training, Seedco collaborated with weatherization providers and local workforce development agencies to support the newly certified women as they sought employment in the field.
- In 2005, based on Seedco’s success in operating a unique faith-based and community organization (FBCO) network model in New York City, the U.S. Department of Labor invited Seedco to carry out a national training and technical assistance initiative, called Project Reach Out. Project Reach Out strengthened the capacity of five Workforce Investment Boards and One-Stop career center operators across the country by creating formal relationships with local FBCOs.As part of Project Reach Out, Seedco spent 18 months providing intensive technical assistance to the five Workforce Investment Boards, assisting them in developing formal FBCO referral networks that could eventually evolve into financial relationships with proven FBCO providers.The Project Reach Out Guide and toolkit:
- Captures lessons learned from Seedco’s work with the five Workforce Investment Boards;
- Documents the success of our network model in New York City; and
- Provides guidance and tools for Workforce Investment Boards and One-Stop operators nationally interested in developing formal FBCO partnerships.