Waterfront Conference 2023
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Ian Straughter

Karp Strategies
Ian brings over a decade of experience in workforce and community development, project management, stakeholder engagement, and partnership creation to his role as principal at Karp Strategies. During his time at the New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC), Ian cultivated partnerships with key workforce development stakeholders throughout New York City, as the in-house subject matter expert to advance the organization’s mission and goals while also managing and coaching staff on interdepartmental projects related to workforce development. He also supported the implementation of the city’s accelerated internet master plan and the publication of research on the future of workforce development in NYC’s tech sector. Ian also managed day-to-day business development and community outreach activities for the weatherization/home performance program and vocational training center with Greater Bergen Community Action, a non-profit organization based in New Jersey.

As a Principal at Karp Strategies, Ian is committed to increasing access to growing stronger communities and thriving economies. His projects involve developing creative community economic development and stakeholder engagement strategies, while tackling issues related to sustainable industry growth and workforce development policy. Ian is currently supporting an offshore wind developer's workforce and economic development strategy in New York and New Jersey. He also recently led facilitation of a series of partnering sessions for the Jacksonville Transportation Authority to establish dialogue and develop robust working relationships amongst stakeholders critical to the successful design and construction of the Jacksonville Emerald Trail.