EducationWorks, a nonprofit provider of workforce development programming for young adults, has received a $503,000 grant from the Lenfest Foundation.

The grant will support PowerCorpsPHL, a city of Philadelphia AmeriCorps program operated in partnership with EducationWorks. The program supports the city’s environmental and sustainability initiatives through workforce development and career training for people between the ages of 18 and 26.

The grant will specifically support the launch of an enhanced program model that will deepen employer partnerships and lengthen the career support available to participants. With the additional funding, PowerCorpsPHL aims to better prepare participants for a wider range of job and career opportunities.

Program participants will be able to pursue advanced education and training in one or more of areas that include green infrastructure, skilled trades, community outreach and leadership development.

PowerCorpsPHL is one of several city workforce development initiatives by Mayor Jim Kenney’s administration.

CEO steps down at regional branch of United Way

Jim Cawley, CEO of United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey, has resigned in order to take a senior leadership position at Temple University.

The effective date of Cawley’s resignation has not been established, as he will be working to ensure a smooth transition with interim president and CEO Mike DiCandilo, who will lead the regional branch until a replacement is appointed through a national search.

Cawley became took the reins at UWGPSNJ in February 2015, after serving as the 32nd lieutenant governor of Pennsylvania.

His departure coincides with the transition of United Way’s long-range planning work into the implementation phase.

Board members Mindy Holman and John Salveson will lead a panel in conducting a search for his replacement.

Business women’s group to honor Emily Bittenbender

The National Association of Women Business Owners’ Philadelphia Center for Advancing Entrepreneurs will host its second annual gala at 6 p.m. Sept. 28 inside The Comcast Center, 1701 John F. Kennedy Blvd.

During the event, Emily Bittenbender, managing partner of Bittenbender Construction will receive the Innovators Award, which honors a leader in the Philadelphia area for dedication to advancing entrepreneurs and the community. The gala also raises money to support programs for entrepreneurs in the region.

The organization provides emerging and established entrepreneurs with opportunities to grow their businesses through its programs and other resources.

Local firm makes list of fastest-growing companies

Philadelphia-based Jornaya made the list of Inc. magazine’s annual “Inc. 5000,” which notes the fastest-growing small and mis-sized private companies in the United States.

Jornaya in Ambler, Pa., provides marketing data on consumer buying habits.

This year’s 5,000 companies were unveiled online at Inc.com and the top 500 will be featured in the September issue of Inc. The average company on the list achieved a three-year average growth of 481 percent and the companies collectively generated 619,500 jobs over the past three years.

The annual Inc. 5000 event honoring all the companies on the list will be held from Oct. 10 to 12 at the JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort & Spa in Palm Desert, Calif.

— Compiled by Ayana Jones

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