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lay the groundwork (for something)

To create or prepare the basics or essential foundation (for something); to pave the way (for something). Our success with this healthcare bill wouldn't be possible, had the previous administration not laid the groundwork already. As CEO of the company, I laid the groundwork for one of the most successful international firms in the country.
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To encourage the production of great coffee and the growth of the number of certified farms, Groundwork has also introduced a Quality Award of USD $1 per pound to a farmer who produces a truly exceptional micro-lot.
Saturday Sunday 10am " Iain Watson, director of TWAM, said: "We are excited about sharing our expertise in collections care and interpretation in order to support Groundwork to ensure a successful future for the museum.
Groundwork will be holding a series of celebratory events, which it will announce during the coming weeks.
Current companies active with Groundwork Labs include Greenshoot (cloud-based recovery), HealthyBytes (nutrition software), AnyCloud (consumer content aggregator), EyeScribes (automated clinical documentation) and Cellbreaker (cell phone contracts tool).
Lorna Crawshaw, Employment Manager at Groundwork North Wales, said: "The Jobs Growth Wales programme has been transforming the lives of young people, delivering the skills and confidence they need to secure employment.
But through its experience in doing this sort of work the organisation acquired a wider focus, including things such as community empowerment and skills, as Groundwork Wales executive director Ian Mcintosh explained.
Groundwork helps people across Wales create better neighbourhoods, build skills and job prospects and live and work in a greener way for the future.
With respect to method, Frederick Rauscher employs an unusual but fruitful approach in 'Freedom and Reason in Groundwork III' (Chapter 11), analyzing Section III in reverse--moving from end to beginning--in order to ascertain what Kant aims to accomplish, how he attempts to do so, and the extent to which he takes himself to succeed.
Groundwork Kent and Medway was selected as the design and build partner and put together plans to link the footpath network around the site, install a flight of steps leading to the top tier of the site to replace a muddy slope.
Red Hat will offer the GroundWork software as an open source application on Red Hat Exchange (RHX), which helps organisations compare, purchase and manage open source business applications.
A new release of GroundWork Monitor has been announced by GroundWork Open Source Inc, an open source IT management company, incorporating what it claims is the first Services-Oriented Architecture (SOA) development framework for Open Source IT Management.
Celebrity gardener Tommy Walsh of BBC's Ground Force joined Sir Albert Bore and Groundwork chief executive Tony Hawkhead to give a brief speech of his personal support for the charity.
The Coal Industry Welfare Organisation, the National Youth Theatre and Groundwork had to explain how they would spend it to voters, with 20,000 taking part.
Groundwork is one of three charities with a chance of securing pounds 1.
ENVIRONMENTAL organisation Groundwork is to extend work with pupils disillusioned with school in Coventry.