From February 3-5, Living Cities brought together members of the Urban Policy Advisory Group (UPAG) on the campus of Harvard’s Kennedy School for their fifth in-person meeting. UPAG is part of the Partnership on Municipal Innovation (PMI), a joint venture of Living Cities, the Kennedy School, and the Rockefeller Foundation, in which over 30 cities convene to advance implementation of innovative and system-wide reform. Each city has designated a chief of staff or policy director to participate.
Under the rubric of “Permanent Fiscal Crises or a New Normal?” this meeting focused on the need for urban governments to re-think their approaches to economic development and government operations in light of 21st century fiscal and economic challenges.
The three days of peer-to-peer exchange provided participants with the opportunity to discuss common challenges and innovative new ideas being undertaken in cities across the country.
This document offers a snapshot of some highlights from the meeting.