Blog Post Jen Mayer on Jun 19, 2018

P3s Can Be Bad for Racial Equity -- But They Don't Have to Be 

Governments can structure arrangements with private contractors that consider impacts on low-income individuals and people of color.

Blog Post Matt Baer & Jen Mayer on Jun 18, 2018

Thinking About a P3? Better Ask These Questions First 

Washington, D.C.'s innovative Office of Public-Private Partnerships offers a good case study in to assess whether a P3 makes sense for a particular city project.

Blog Post Matt Baer & Jen Mayer on Jun 15, 2018

Which P3 Model Works Best For Your Project? 

With more than a dozen different ways to structure a public-private partnership, figuring out the most appropriate one for a given project can be hard. Here's a list of what's out there.

Blog Post Matt Baer & Jen Mayer on Jun 14, 2018

If P3s Are the Answer, What Was the Question? 

Public-private partnerships aren't free money. But they can be used to improve performance.

Blog Post Steven Bosacker & Owen Stone on Nov 6, 2017

Living Cities and Governing Magazine Launch 2017 Equipt to Innovate Survey 

Take this year's Equipt to Innovate survey to see where your city stands on these 7 elements of good governance.

Blog Post Ben Hecht on Oct 26, 2017

#BensTake: What's Next for Municipal Innovation? 

3 key lessons help chart a path forward for anyone wanting to support the next phase of the municipal innovation movement.

Blog Post Ben Hecht on Oct 24, 2017

#BensTake: Making Order Out of Chaos 

Today, municipal innovation is a movement that has taken hold in cities across the country. But our work isn't over.

Blog Post Joseph Sutkowi on Sep 19, 2017

Four Innovative Procurement Tactics Cities are Using to Increase Equity 

Making procurement more equitable can be challenging. See what four cities are doing to increase contracts and participation with businesses owned by people of color.

Blog Post Santiago Carrillo on Aug 10, 2017

The Rise of Resident Leaders in Mockus’ Bogotá: How A Spirit of “Civic Culture”… 

What we can learn from Antanas Mockus’ first term as Mayor of Bogotá about the importance of resident leadership and trust in local government for delivering better results to urban populations.

Blog Post Elizabeth Reynoso & Kristen Scheyder on Jun 22, 2017

Five Cities that are Buying into Equity  

New City Accelerator initiative looks to drive inclusive economic opportunity through procurement

Blog Post Ben Hecht on Jun 20, 2017

Bright Spots in a Darkened Landscape 

By partnering with universities to leverage data and technology, cities continue to emerge as bright spots of innovation. They're leading the way in tackling today's most intractable problems.

Blog Post Ben Hecht & Brandee McHale on May 8, 2017

Leveraging the Buying Power of Cities 

Eight cities created pitches for a new City Accelerator on procurement and economic opportunity. View them before final cities are selected!

Blog Post Anne Price & Kien Lee on Mar 21, 2017

Racial Equity Here - Lessons from the Field  

Four lessons from our Racial Equity Here cohort on how to embed a racial equity lens in local government.

Blog Post Steven Bosacker on Jan 19, 2017

Video: How to Use Data to Drive Results 

This video shares lessons learned on data access and privacy, sourcing and policy.

Blog Post Matt Baer on Jan 4, 2017

Mayors and Schools: Accountability Without Authority 

Lessons on school governance from a year-long tour of U.S. cities.

Blog Post Steven Bosacker on Nov 28, 2016

Realizing the Innovation Dividend 

What makes a high-performing city government?

Blog Post Ben Hecht on Nov 17, 2016

#BensTake: Reflections on the 2016 Election 

Living Cities' CEO offers questions and initial reflections on what the election means for low-income people in America’s cities, and what it means for our work.

Blog Post Kathryn Pettit & Christopher Whitaker on Nov 1, 2016

The Civic Tech and Data Collaborative: Who We Are 

Meet the organizations and cities that make up the Civic Tech and Data Collaborative.

Blog Post Sindhu Lakshmanan on Oct 18, 2016

Pay for Success: To Invest Or Not To Invest? 

The Pay for Success field continues to gain traction. Our new blog series will walk you through how Living Cities decides which Pay for Success projects to consider investing in, in the hopes that ot…

Blog Post Nick Turner & Scarlet Neath on Oct 13, 2016

Remarkable Progress in Juvenile Justice Reform, but Not for All Kids 

The current national conversation on criminal justice reform opens up an opportunity to turn the tide on mass incarceration and improve economic outcomes for low-income Americans, especially those of…

Blog Post Frank Mirabal on Sep 29, 2016

Building a Platform Instead of a Wall 

Learn how Albuquerque is working to support immigrant entrepreneurs through the City Accelerator.

Blog Post Rip Rapson on Sep 21, 2016

Philanthropy Must Increasingly Become Comfortable in Engaging the Changes and A… 

Philanthropy has acted boldly in Detroit to re-imagine the city’s future, and has contributed to a larger conversation in cities across the nation about how we can collectively confront and overcome …

Blog Post R.T. Rybak on Sep 16, 2016

Mayors and Schools: Holding the Agenda, Together 

R.T. Rybak reflects on his work in Minneapolis, first as mayor and later as head of a collective impact table focusing on youth.

Blog Post Mark Funkhouser on Sep 15, 2016

#ThrowbackThursday - Reducing Economic Inequality: It's About Wealth, Not Jobs 

Increasing family wealth is a much better public policy goal than the standard economic development mantra of "jobs, jobs, jobs." And effective strategies won't come from Washington.