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by Riley Stewart Lichtenstein on Nov 12, 2020

How Pittsburgh is Mobilizing to Help Businesses Owned by Women and People of Color in a Time of Great Uncertainty 

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by Jen Mayer on Nov 29, 2017

Resilience, Equity, and Innovation: The City Accelerator Guide to Urban Infrastructure Finance 

Our latest City Accelerator guide, “Resilience, Equity, and Innovation,” we share the tools and processes four cities, Pittsburgh, Saint Paul, San Francisco and Washington D.C., explored in an effort to increase equity and fund infrastructure.

Blog Post Riley Stewart Lichtenstein on Nov 12, 2020

How Pittsburgh is Mobilizing to Help Businesses Owned by Women and People of Co… 

Blog Post Melissa Burrows & Natoya Walker Minor on Oct 29, 2020

How Cleveland is Assisting Very Small Businesses with Contracting in the City 

Blog Post Matt Baer on Apr 4, 2019

Accelerating Government’s Knowledge of Undoing Racism 

Five cities are building their understanding of structural and systemic inequality, in order to deepen their ability to address small business growth with a racial equity lens so all communities can …

Resource on Nov 2, 2016

Lessons From the Field for and by Civic Innovation Teams 

Key insights from the first cohort of City Accelerator.

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.

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Summit on Government Performance & Innovation 

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 Ben Hecht & Brandee McHale on Nov 29, 2017

Funding the Inclusive Cities of Tomorrow, Today 

Resilience, infrastructure, and equity go hand-in-hand.

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Municipal Innovation 

Supporting a movement towards local government that is nimble, collaborative and data driven.

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.

Resource on Aug 13, 2015

The City Accelerator Guide Report on Analytics, Impact and Learning 

City Accelerator Guide for Embedding Innovation in Local Government was the first in a series of three Pilot Projects launched in early 2015 to test Living Cities' hypotheses around open-sourcing social change.

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 & 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!

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Nigel Jacob 

Nigel Jacob is Living Cities' Urban Technologist in Residence and Founder and Co-Chair for the Mayor’s Office of New Urban Mechanics in Boston, Massachusetts.

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.

Resource on Jan 12, 2015

City Accelerator Guide for Embedding Innovation in Local Government 

This guide gives local leaders a practical, action-oriented framework for breakthrough innovation.

Blog Post Ed Blayney on Jul 19, 2016

Using #CivicTech to Stop Fires in Vacant Properties 

The Louisville City Accelerator team reflects on a hackathon that created a low-cost wireless smoke detector.

Blog Post Robert Roach & Wendy Sedlak on Apr 29, 2016

Surviving the Transition: How to Sustain an Initiative Beyond a Mayor’s Exit 

How can innovators in city government work to transition-proof their initiatives?

Blog Post Jen Mayer on Apr 15, 2016

Beyond the Numbers: Telling the Infrastructure Story 

How can cities get better at making the case for infrastructure?

Blog Post Steven Bosacker & Kristen Scheyder on Apr 7, 2016

Introducing the City Accelerator's Third Cohort 

These four cities are joining forces in the new City Accelerator on infrastructure.