Money Matters.

Underfunded infrastructure creates real costs for Americans. By one estimate (from the American Society of Civil Engineers), failing infrastructure costs America’s families $3,400 annually in lost disposable income – often affecting low-income communities the most.

The guide, Resilience, Equity, and Innovation, details the field-tested tools and silo-busting processes used by participating cities to increase both equity and resilience in financing infrastructure. The strategy was also structural, creating teams that transcend four city departments – economic development, planning and public works, economic development, and the mayor’s office.

Our City Accelerator cities took on an infrastructure finance challenge because they can and because they must. They didn’t choose between fixing aging infrastructure, building resilience, or mending inequity. With new approaches in managing public resources tested by the City Accelerator, low-income residents, in particular, will benefit from capital projects that drive cities forward. By taking their lead, other cities can use the lessons and the resources in this guide to build tangible and sustainable resiliency and equity in our cities

Read the Running Commentary and Analysis from their 18-month journey.