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A dynamically planned city is rooted in aspiration and accountability. The city charter boldly and publicly declares not just what the city does but what it will be – serving as both a foundation and catalyst for dynamic city plans that are strategic, inclusive, and reflect the billion-dollar budgets and industriousness of the thousands of employees and residents available to implement them. They also live up to the gravity and urgency of the seemingly-intractable issues to be tackled and solved for the city to be successful long into the future. Transparency of vision becomes transparency in performance for residents and all stakeholders in the form of systems that reveal the presence (or absence) of progress on key goals. Altogether, being dynamically planned keeps the vision and reality of city-building front-and-center, fresh and relevant.

Planting the Seed of Change

Practical strategies to help cities become equipt for innovation

Capturing City Stories

A snapshot of the benchmark survey results from the inaugural Equipt to Innovate survey.

New Study Identifies the Best Cities for Good Government

The first of a now annual report details what cities are doing well and where they could improve.

Prioritizing Mom and Pop

Cities that support local businesses can boost community engagement and the economy.

Voices from Forgotten Cities

Cities are talking, but who is listening? Living Cities and Governing want to help enhance your city’s voice.

Dynamically Planned: Make Only Big Plans, The Sequel

Most cities' grand plans aren't grand enough to meet the challenges they face.

Realizing the Innovation Dividend

Why Being Equipt Matters for America’s Cities.

The Innovation Equation

Working with Living Cities, Governing has identified a set of seven elements that constitute a framework for fostering the innovation cities need.

How a Crime- and Corruption-Plagued County Is Thriving

Rushern Baker has led Prince George’s County, Md., from the grips of economic recession and political corruption to its most promising point in recent memory.


Benchmark: Being Dynamically Planned

Becoming Dynamically Planned

Learning from the 2017 leaders

Phoenix Best Practices

What cities can learn from top survey performer Phoenix, Ariz.



The Government Innovator’s Group is a program of the Governing Institute designed to incubate collaboration and strengthen connections for local government innovation leaders.

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