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.
Cities can make low-cost changes to breathe new life into old spaces.
Director of Audit and Performance, City of Indianapolis-Marion County
How a single step forward can start cities down the path of becoming equipt.
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Top-ranking cities featured at Governing’s annual Summit on Government Performance and Innovation
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A snapshot of the benchmark survey results from the inaugural Equipt to Innovate survey.
The first of a now annual report details what cities are doing well and where they could improve.
Cities that support local businesses can boost community engagement and the economy.
Cities are talking, but who is listening? Living Cities and Governing want to help enhance your city’s voice.
Most cities' grand plans aren't grand enough to meet the challenges they face.
Why Being Equipt Matters for America’s Cities.
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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.