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Ra Race Informed

A race-informed city fosters a supportive environment for collective, community-wide racial healing and systemic, structural equity. Rooted in an understanding that government at all levels has played a role in creating and maintaining racial inequity, resulting in a lack of access and opportunity for people of color in everything from education and employment to housing and healthcare, these cities seek to redress structural racism through an analysis of their own operations and make necessary changes in policy and practice.


The Need to Increase Awareness of Implicit Bias


Proactive, transparent and engaged strategies are needed to tackle this deeply rooted issue.

Hope Tribble


Director of Audit and Performance, City of Indianapolis-Marion County

Getting Innovation Off the Ground


How a single step forward can start cities down the path of becoming equipt.

Comprehensive Planning Key to Achieving Racial Equity


Cities need to take a wider view of their programs and services to ensure they reach all populations.

City Halls Are Increasingly Innovative AND Trustworthy


Local governments are investment-worthy because of their position in solving some of our toughest social problems. They’re also more trustworthy than in the past.

Governing & Living Cities Announce High-Performing Cities from Second Annual Equipt Survey


Top-ranking cities featured at Governing’s annual Summit on Government Performance and Innovation

Cities Make Progress, Face Continuing Challenges in Governing Well: Survey


A growing number of cities are performing well in the essentials of fiscal responsibility, racial equity, resident engagement and evidence-based policymaking.

Building Equity in Infrastructure


How cities can improve transportation systems to benefit all residents.

Reginald E. Gordon


Director of the Office of Community Wealth Building, City of Richmond

State and Local Leaders are Setting an Agenda for the Country’s Biggest Challenges


To overcome hurdles, leaders need a solid framework to help implement successful policies and the right mix of collaboration and innovation.

The Need for Data Disaggregation


How communities can use data to help minority subgroups succeed.

Nefertiri Sickout


Deputy Diversity & Inclusion Officer, City of Philadelphia

Greg Sundstrom


City Manager, City of Grand Rapids

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.

Kevyn Orr on the New Orleans Mayor: 'I Have Rarely, If Ever, Heard a White Guy Speak With Such Passion' About Race


Detroit's former emergency manager praised Mitch Landrieu's speech on race and gave a memorable one of his own. Listen to it here.

Race-Informed: From Intent to Actions in Government


The Minneapolis-Saint Paul region is taking important steps to advance racial equity and opportunity.

Tackling Racial Inequality


Five steps to help build a strategy for your community

Realizing the Innovation Dividend


Why Being Equipt Matters for America’s Cities.

Innovation Does Not Take Place in Just One Place


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

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.

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