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A resident-involved city stimulates a culture of civic literacy and involvement to get and keep the community meaningfully engaged. Results (and the plans for achieving them) are co-produced with city residents, such that the policies, practices and service delivery are shaped both for and by the people who use and need them. Involvement includes harder-to-engage and underrepresented populations—such as youth, low-income residents, people of color and recent immigrants—who have a shared interest in solving their city’s most complex problems. Through deliberate strategy, consistent outreach, effective engagement and multiple means of taking input, resident-involved cities produce a better quality of life for their most vulnerable populations by giving them a voice in the government decision-making process.


Making Housing Affordable to All


Fifty years after the Fair Housing Act, residents are still key to solving housing issues.

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.

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

The Need for Local News


Despite changing habits, communities should still foster residents’ desires to connect and contribute.

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.

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.

Terica Black Bashir


Project Manager for the Mayor’s Office of Innovation Delivery & Performance, City of Atlanta

Resident-Involved: The Parliamentarian from Estonia


Governing with a human-centered consciousness provides extra reach to populations that have been historically under-represented or marginalized.

Kathy Nyland


Director of Department of Neighborhoods, City of Seattle

Prioritizing Mom and Pop


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

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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