Ben Hecht was appointed president and CEO of Living Cities in July 2007. Since that time, the organization has adopted a broad, integrative agenda that harnesses the collective knowledge of its 22 member foundations and financial institutions to benefit low-income people and the cities where they live. Living Cities deploys a unique blend of more than $140 million in grants, loans and influence to re-engineer obsolete public systems and connect low-income people and underinvested places to opportunity.

March 18, 2019

Inclusive Procurement Works and We’re going to Help Scale It Up

A new inclusive procurement cohort creates opportunity for 10 cities to learn from trail blazers who came before
January 25, 2019

Equitable Contracting Delivers Impact

A new guide to equitable procurement allows cities to build on field-tested ideas.
April 30, 2018

Can Your City Build a Better Local Business Network?

What innovations could help you nurture home-grown business and minority-owned companies? City Accelerator can help you find out.
November 28, 2017

Funding Tomorrow's Inclusive Cities Today

A new guide for financing infrastructure allows cities to build on field-tested ideas.
May 8, 2017

Leveraging the Buying Power of Cities

In the City Accelerator's new Cohort IV, cities will use innovation to increase procurement and economic opportunity.
February 24, 2017

What It Means to Get Engaged: A Roadmap for Cities

New resources available for cities that aim to develop and kick-start a robust public engagement strategy.
February 17, 2016

Cities Build Up Innovation to Tackle Breakdown in Urban Infrastructure

In the City Accelerator's new Cohort III, cities will disrupt old ways of planning, prioritizing and budgeting for infrastructure projects.
January 12, 2015

Breaking Through Barriers to Innovation in Local Government

Through the City Accelerator, Louisville, Ky., Nashville, Tenn., and Philadelphia are adapting how they do business in order to produce materially different results.
July 24, 2013

3 Ways Local Leaders Can Connect Cities for Growth

America’s cities must ensure that people are prepared for 21st century employment opportunities, that the places they live connect them to those opportunities, and that sufficient jobs are created so their income can grow.