June 27, 2017
Some observations after nearly four years of reporting on the City Accelerator
June 20, 2017
Why things are not so simple in the world of government purchasing
June 13, 2017
The story of Demetrus Coonrod reinforces the efforts of Baltimore to engage citizens returning from incarceration.
June 9, 2017
We revisit Atlanta’s efforts to include its low-income residents in a major capitol redevelopment project.
May 26, 2017
A look back at the three cities that started it all reveals ideas worth stealing and replicating.
May 18, 2017
The infrastructure finance cohort convening in Washington, D.C., proved that local ingenuity combined with the right partners can push projects ahead.
May 8, 2017
The city proves that a “one-man show” mixed with a little creativity and innovation is sometimes all it takes to connect with the public.
May 2, 2017
How the city turned adversity into advantage to help tackle a unique infrastructure challenge
April 25, 2017
Saint Paul’s “shared and stacked” approach ensures its stormwater management projects reap multiple benefits for the community.
April 18, 2017
Even communities far away can face familiar challenges and offer replicable solutions.
April 11, 2017
Cities in the infrastructure cohort get ready to reconvene to find innovative answers to pressing questions
January 23, 2017
The infamous Wollman Rink project might provide a clue.
November 22, 2016
Relationships with academia are important in Baltimore's and Atlanta's City Accelerator programs.
October 12, 2016
A special (but simple) bus pass helps homeless population get to shelter in extreme weather.
September 6, 2016
Mayor Murray ups the ante on inclusive citizen engagement -- and helps pave the way for the rest of us.
August 18, 2016
High-speed connectivity is no longer negotiable.
July 18, 2016
The City Accelerator's Cohort I cities are meeting this week to discuss their progress, challenges and how they can sustain their momentum.
June 30, 2016
Most city leaders are grappling with an important question: How do we pay for critical infrastructure improvements?
June 7, 2016
Lessons on taking the long view from former U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood.
May 24, 2016
Can changing how you address an envelope improve communication with your constituents? Philadelphia aimed to find out.
April 27, 2016
A critical issue 25 years ago, our nation’s infrastructure remains in the same deteriorating state today.
March 29, 2016
The future of our nation's infrastructure requires an innovation intervention.
March 7, 2016
Jennifer Mayer, leader of the City Accelerator’s cohort on financing municipal infrastructure, talks about her favorite projects, the Flint water crisis and more.
February 25, 2016
Financing public improvements isn't easy -- but nothing is more important for cities to prosper.
February 8, 2016
Hurricane Katrina destroyed “Big Charity,” but the Big Easy has something better.
January 28, 2016
Programs to help the poor mean nothing if they don't work.
January 20, 2016
Public meetings can be like purgatory. Cities are showing us there’s a better way.
January 11, 2016
Cities are doing it for themselves but not by themselves.
November 12, 2015
Looking to curb violence, city leaders are charting a path for incarcerated people to successfully re-enter society.
November 2, 2015
New Orleans and Detroit have little in common -- except their ability to persevere.
October 26, 2015
Angus Deaton's Nobel prize-winning work is inspiring, but will it solve poverty?
October 19, 2015
Regional planning shows communities can be better, together.
October 12, 2015
The court of public opinion is ever-more swift and damning.
October 5, 2015
Civic innovation and investment will undoubtedly bring challenges and criticisms, but leaders are wise to stay the course.
September 28, 2015
To prosper, cities must address their neighborhoods of neglect -- where poverty, unemployment and failing education is the status quo.
September 21, 2015
Seattle has a history of being a magnet for both entrepreneurial success and creative thinkers. What can we learn from it?
September 8, 2015
New Mexico’s biggest city is supporting immigrant and indigenous populations in their business endeavors.
September 1, 2015
The disaster permanently altered lives, but the city continues to find innovative ways to rebuild.
August 25, 2015
It's time for a recap and review of this philanthropic, collaborative startup that has put down roots in eight cities so far.
August 18, 2015
Politics is a messy business, but fierce competition can fuel innovation.
August 11, 2015
Upcoming elections will test the sustainability of mayors’ innovation initiatives.
July 28, 2015
We have energetic citizens who want to help solve problems -- we just have to listen.
July 21, 2015
Sometimes engaging citizens is as simple as solving their problems.
July 14, 2015
History can provide some lessons in making it actually engaging.
July 7, 2015
It doesn't have to be a hellish public process.
June 29, 2015
Passionate public participation -- combined with technology -- can be powerful
June 22, 2015
No stranger to hard times, Baltimore looks to new ideas to rise from the ashes.
June 15, 2015
Seattle is tapping technology to reach previously unheard from -- and often culturally diverse -- citizens.
June 8, 2015
Supporting diverse businesses is the cornerstone of the city’s plan to spark economic mobility.
June 1, 2015
After being devastated by Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans is creating a more effective, equitable health system and reinvigorating all segments of its community.
May 26, 2015
Atlanta faces the dynamics of development head on as one of the cities chosen in City Accelerator’s Cohort 2.
May 19, 2015
City Accelerator’s Cohort 2 cities embark on their journeys to improve their citizens' quality of life.
May 11, 2015
Nashville's co-chief innovation officer on the city's key takeaways from the City Accelerator.
May 4, 2015
City leaders spark innovation in creative ways in this country music community.
April 27, 2015
As a city with a big history, Louisville is building on its achievements to diminish the debilitating remnants of poverty in its community.
April 21, 2015
To be successful in reaching the poor, common-sense communication often prevails.
April 14, 2015
“Housing First” initiatives can fall short if other resources aren't in place for individuals suffering from complex problems.
April 6, 2015
When your city invests in technology, make the most of it -- and quickly. Today's new idea is tomorrow's old hat.
April 2, 2015
New Orleans, Los Angeles and Albuquerque are writing their own stories to improve citizens' lives.
March 30, 2015
Watch and review cities’ plans to inspire citizen participation.
March 23, 2015
Watch and review both cities' plans to increase citizen involvement and decrease income inequality through the City Accelerator.
March 16, 2015
The initiative's leader shares his aspirations as the next round kicks off this week.
February 27, 2015
The Governing Summit in Louisville, Ky., provided unique ways for participants to share ideas.
February 12, 2015
The original champions of change might move on, but their ideas don't have to leave with them.
February 5, 2015
The convening focuses on solving urban problems through synergy and innovation.
January 29, 2015
Is it time to “think small” to be more innovative and sustainable in our urban developments?
January 22, 2015
The guide's action-oriented framework supports a spirit of adventure and change in urban communities.
January 15, 2015
The community in Fitchburg, Mass., came together to solve youth crime and budget challenges.
January 8, 2015
Weather-related events are often catastrophic for urban poor.
December 19, 2014
"Bank On" programs and other innovative initiatives reduce the victimization of poor individuals.
December 11, 2014
Governments must ask themselves critical questions before change can happen.
December 4, 2014
Additional innovation is needed for infrastructure issues that aggravate the public.
November 19, 2014
Low-income individuals can benefit from incremental improvements to the health care law.
November 13, 2014
This controversial issue shouldn't be about politics -- it's about people.
November 6, 2014
The City Accelerator communities are creating an environment of ingenuity.
October 31, 2014
Trends in management and change might come and go, but innovation remains a common thread.
October 22, 2014
Failure followed by success can make a legend in business, but second chances are hard to come by in the public sector.
October 15, 2014
It may be easy to blame individuals for their plight -- until children are involved.
September 30, 2014
Mental trauma and emotional wounds mean many vets end up in the streets. They deserve better.
September 17, 2014
When we face reality, we take the first step to fixing a problem.
September 4, 2014
Each cities' innovative plan to help low-income residents seems so different at first glance.
August 27, 2014
Federal government inaction is thrusting a tough issue on local jurisdictions.
August 19, 2014
Solutions to helping the poor aren't simple, but we must press on.
August 12, 2014
Technology has the power to unite but also the potential to divide.
August 5, 2014
We need to make the case for the glitzless but still innovative initiatives.
July 29, 2014
City Accelerator finalists have commonalities in the problems they face and their proposed solutions.
July 23, 2014
San Jose and Nashville are planning to tap the talents of citizens for innovative solutions to their problems with poverty.
July 15, 2014
Philadelphia and Denver are plotting different ways for their low-income residents to get out of poverty.
July 8, 2014
Two former transportation hubs are bringing back economic vitality with a focus on their most vulnerable populations.
July 2, 2014
Fifty years after President Johnson declared war on poverty, we're facing the same battles.
June 23, 2014
Cities should strive to provide recreation for vulnerable populations.
June 13, 2014
One way innovative cities helped curb homelessness? Parking meters.
June 10, 2014
Fear of failure can inhibit cities from innovating. It shouldn't.
June 3, 2014
The former mayor of the “Most Transformed City” in America is going to help chronicle civic innovation through the City Accelerator.
June 3, 2014
Innovative funding solutions can be born from bad times.
June 2, 2014
The FCC wants to prevent states from banning locally and publicly owned broadband. That plan is spot on -- and Chattanooga, Tenn., proves it.
May 30, 2014
The changing relationship between labor and business is important for communities hoping for a manufacturing comeback.