A smartly resourced city optimizes its revenues, people and technology to make the greatest difference in the life of the community and the well-being of its residents. By definition, tradeoffs are inherent in municipal budgeting, as are tough decisions around borrowing and making infrastructure and other investments. By acting as stewards for current and future generations, city leaders strategically plan to use scarce resources toward their greatest and highest use.
A solid plan can help a city align its resources with priorities, demonstrate progress and make the case for public support.
Cities need to take the long view when it comes to infrastructure modernization.
Director of Audit and Performance, City of Indianapolis-Marion County
How a single step forward can start cities down the path of becoming equipt.
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.
Top-ranking cities featured at Governing’s annual Summit on Government Performance and Innovation
A growing number of cities are performing well in the essentials of fiscal responsibility, racial equity, resident engagement and evidence-based policymaking.
Innovative funding strategies are one way communities can help ensure no one gets left behind in an economic upswing.
Director of Policy and GovLabPHL at Mayor's Office, City of Philadelphia
Three ways cities can maximize their spending and investments
Practical strategies to help cities become equipt for innovation
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.
Director of Policy and Innovation, City of Syracuse
Helpful tips to ensure your city's events make a positive impact
Why Being Equipt Matters for America’s Cities.
Working with Living Cities, Governing has identified a set of seven elements that constitute a framework for fostering the innovation cities need.
In the state that once spent the most on health care, Jason Helgerson found ways to cut New York's costs. Now he's leading one of the nation’s biggest Medicaid reforms.