Results tagged as "city accelerator"

  • Accelerating Innovation in Cities: Early Learnings from the First Phase of the City Accelerator

    By Nigel Jacob, Co-Chair, Boston Office of New Urban Mechanics, Urban Technologist in Residence, Living Cities July 22, 2014 01:49 PM

    Four months ago, Living Cities and the Citi Foundation announced the launch of the City Accelerator, a three-year, $3 million program designed to "foster innovation and promote collaboration between urban leaders to tackle some of their cities' most pressing challenges." We're knee deep in the selection phase for the first cohort of cities, and have already learned a tremendous amount.

    To date, we've had the opportunity to hear from leaders on the ground in cities across the nation. We've learned about their vision and ideas for adopting and spreading innovation in city hall for the benefit of their communities and residents. It has been an exciting process so far, and we're eager to share some of what we're seeing, hearing, and learning.

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  • Going Public: How the City Accelerator Works

    By Paul W. Taylor, Editor-at-Large of GOVERNING, Chief Content Officer for e.Republic and senior advisor to the Center for Digital Government. July 18, 2014 11:17 AM

    After months of preparation, the next phase of the City Accelerator is in your hands. The Accelerator, created to foster a more cohesive approach to local government innovation, is an ambitious collaboration involving a network of innovative American cities and, importantly, you.

    It began with an invitation from Living Cities and the Citi Founation and participating cities in the Project on Municipal Innovation (PMI) to pitch their best ideas to improve the lives of low-income residents. In announcing the six finalists in the first round in the Accelerator, Nigel Jacob, urban technologist in residence at Living Cities, said their response to the challenge reflected a commitment to push boundaries, test ideas and collaborate deeply.

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  • Accelerating Innovation and Progress in Cities

    By Ed Skyler, Executive Vice President, Global Public Affairs March 14, 2014 10:36 AM

    Whether it's rapid population growth or how to deal with aging infrastructure, cities - at their core - face a common set of urban challenges. At Citi, we have supported the growth and progress of cities for more than 200 years. That's why we are proud to join Living Cities, a non-profit consortium of foundations across the United States, to launch the City Accelerator program to help municipal governments address some of these challenges.

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