When Tom Murphy became Pittsburgh's mayor in 1994, it was a city in decline. He reviewed its assets – and liabilities – and saw a city at a tipping point. Barbara Thornton describes the remarkable turn-around that resulted from Murphy's model for public-private partnerships (and shares the recipe).
Finance and procurement
Funding has always been a problem for emerging countries. A new financing platform called Convergence, which is supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, MasterCard, The Rockefeller Foundation among others, promises to not only make it easier for developing areas to get help, but also for those with money to provide it.
Everybody wants more efficient government – and increasingly that means making more purchases of innovative technologies. With cooperative purchases, as Paul Irby of Onvia explains in a guest post, cities gain not only pricing power, but also speed. Find out why.
Code for America (CfA) revealed its latest lineup of apps from eight cities working with CfA technologists this year. Still works in progress, the apps take innovative approaches to economic development, healthcare and more. Get a rundown of what the eight cities are up to.
More businesses and homeowners are generating solar energy, but between tight budgets and unfavorable tax policies, cities are often left behind. Was yours? Learn from cities that are overcoming these obstacles, with help from companies like S&C Electric, to save money and the environment.
For investments in smart technologies and expertise to be successful, it’s not just what cities buy, it's how they buy it. Click for procurement best practices cities can borrow from private industry -- plus examples of how public agencies are using innovative procurement strategies to lower costs.
A smart cities project is really an investment in the community -- and more investors today are starting to see it that way. Learn about trends making such investments possible and read what investors say your city should do to attract them.
The first Earth Day was celebrated 45 years ago on this date. Some say it launched the modern environmental movement. But what may help cities turn the Earth Day vision into a reality is a financing tool called “green bonds.”
Microsoft makes $3 million YouthSpark investment in Vietnam's digital future… Alstom Grid app provides a deep dive into the energy landscape… CRG launches tool that connects arts, culture and community in the cloud… Black & Veatch exec says improving 'bankability' can bridge Asia's infrastructure gaps. Get the details.
A new report from the Green Investment Bank highlights 10 innovative technologies that can improve the UK's urban infrastructure right now. All 10 are already being used in at least one UK city or town. Get the details.