Taking it to Scale: Shifting the Conversation about Renewing the Public Sector

Reinventing government: two words resounding across the globe, especially in Detroit, one epicenter of a growing movement to “reset” local government for the 21st Century. Even while local government resources remain scarce, new innovations and capabilities are emerging inside and outside government, helping cities achieve better results, collaborate more deeply, and promote transparency, accountability and fiscal and environmental sustainability. As the municipal innovation movement grows, elected and appointed leaders are looking to places where the experience of re-engineering and re-thinking have paid off, most notably from the private sector. Where, inside specific cities and counties and state agencies, are we seeing good news on government innovation and performance? How is the public sector working differently with the private sector and philanthropy to renew cities, especially in ways that impact lower-income constituents?

  • Moderator: Ben Hecht, CEO, Living Cities
  • Don Chen, Acting Director, Ford Foundation
  • Michael A. Finney, President & CEO, Michigan Economic Development Corporation

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