Additionally, through topic- and/or location-specific grants, we have been able to provide even more individualized technical assistance to cities.
Improving Public Water
In Duquesne, PA, we have worked with Mayor Nikole Nesby and regional partners to improve infrastructure and update the City’s water systems. In South Bend, IN, we have worked with Mayor Pete Buttigieg to develop a water affordability program for stormwater, sewer and drinking water fees, as well as the development of a customer assistance program. Learn more about our water-related work here. This work has been supported by the Mott and Heinz Foundations.
Applying Behavioral Science to City Challenges
Behavioral science–crafting “nudges” or small tweaks to policies and programs–can improve the chances of a particular outcome and help local governments save money, improve services, and reach constituents in new ways. Partnering with Harvard’s Behavioral Insights Group, we invited member cities to participate, including Portland, OR; Wisconsin Rapids, WI; Grand Rapids, MI; Culver City, CA; Columbia, SC; and Burlington, VT. With technical assistance from these partners, participating cities developed and tested behavioral approaches to solving city challenges such as recycling compliance, voluntary donation program participation, and commuter mode shifts. This work has been supported by the Surdna Foundation.
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