Seven Tactics for Effective Partnership with Local Government

11.18.14 Living Cities

It goes without saying that working with local government is not always easy. It can be confusing, mysterious, frustrating and full of fits and starts. Many of us know the challenges of partnering with local government well, whether we are working outside of government, or within it.

During a breakout session at The Integration Initiative Learning Community convening, members of Living Cities’ Public Sector Innovation team asked participants: “What are some questions you want to explore about working with the public sector?” The conversation quickly transitioned from proposing questions, to discussing shared experiences and common challenges, to rapid-fire idea sharing about tactics and lessons learned from their respective work in nine cities across the country. What came out of that fruitful discussion are seven key tactics for developing and maintaining effective partnerships with local government:

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