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Start-Up City: Inspiring Private and Public Entrepreneurship

GBCI: 0920013075

Join us in this one-hour multi-media course to consider a variety of transportation related challenges and solutions, with a first-hand account of how these projects achieved successful outcomes.
Eligible for 1 CE HOUR.
  • 1 CE

Published on: May 09, 2017

Average: 4.4 (32 votes)
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Today’s city leaders and managers face a complex web of regulatory hurdles, struggles for disparate stakeholder buy-in, risk-averse management (or politics), and funding shortages. Local governments often get the short end of the stick when budgets are slashed, even as they bear the brunt of the blame when local constituents see their services cut and their infrastructure crumble. More than ever, cities are charged with carrying out national-level policies and are expected to be at the forefront of our response to climate change, housing inequality, and public health. At the same time, most city government agencies are perennially understaffed and impeded by cumbersome, often counterproductive regulations. Seemingly insurmountable frustrations are everywhere, but you can make change in spite of these realities. If you are willing to go against the tide and follow some basic lessons in goal setting, experimentation, change management, financial innovation, and communication, you can get sh*t done in cities. Whether in a startup or a complex government agency, the same basic rules of management and communication apply.

Join us in this one-hour multi-media course to consider a variety of transportation related challenges and solutions, with a first-hand account of how these projects achieved successful outcomes. We begin with a video segment where the participant will hear from the author directly about his colorful career in and out of city government, where he has brought an entrepreneurial attitude to city hall in an effort to get more done. We will then read select excerpts from his new book about the power of learning from mistakes related to the Pennsylvania Ave Bike Lane in Washington DC. We conclude with a reading section where we consider how creatively funding projects at the municipal level can unlock stalled or otherwise improbable projects.

Course Outline (1 CE Hour):

  • Video Segment: Entire Segment (13:07)
  • Introduction: Entire Chapter, pages 20-29 (10 pages)
  • Lesson #1: Don’t Be Afraid to Screw Up and Learn: Entire Chapter, pages 30-39 (10 pages)
  • Lesson #5: Fund Creatively: Entire Chapter, pages 82-93 (12 pages)

Total: 32 pages, 13:07 video

Video courtesy of Clarence Eckerson Jr and Streetfilms.

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Objectives

  1. Identify the challenges faced in creating the Pennsylvania Ave Bike Lane and apply the lessons learned related to team building and fostering a sense of accountability and trust.
  2. Describe how successful leaders communicate their vision to foster stakeholder engagement.
  3. Consider creative funding strategies for projects which would otherwise be stalled due to lack of budget.
  4. Foster a culture of big ideas and innovative thinking among traditionally risk-averse decision makers.
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Island Press
Washington, DC
United States

Leaders

Gabe Klein
David Vega-Barachowitz
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