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Arvada Chosen as High Performing City by Governing and Living Cities

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(Arvada, CO) – Governing magazine announced that the City of Arvada has been named a high performer in the 2018 Equipt to Innovate national survey of American cities.

Equipt to Innovate is a joint initiative launched by Living Cities and Governing magazine. It is an integrated, collaborative framework anchored in seven key characteristics of high-performance government — being dynamically planned, broadly partnered, resident-involved, race-informed, smartly resourced, employee-engaged and data-driven.

Equipt sets a purposefully high bar across all seven elements, and the second annual survey shows a growing number of cities are reaching for it. Seventy-four cities participated in the 2018 survey, up 23 percent from 2017, bringing the two-year total to 97 cities. Equipt cities represent 53 million residents, including 55 of the 100 largest U.S. cities and all 10 of the largest U.S. cities.

“Residents and businesses expect cities to provide nimble and robust responses to today’s challenges and opportunities,” says Mark Funkhouser, publisher of Governing. “The results of the second annual Equipt to Innovate survey show that a critical mass of American cities – along with their diverse networks of public, private and civic institutions -- are investing in and building the many things that make communities good places to live.”

"It's encouraging to see city governments doing the hard work to build Equipt capabilities, particularly in areas as complex as racial equity, resident engagement and evidence-based policymaking,” says Steven Bosacker, principal of public sector and partnerships at Living Cities. “The cities we're recognizing this year are showing the way to the future."

The high-performing cities will be formally recognized May 1 at the 2018 Summit on Government Performance & Innovation, an annual gathering of 650 innovators, public sector change-agents, disrupters and civic entrepreneurs from around the country interested in making government work better for local communities.

For a comprehensive overview of the survey findings and a discussion of how cities fared across the categories, download the report “Profiles in High-Performance Government: Cities on the Move” at www.governing.com/equipt.