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Phoenix Named Top Overall Performing City in Inaugural Equipt To Innovate™ SurveyPhoenix Named Top Overall Performing City in Inaugural Equipt To Innovate™ Survey<div class="ExternalClass6A4466C95852406991650B740F03B016"><table class="ms-rteTable-default" id="tabletime" summary="Two videos about Phoenix Governing Award" style="padding:0px 5px 3px !important;border:0px currentcolor !important;"><tbody><tr><td style="padding:0px 5px 3px !important;border:0px currentcolor !important;width:50%;">​<a title="Watch Overview Video (1:16)" href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9dNPcYpZVsM&feature=youtu.be" target="_blank"><img alt="Video 1 preview" src="/Media%20Assets/S093_Equip_vid2.jpg" style="margin:5px;" /><br>Watch Overview Video (1:16)</a></td><td style="padding:0px 5px 3px !important;border:0px currentcolor !important;width:50%;">​<a title="Watch Award Ceremony Video (20:00)" href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u7iRRPCrcjU&feature=youtu.be" target="_blank"><img alt="Video 2 preview" src="/Media%20Assets/S093_Equip_vid1.jpg" style="margin:5px;" /><br>Watch Award Ceremony Video (20:00)</a></td></tr></tbody></table> <br> <div> <strong style="font-size:18pt;">Governing and Living Cities Framework Focuses on Producing Better Results</strong></div><div> <br> </div><div> <img alt="Phoenix Nation's Highest-Performing City" src="/Media%20Assets/Sliders/S093_Equip.jpg" style="margin:5px;width:420px;height:334px;vertical-align:auto;float:right;" />Mayor Greg Stanton and e.Republic President Cathilea Robinett, publisher of Governing, announced today that Phoenix was named the Top Performing City Overall by Governing and Living Cities through the first-ever national “Equipt to Innovate” survey. </div><div> <br> </div><div>Equipt to Innovate is a new initiative launched by Governing and Living Cities. It is an integrated, collaborative framework of seven essential elements that define high-performance government and empower innovation. It is also an invitation for cities to work together, learn from each other and help drive better outcomes for their communities. The seven Equipt elements are: Dynamically Planned; Broadly Partnered; Resident-Involved; Race-Informed; Smartly Resourced; Employee-Engaged; and Data-Driven. Cities from across the country participated in the inaugural 2016 Equipt survey, assessing their capacity and competence in these seven key areas. </div><div> <br> </div><div>“The Equipt framework gives us a way to look at cities in a multidimensional way,” said Mark Funkhouser, publisher of Governing. “Cities that perform well across the seven elements are able to adapt to and even anticipate the next challenge.”</div><div> <br> </div><div>“In today’s fast-changing world, it’s not enough for a city to simply provide services and balance budgets. We have to think creatively and work together to solve the greatest challenges facing our communities,” said Stanton. “Being named the top overall performing city by Governing and Living Cities is a testament to our public servants in Phoenix, who are committed to working harder and smarter every day to deliver results to all of our residents.”</div><div> <br> </div><div>“People are increasingly looking to local government for solutions that address the nation’s biggest challenges,” said Steven Bosacker, Principal for Public Sector and Partnerships at Living Cities. “By submitting to a rigorous examination of their competencies in these seven areas, city leaders across the country are proving how dedicated they are to establishing high-performing administrations that respond to the needs of their communities.”</div><div> <br> </div><div>“The recognition of Phoenix as the Top Performing City is an honor, and also, an important opportunity for us to look at what we do well,” said City Manager Ed Zuercher. “With that said, we cannot relax our efforts. It is important for Phoenix employees to continue providing great service by working smarter, saving money and being kind to our customers.”</div><div> <br> </div><div>“We pride ourselves in being innovative here in Phoenix in every way possible, from the way we do business with our private sector partners, to the way we engage our neighborhoods and make them part of the decision-making process, giving those who know their community the best a true sense of ownership in everything we work to create,” said Vice Mayor Laura Pastor.</div><div> <br> </div><div>“This recognition sends a strong message that Phoenix is becoming the city of choice for people in and out of government who want to find new solutions and break barriers,” said Councilwoman Kate Gallego.</div><div> <br> </div><div>“This is another in a long line of national awards of which the entire community can be proud. Our Mayor and City Council have taken a strong leadership role in efficiently running our city,” said Councilman Daniel Valenzuela. “And the dedication and hard work of our City Manager, Executive Team and all our city employees has helped us to become an award-winning city. Our community actively participates in making Phoenix the best place to live in the country, full of opportunity, growth and excitement.”</div><div> <br> </div><div>“This is an incredible honor for Phoenix, and I feel privileged to have been a part of this team both as planning director and a member of the City Council,” said Councilwoman Debra Stark.  “We’re going to continue to innovate to deliver the highest level of service our residents deserve.”</div><div> <br> </div><div>“I’m so proud of the work we’re doing to make Phoenix a more innovative and better performing government, and appreciate Governing and Living Cities for offering this recognition,” said Councilman Michael Nowakowski.  “We need to continue this approach to look for new ways to better serve Phoenix residents.”</div><div> <br> </div><div>The top-ranking city in each category, along with the top 10 overall high-performing cities, have been highlighted today at the 2017 Summit on Government Performance & Innovation, an annual gathering of more than 400 innovators, public sector change-agents, disrupters and civic entrepreneurs from around the country interested in making government work better for local communities.</div><div> <br> </div><div>For a comprehensive overview of the survey findings and a discussion of how cities fared across the categories, download the report “Becoming a High-Performing City: A Benchmark Study” at www.governing.com/equipt.</div><div> <br> </div><div> <strong> <em>About Governing: </em></strong></div><div>Governing covers politics, policy and management for state and local government leaders. Recognized as the most credible and authoritative voice in its field, Governing provides non-partisan news, insight and analysis on budget and finance; transportation and infrastructure; workforce and economic development; health and human services and more.</div><div> <br> </div><div>Governing is a division of e.Republic, the nation’s only media and research company focused exclusively on state and local government and education. </div><div> <br> </div><div> <strong> <em>About Living Cities:</em></strong></div><div>Living Cities harnesses the collective power of 18 of the world’s largest foundations and financial institutions to develop and scale new approaches for creating opportunities for low-income people and improving the cities where they live. Its investments, research, networks, and convenings catalyze fresh thinking and combine support for innovative, local approaches with real-time sharing of learning to accelerate adoption in more places. Additional information can be found at <a href="http://www.livingcities.org/">www.livingcities.org</a>.</div><div> <br> </div></div>5/25/2017 1:25:00 AMRobbie Sherwood480-246-7944