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City of Tulsa Named a High Performer in the 2018 Equipt to Innovate National Survey of American Cities

This article was archived on 6/3/2018

On May 1, top-ranking cities will be featured at the Governing’s annual Summit on Government Performance and Innovation.

April 30, 2018: The city of Tulsa has been named as a high performer in the 2018 Equipt to Innovate national survey of American cities in the Broadly Partnered category of the survey.

 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 that is 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.

“We are excited to be selected as a high-performing city by Equipt to Innovate. One way we’re partnering is by encouraging City employees to participate in Reading Partners to increase the number of students who are able to read on grade level by the third grade.”

The City of Tulsa is dedicated to improving internal collaboration, as well as working with the private, philanthropic, and non-profit sectors to help jurisdictions achieve large-scale progress against urgent and complex social problems. We also have a culture that fosters and supports inter-departmental sharing and collaboration to achieve targeted outcomes and nurture a collaborative relationship between the executive branch and city council.

The high-performing cities formal recognition will take place May 1 at the 2018 Summit on Government Performance & Innovation, an annual gathering of 650 innovators, public sector change-agents, and 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:

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Governing is a division of e.Republic, the nation’s only media and research company focused exclusively on state and local government and education.


About Living Cities:

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