Running Cities Like A Business

Former Albuquerque Mayor Martin J. Chavez writes that the great success of Mayor Bloomberg's PlanNYC is due in large part to a process that borrowed key principles from the business world.

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April 20, 2010, 12:00 PM PDT

By Don_Knapp_ICLEI_USA


Chavez writes that cost-benefit analysis and accountability were just some of the business tactics the Bloomberg administration applied. "At every step in the creation of PlaNYC, rigorous data collection and analysis was a key ingredient. From current and projected capacity of transit lines to asthma hospitalization rates by borough, thorough research and analysis pinpointed the City's challenges and shaped the plan's goals. Mayor Bloomberg set high standards for the initiatives and made it clear he wouldn't allow pet projects or those that either failed to demonstrate adequate return on investment or strong focus on the overall goal. But the plan wasn't only developed through analyzing the numbers-it was created with input from a diversity of stakeholders through the largest public outreach process undertaken in recent city history."

Thanks to Don Knapp

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