Private Sector

Walkways and escalator at crowded transit station, with one person walking a bike in foreground.

Best Practices for Outsourcing Transit Operations

Contracting with private sector vendors can help transit agencies improve efficiency and provide better service.

April 14, 2024 - Smart Cities Dive

Connected City

The Smart Cities Revolution Happened, but Cities Were Left Out of Loop

Cities have transformed in profound ways, but more recent changes were the last part of a series of technology waves.

February 19, 2020 - Governing

Texas Rail

Rural Residents Not on Board With Texas Bullet Train Plan

A proposal for high-speed rail from Houston to Dallas is highlighting the state’s social and political divisions.

October 30, 2018 - Curbed


Toward Better Public-Private Partnerships in Resilience Planning

The public sector and the private sector need a better system of incentives to deliver on the infrastructure and development investments necessary to prepare for climate change and other environmental threats.

August 22, 2017 - Smart Cities Dive

High Point, Seattle

Water-Smart Green Infrastructure: The Private Sector Steps Up

A new Urban Land Institute Report details the increasing implementation of citywide green infrastructure networks, including investments on both public and privately owned sites.

May 4, 2017 - Katharine Burgess

Manhattan Institute Presses Policy Innovations for 'The Next Urban Renaissance'

A new book from the Manhattan Institute, available for free download, argues that cities will have to full embrace experimentation and evaluation to be true laboratories of innovation.

October 15, 2015 - Manhattan Institute for Policy Research

One Detroit Rises, While the Other Falls

Monica Davey describes the divergent paths of Detroit's public and private sectors.

March 7, 2013 - The New York Times

The Top Private Sector Trends Changing Our Cities

Max Nisen discusses how cities like Boston and Edmonton are successfully applying popular trends from the private sector - on topics such as mobility, engagement, big data and innovation - and changing the way we live.

December 17, 2012 - Business Insider

Private Sector the First Stop in Public Project Fundraising

When Toronto City Councilor Kristyn Wong-Tam wanted to raise money for a street redesign project, she went directly to the private sector. They raised the money and recently released the master plan for their proposed street project.

July 13, 2011 - Globe and Mail

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