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    DC Water and Sewer Authority Launches Nation's First Environmental Impact Bond

    September 29, 2016

    On September 29, the DC Water and Sewer Authority issued the nation’s first Environmental Impact Bond. This $25 million bond issuance funded the initial green infrastructure installation in DC Water’s Clean Rivers Project – a project that aims to reduce combined sewage overflows (CSOs) into the Anacostia River, Potomac River, and Rock Creek tributaries. ...

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    Increasing Vendor Diversity in St. Paul, Minnesota

    April 13, 2017

    Through the What Works Cities Initiative, GPL Assistant Director Jen North and Senior Advisor Greg Wass worked with the city of St. Paul, Minnesota to engage vendors, increase the number of vendor responses, and improve competition. Read more about how the city is building on these efforts to increase its vendor diversity and better understand why it wasn’t adequately reaching small, women- or minority-owned businesses. Read more.

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    What Excellence Looks Like in Local Government

    March 30, 2017

    In a recent brief, HKS Professor Stephen Goldsmith describes the GPL's results-driven contracting work with the Boston Department of Public Works as one of his "case studies of platinum practices" highlighting jurisdictions that have made dramatic progress on initiative criteria such as measuring outcomes, impacts, or cost-effectiveness of key procurements and contracts....

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    Governing: How Cities Can Get Strategic About Procurement

    July 18, 2018

    In her latest commentary for Governing’s Better, Faster, Cheaper blog, Program Director Hanna Azemati describes the GPL’s work with the city of Louisville, KY to establish a strategic procurement system. According to Louisville’s director of purchasing, this system has helped the city “elevate the importance of procurement, build trust, and earn credibility” by prioritizing, structuring, evaluating, and managing critical contracts more effectively. ...

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    We Are Commons: Tackling Homelessness in Seattle with Data-Driven Tools

    July 13, 2018

    "The city of Seattle, Washington has been changing the way they deal with homeless populations, and gathering data to drive some evidenced-based solutions. Now, with clear incentives and data collection, employees have a path forward for helping the homeless." Journalist Rebecca Gale discusses the GPL’s What Works Cities project to improve homelessness outcomes through results-driven contracting in Seattle. ...

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    Bridging the Gap Between Residents and Opportunity in Charleston, South Carolina

    March 5, 2019

    The GPL worked with the City of Charleston, South Carolina to draft a results-driven RFP to identify a developer to build a high-quality, affordable housing on City land. By involving multiple departments in planning and writing the RFP as well as engaging with over 100 key stakeholders — including city staff, community representatives, developers, and nonprofits — the resulting procurement...

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