What We're Reading and Following This Week
Route Fifty’s Navigator Awards are back for 2017
Route Fifty is beginning the process for this year's Navigator Awards — The awards will once again feature a Government Allies and Cross-Sector Partners category, and nominations are due in June. For discussion of the importance of awards that celebrate cross-sector successes, see our blog post A win-win situation.
Engineers give America's infrastructure D+, again
The American Society of Civil Engineers has released its latest report card for infrastructure in the United States — a comprehensive assessment of current infrastructure conditions and needs in areas such as transportation, aviation, bridges, schools, and more. The overall grade for America’s infrastructure remained steady at a D+, although grades did rise in some infrastructure categories (such as Rail). For more on the critical issues and problems that need to be resolved to move U.S. infrastructure forward, see our report Infrastructure: An Intersector Issue.
Drawing on Detroit
SSIR recently released this supplement of content in collaboration with the University of Southern California Center on Philanthropy and Public Policy and The Kresge Foundation. Much of the content has to do with cross-sector collaboration, including Inventive approaches to urban problem solving and Roundtable: cross-sector leadership in Detroit.
The steady deconstruction of America's cities
This CityLab piece profiling a new book on gentrification doesn't specifically mention partnerships between public and private sectors, but it probes the public-private dynamics involved in shaping neighborhoods. Private involvement can be “great for areas that are floundering, but when city leaders become too reliant on the plans and dollars of the private sector, the people who had been living and working in these neighborhoods all along have no one to look out for them and the lives they’ve built. Private organizations have different interests and responsibilities when it comes to making plans to spruce up a neighborhood."
City of Somerville partners with non-profit to train residents in immigration advocacy
This government-non-profit partnership profiled in Nonprofit Quarterly brings together the City of Somerville and the Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition to create an immigration law course for citizens. The initiative represents an example of innovative cross-sector work springing up in response to the current political situation.