Commentary

In 2016 Rio de Janeiro will host the Summer Olympics, the first time a South American city will host the games. In 2014, Brazil hosted the World Cup, with the central venue for the tournament located in Rio. Now, Rio has been named one of the world's Top 7 Intelligent Communities of 2015, as determined by the Intelligent Community Forum (ICF). As connectivity becomes increasingly paramount to a community's economic prosperity and democratic inclusivity, Rio is leading the way on digital innovation. As a host of major international sporting events, Rio has leveraged public and private funding to build legacy facilities and programs that will continue to benefit both its rich and disenfranchised residents for years to come. Read more...

Canadian economic updates and forecasts tend to pit East versus West, with the latest iteration seeing Alberta suffering at the hands of plummeting oil prices while a low Canadian dollar ignites hope of a rebounding manufacturing industry in Ontario. Wedged between East and West is the province of Manitoba. With one of the highest immigration rates in Canada relative to population, a real GDP growth rate of 2.4% (above Canada's 2.0% growth), and major infrastructure projects underway across the province, Manitoba is no Canadian afterthought. At the heart of this central province are its vibrant towns and cities, with Winnipeg anchoring the region's economy. Like all cities across Canada, Manitoba's communities are challenged with balancing growth and renewal with limited fiscal capacity. PSD spoke with Manitoba's new Minister of Municipal Government, Drew Caldwell, to find out what the provincial government is doing to contribute to the development of strong communities and how infrastructure renewal and asset management fit into their long-term plan. Read more...

Public investment in infrastructure projects directly addresses the infrastructure deficit while creating jobs and contributing to economic growth. With such a powerful policy impact, it is no wonder that governments at all levels embrace infrastructure spending. Canada's federal government is no different, with a series of infrastructure funding announcements trailing Prime Minister Stephen Harper as he travels the nation in advance of next year's fall election. Today in London Ontario, the Prime Minister announced a new $5.8 billion infrastructure fund, with $5.3 billion earmarked for modernizing and repairing national infrastructure assets across the country. The remaining $500 million will be allocated to the repair and construction of on-reserve schools. Read more...

Featured Research Articles

Place branding is a relatively new practice emerging in municipalities around the world. Increased globalization means that the competition for foreign direct investment, talent, and tourism has be-come much greater. This pressure has forced municipalities to re-evaluate their investment attraction strategies and how they are positioning their communities for growth. Place branding has emerged as one strategy to support local economic development. Read more...

All successful organizations must evolve to meet a changing environment. Canada's Public Service is no different. It is adapting to meet Canada's needs, while respecting our code of values and ethics to maintain public confidence in the integrity of the federal Public Service. Over the past several years, our focus has been on renewing and transforming the federal public service, delivering on a dynamic policy agenda, and re-engineering many of our internal and external services. We have made significant progress in positioning our institution for the future. Read more...

In the past decade, cities across the United States have moved to improve efficiencies and consistently benchmark departmental performance through the implementation of performance management systems. While measuring, benchmarking, and managing performance seem like essential processes to any organization, applying these functions across far-reaching and sometimes over-extended municipalities proves to be a challenging but necessary undertaking. Such an undertaking requires realignment and innovation over time to meet the city's needs. When Michael A. Nutter was elected the Mayor of Philadelphia in 2008, he outlined five Strategic Goals for the City of Philadelphia... Read more...