Regulatory Reform for the 21st Century City

Regulatory Reform for the 21st Century City
Working with U.S. cities, the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation is building an inventory of regulatory best practices that will support local governments in streamlining regulatory processes, while at the same time supporting local and regional economic development.

This Smith Richardson Foundation funded research will be a resource for those U.S. and international cities looking to learn more about regulatory reform, as well as those interested in replicating and adapting best practices to streamline regulatory development, licensing and permitting, and compliance in their own city.

Given the importance of small businesses for job creation in American cities and the opportunity for growth in entrepreneurialism, cities should be considering how local regulations might affect growth and look for ways to reduce red tape in order to further stimulate local, regional, and, ultimately, the national economy.

In large part, the regulatory framework has simply grown over time without rigorous challenging of the rationale. In addition, digital technology, analytics, data sharing, and interconnectedness can change the way citizens interact with their environments and businesses interact in the marketplace.

These themes, as well as others, will be explored through this exciting research initiative. All knowledge will be disseminated through this website for governments, policy experts, stakeholders, and those interested in gaining more information about this important economic development topic.

If your city or a city you know is working on regulatory reform, has a regulatory best practice in place, or is facing challenges in this area, please contact us. Regulatory Reform case studies and other information can be found on the Innovation Program's Data-Smart City Solutions website. 

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Regulatory Reform for the 21st Century City Staff:  
Principal Investigator – Stephen Goldsmith