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Cutting-Edge Agencies: How Organizational Structure Enables Projects to Get Done, and Done Well

The world of urban transportation is changing quickly, with an increasing need to adapt to new technologies and break down barriers to enact multi-disciplinary projects and policies. But city governments and their agencies are stable institutions, changing slowly and at great effort. What can we learn from cities that have seen success in changing their organizational structure and culture to meet changing demands?

In this session, we will hear from cities across a range of sizes and situations (e.g. those with a DOT, those with a DPW, and those in the process of change) on the pros and cons of different institutional arrangements to get things done. From a new Department of Transportation in Oakland, to Seattle reorganizing to deliver on the city’s 10-year strategic vision, Move Seattle, cities across the country are reorganizing to create the streets of tomorrow.