Local leaders know that progress and problem-solving require collaboration. Historic federal investments through the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA), Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL), and Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) have made it more important than ever to leverage the expertise, resources, and innovation of the private and public sectors to build a better future.

That’s why NLC created the Capstone Challenge Series, a program that brings together NLC member cities and strategic partners to create solutions to the real needs of municipalities. Through this program, groups of cities and private sector partners work together on a variety of projects over the course of eight months. For example, in this year’s cohort, Accela worked with Louisville, KY to create a foreclosure registration and tracker and mySidewalk partnered with Tampa, FL and Brighton, CO to provide data needed to apply for federal grants.

This report dives into the details of each project. NLC member cities are invited to explore the case studies developed through the program and consider opportunities and examples of public-private partnerships.