Property tax caps aren't helping

Texas is the latest state to pass or amend legislation capping the amount cities’ revenue from property taxes can increase year to year. In this episode, we discuss the fallout from this type of legislation in states across the country—and what cities can do in response.

Are we doing this right? – Fire Departments

We’re starting a new series on the Go Cultivate! podcast called “Are We Doing This Right?” Once a month we’ll pick a topic – some element of the way we design or operate our cities – and honestly ask the question: Are we doing this right? This month's topic: fire departments.

Episode 24 – Your city's resource gap (and what you can do about it)

Running a city is hard work, and it’s even harder when there aren’t enough resources to cover basic service and infrastructure needs. More and more cities are finding themselves in this tricky spot, and it’s easy for city leaders to feel overwhelmed.

In this episode, we talk about the challenges facing city administrators (as well as their staff) who are increasingly stretched thin by their city's growing resource gap. Then we discuss what they can do about it.

Episode 18 – Monte Anderson on incremental development (Part 1)

We’ve talked about the value of small investments on this podcast before, and in this episode we sit down with someone whose name is synonymous with small, incremental development—Monte Anderson, CEP of Options Real Estate. Monte is a developer, small-business booster, and co-founder of the Incremental Development Alliance. 

In part one of this discussion, we talk about the ways Monte is trying to help communities build wealth one incremental development at a time, how small development can address affordable housing needs, the importance of finding a low-risk entry point for people who want to own their own business, and much more.