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City of Port St. Lucie City University Recognized as 2017 Harvard Ash Center Bright Idea in Government

Post Date:01/18/2017

City of Port St. Lucie
121 S.W. Port St. Lucie Blvd.
Port St. Lucie, FL 34984

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City of Port St. Lucie City University Recognized as 2017 Harvard Ash Center Bright Idea in Government

PORT ST. LUCIE (Jan. 18, 2017) – The Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, recognized today the City of Port St. Lucie City University as part of the 2017 Bright Ideas in Government initiative.

City University is part of a cohort that includes programs from all levels of government — school districts, county, city, state, federal agencies, and tribal nations, as well as public-private partnerships — that represent the next horizon in government work to improve services, solve problems, and work on behalf of citizens.

“In the world of public service, nothing is more gratifying than creating programs and services that provide significant value and interest to the community. Receiving special recognition for those accomplishments brings the gratification to the next level,” said Carmen Capezzuto, director for Port St. Lucie’s Neighborhood Services Department. “The City is fortunate to have a dedicated professional staff that can articulate the technical aspects of the work we do in a manner that can be easily shared with the public.”

The City of Port St. Lucie implemented City University in 2016. City University is a six-week program which gives the residents the opportunity to learn about their city government. Participants learn about a wide variety of topics including how decisions are made, how city funds are allocated and how departments operate. The class is offered two times a year and is free to the residents of Port St. Lucie.

“These programs demonstrate that there are no prerequisites for doing the good work of governing,” said Stephen Goldsmith, director of the Innovations in American Government Program at the Ash Center. “Small towns and massive cities, huge federal agencies and local school districts, large budgets or no budgets at all — what makes government work best is the drive to do better, and this group proves that drive can be found anywhere.”

This is the fifth cohort recognized through the Bright Ideas program, an initiative of the broader Innovations in American Government Awards program. For consideration as a Bright Idea, programs must currently be in operation or in the process of launching, have sufficient operational resources, and must be administered by one or more governmental entities; nonprofit, private sector, and union initiatives are eligible if operating in partnership with a governmental organization.

Bright Ideas are showcased on the Ash Center’s Government Innovators Network, an online platform for practitioners and policymakers to share innovative public policy solutions. Please visit the Government Innovators Network at for the full list of Bright Ideas programs, and for more information regarding the Innovations in American Government Awards.

About the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation

The Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation advances excellence in governance and strengthens democratic institutions worldwide. Through its research, education, international programs, and government innovations awards, the Center fosters creative and effective government problem solving and serves as a catalyst for addressing many of the most pressing needs of the world’s citizens. For more information, visit


The City of Port St. Lucie is proud to be a hometown where people live, learn, work and play, and celebrate all of life’s opportunities. With over 179,000 residents, Port St. Lucie is Florida’s eighth largest city by population (South Florida’s 3rd largest city). The City occupies an area of 120 square miles in St. Lucie County on Florida’s east coast, about 50 miles north of West Palm Beach, half way between Miami and Orlando. The City provides most traditional municipal services including law enforcement, water and sewer, and public works. For more information, please visit:

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