Governing Magazine recently issued an article focusing on How some cities are getting real innovation; good procurement policies, dated July 18, 2014. In the article it states how Barcelona, Italy is increasing competition for city contracts by changing from a design specification approach to a performance based procurement approach. Providing the experts, the business community, an opportunity to develop and propose innovative solutions, for example; reducing bike thefts or detecting potholes. Performance based contracting has been discussed for years, but governments remain in a highly-specification driven framework. Change is difficult, and it may take additional thought leaders or assistance for transformation. NIGP Consulting, with its certified public professionals understands the challenges and has lived the challenges and can assist in each element of the transformation process.