Research methods and strategies. Rather than concentrate on an ideal definition, the identification of traits, or a single influential person, this dissertation explores public entrepreneurship as an evolutionary process that follows various functional stages to produce and sustain an innovation. Through nine case investigations, the process by which local governments engage in entrepreneurial activities is analyzed. The environmental factors that lead to the entrepreneurial activity are examined. The influence of community attitudes towards innovation, risk and entrepreneurial activity is appraised. The extent to which a commonly shared vision supports the entrepreneurial activity is considered, as well as the relative importance of the various governmental officials in the creation, implementation, and institutionalization of the activity.