Perhaps the most difficult part of green infrastructure and urban forestry planning is simply getting started. Momentum, a lot of hard work, and strong partnerships are important first steps to creating a successful plan. Few communities have made progress without a strong, cohesive, and persistent group of allies that are all committed to a common goal. To sustain this sort of partnership demands strong leadership from individuals or organizations, a convening organization respected and trusted by all stakeholders, and continuing cooperation among agencies at all levels of government. New York City’s partnership between Mayor Michael Bloomberg and singer/actress Bette Midler serves as a classic example.