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Eight Organizations to Graduate from the Innovation Academy in Tulsa

by Toni Shope

The Innovation Academy is a tested framework to strengthen the culture of innovation in organizations and provide support for developing innovative project in communities. 

Last August, eight organizations set out on their journey to participate in the Alliance Innovation Academy.   Congratulations to the following who will join 36 organizations who have participated:

  • Town of Belleair, FL
  • City of Grande Prairie, AB
  • Glynn County, GA
  • Durham County, NC
  • Loudoun County, VA
  • Salisbury, NC
  • Las Vegas, NV
  • Virginia Beach, VA

Beginning in August 2016, these eight organizations formed a team and meet monthly with their colleagues from across North America.  Through interactive virtual sessions, an Innovation Playbook, assessments provided, and a team mentor they were able to apply their learning to an internal project that has lasting impact on their organizations.  

The curriculum consisted of learning about What is Innovation, Setting the Stage to Build a Culture of Innovation, Problem Solving/Opportunity Clarification, Idea Generating, Prototyping and Experimentation, and Implementation, Evaluations and Scaling. 

Many of the participating organization chose to have the Alliance for Innovation come onsite to their organizations and conduct additional training with their leadership team. 

The Academy graduates and the Innovation Academy program will be highlighted at the upcoming Transforming Local Government Conference in Tulsa, Oklahoma, April 19-21st.  Two sessions you might want to check out include: 

  • Wednesday, April 19th 11:30 – 12:30 pm – Innovation Academy Alumni Session (Featuring three alumni organizations)
  • Friday, April 21st 9:00 – 10:00 – Innovation Academy Project Rapid Fire Session

To learn more about the conference and to register you can go to   If you are interested in participating in the Innovation Academy Class of 2018, registration is now open.  Visit or email Toni Shope at to sign up today.  

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Alliance for Innovation; Phoenix, AZ