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Welcome New Members!


The Alliance for Innovation would like to extend a welcome our new members and corporate partners. By connecting these thought leaders, our strong network enables the Alliance to be the premier resource for emerging practices and help build cultures of innovation.

New Local Government Members:

City of Kerrville, TX

City Manager: Mark McDaniel

Follow: Twitter (@cityofkerrville) & Facebook (@KerrvilleTX)  

Nestled in the heart of the Texas Hill Country right along the gorgeous Guadalupe River, Kerrville, Texas, is a special paradise full of friendly people, where the air is always clean and fresh, and the low humidity climate is enjoyable year-round.

Kerrville has displayed steady growth to the present day. The town's economic base has diversified and broadened through business, agriculture, light manufacturing, health care, transportation services, education, the arts and tourism. By the mid-1990s the Wall Street Journal described Kerrville as one of the wealthiest small towns in America.[1]

Town of Chapel Hill, NC

Town Manager: Roger Stancil

Follow: Twitter (@chapelhillgov) & Facebook (@chapelhillgov)

The Town of Chapel Hill is a community where a diversity of ideas, people, and opportunities converge. It is a place where its citizens feel a vitality and pride that stem from Chapel Hill's history, traditions, and unique characteristics. Nicknamed the "Southern Part of Heaven," Chapel Hill was named after New Hope Chapel which stood upon a hill at the crossing of two primary roads (where The Carolina Inn currently stands). Town lots were auctioned in 1793 when work began on the first University building, although it was 1795 before any residents occupied permanent homes.

The population of 57,233 is diverse, consisting of University faculty and staff, students, business people, and retirees from all over the world, not to mention the native Chapel Hillians. The Town's transformation from a small, relatively rural, turn-of-the-century village to a thriving, cosmopolitan University city has occurred since 1940, largely in concert with corresponding growth and change in the University. In response to the demands of the rapidly growing population, Town government has undergone a thrust toward modern business professionalism to meet the higher levels of service needed. Between 1968-1978 the services of Parks and Recreation, Planning, Personnel, Transportation and the Public Library were added to Town government.[2] 

City of Victoria, MN

City Manager: Laurie Hokkanen

Follow: Twitter (@VictoriaMNCity) & Facebook (@VictoriaMNCity)

The name Victoria goes back to 1856, when after several years of disagreement the families located on the north side of Lake Bavaria and those on the south side reached an agreement. Two families on the north side donated 30 acres of land for the church and at the suggestion of the southern faction, the church was named St. Victoria, a favored saint among three families from the south faction. In 1857, steamboats began to make periodic trips from St. Paul to Chaska and some businessmen established themselves in Chaska. They carried supplies, which earlier settlers had to travel to St. Paul to get.[3] 

Victoria has been nicknamed "The City of Lakes and Parks" because it has over 200 acres (0.81 km2) of reserved land, thirteen parks and nine lakes within its borders. Victoria is also home to the 1,800-acre (7.3 km2) Carver Park Reserve.[4] 

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