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Northern California cities share and learn!

Northern California cities participate in the Alliance Ideas and Cultural Exchange event at the City of Palo Alto, CA - November 18, 2015

Just before the Holiday the Alliance hosted an Ideas and Cutlural Exchange at the member City of Palo Alto to discuss the top challenges each of their organiziations were facing. Representatives from the following cities and organizations participated: 

  • Hayward

  • Mountain View

  • Los Altos Hills

  • Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority

  • Santa Clara Valley Water District

  • Redwood City

  • Brisbane

  • Menlo Park

  • San Mateo County

  • Half Moon Bay

  • Rancho Cucamonga 

Challenges Identified:  

  • “The new normal” Doing more with less

  • Employee Engagement

  • Community Engagement

  • Housing

  • Creating a culture of innovation

  • Community trust

  • Transportation

  • Customer service

  • Diversity and inclusion

  • Expanding organizational capacity   

Resonating discussions resulted in the sharing of ideas such as using blogs to commuicate with the community, committing to a talent exchange program to enhance the skills and development of staff, and even modeling diversity when interviewing new potential hires. Look out for upcoming issues of the Alliiance Transformations newsetter where some of the top ideas from this forum will be further highlighted! 

Upcoming Forums will occur in Washington, West Hollywood, and Oregon in 2016! Check out the Alliance calendar to stay up to date. I am looking forward to continuing to connect with Alliance members face to face throughout the West Region! 

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