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Partnering with UMANT for Dallas Idea Exchange

Attendees discuss what stood out to them from the speakers

The Alliance for Innovation partnered with the Urban Management Assistants of North Texas (UMANT) to host another idea exchange on September 22 in Allen, TX around the topics of the workforce of the future/innovative cultures, community policing and citizen engagement.  

We opened up with 3 great speakers around the topics:

  • Workforce of the Future/Innovative Culture:  Leonard Martin, City Manager for City of Carrollton
  • Citizen Engagement:  Larry Schooler, Community Engagement Manager for the City of Austin
  • Community Policing:  Brian E. Harvey is the Chief of Police for the City of Allen
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Chief Brian Harvey discussing community policing


Chief Harvey discussed what community policing looks like. Traditional policing is reactive while community policing is about building trust and innovative solutions to public safety challenges. It’s about determining what is important to the community when it comes to policing.  Larry Schooler showcased Austin's citizen engagement philosophy, discussing TVTownHalls, ConversationCorps, a volunteer group of facilitators. Public participation is based on the belief that those who are affected by a decision need to have an impact on it.  Finally, Leonard Martin discussed why he doesn't look to hire department leaders with just expertise but looks for those that have management and leadership tools to lead the departments.  He grows leaders in the organization that fit the culture instead of hiring outside.

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Larry Schooler discussing Austin's approach to citizen engagement

After a short break, attendees were then able to engage with each speaker to ask questions and discuss what projects and ideas they are doing in their communities related to the topic.  

The Alliance is already planning to partner with UMANT on another event in the Spring 2017.

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