Celebrating Progress and Looking Ahead

An Update From the Alliance for Innovation Interim President & CEO

ARTICLE | Apr 13, 2018
by Katy Simon Holland

To all our members, Corporate Partners, and Friends of the Alliance for Innovation:

As we move forward to implement our exciting new Business Plan and Strategic Framework, Alliance 3.0, we have committed to keep you updated. The following are some recent highlights of what we have been doing to serve you with even better programs and services:

  • We held a very successful Transforming Local Government Conference in Tacoma, Washington last week with almost 600 participants attending 40+ sessions. The Town of Innisfil, Ontario, Canada received the Havlick Innovation Award for their partnership with Uber to deliver their public transit service, and the City of Austin, TX received the Muehlenbeck Innovation Award for their project using robotics to reduce the amount of waste going into their landfill. Congrats to all our innovation award winners and participants, and thank you Tacoma Host Committee and Planning Committee members for a great conference! We all look forward to next year's conference in Reno, Nevada--make your plans now to attend TLG 2019, April 9-12, 2019.

  • At the conference, we also had 10 organizations graduate from the Innovation Academy. We have opened up application for the Class of 2019 (August 2018 - March 2019) - contact us at academy@transformgov.org to find out more about the programs and to reserve your spot. Space is limited.

  • We opened the recruitment for our next President and CEO, following the retirement of Karen Thoreson. Applications should be submitted to Sharon Klump or Anne Lewis with Springsted|Waters at https://springsted-waters.recruitmenthome.com/postings/1907/ by April 20.

  • The Alliance for Innovation Board met in Tacoma and voted unanimously to expand our partnership with Arizona State University in order to enhance the innovation programs and services to our members. For the third year in a row, ASU has been named the most innovative academic institution in the US and the #2 ranked program in local government management by US News and World Report.

  • The Alliance for Innovation Board also voted unanimously to pursue a new affiliation agreement with ICMA, versus a partnership, and to work collaboratively going forward on how each of us can best serve our members.

In the coming months, we will be:

  • Hiring and onboarding our new CEO,

  • Beginning a return-on-investment analysis of all our programs,

  • Continuing to offer our outstanding virtual learning events and regional workshops on Facilitative Leadership and other topics,

  • Recruiting for the 2018-19 Class of the Innovation Academy,

  • Completing plans for our BIG Ideas Conference in Austin, TX (October 25-26) to dig deeper into innovative strategies for addressing the Opioid Crisis,

  • Launching new ways for members to connect with us and with each other through volunteer service on Alliance Committees, and

  • Continuing to support innovators in forums that include nextERA, Chief Innovation Officers, Lean Six Sigma, Performance Analytics and additional consortiums.

As always, we look forward to hearing from you to let us know how we can best support you on your innovation journey, as together we help build a bright future for our communities. I am always happy to hear from members, so please don't hesitate to email me at ksimon@transformgov.org.

All best wishes,

Katy Simon Holland, MA, ICMA-CM

Interim President/CEO

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