Congratulations to the Innovation Academy Class of 2015

ARTICLE | Apr 10, 2015

The Alliance for Innovation will recognize the Innovation Academy Class during the 2015 TLG Conference in Phoenix, AZ April 13-15th. 

  • Adams County, CO
  • Aspen, CO
  • Campbell, CA
  • Catawba County, NC
  • Decatur, GA
  • Downers Grove, IL
  • Federation of Canadian Municipalities
  • Fort Collins, CO
  • Mankato, MN
  • Maricopa, AZ
  • Rancho Cordova, CA

Teams from these eleven communities participate in a virtual curriculum designed to strengthen the culture of innovation in their organizations and simultaneously develop an innovative project in their community.   The learning objectives of the Innovation Academy include:

  1. Understand the innovation process and how to integrate it into your organization.
  2. Build cross functional teams which have the capacity to address organizational and community issues.
  3. Expand organizational capacity for ongoing innovation.
  4. Learn more about your organizational culture and how to cultivate leadership.
  5. Undertake a new project which will make a contribution to the organization and/or address a community issue.
  6. As Innovation Academy alumni have the opportunity in the future to serve as a peer mentor and/or in innovation academy sessions.

“The Innovation Projects that the Class of 2015 undertook were amazing! From downtown place making, to human subject research or bi-lingual training for staff – this class used data to study and address issues in their communities and organizations” states Karen Thoreson, Alliance President.

To learn more about a few of their team projects check out their videos on the Alliance for Innovation YouTube Channel.  Also, join the Rapid Fire session at the TLG Conference on Wednesday, April 15th at 9:00 am. 

The Alliance for Innovation will be recruiting for the Class of 2016 over the summer months.  For more information contact Toni Shope, Strategic Initiatives Director at

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