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Seimens and the Alliance for Innovation Partner to Bring Great Thinkers and Practitioners Together at BIG Ideas 2017

This year, the beautiful city of Raleigh, North Carolina was the perfect place to come together with civic leaders from around North America to ponder the philosophical and practical ideas with which they are confronted in an ever-evolving framework for local governments, what the Brookings Institute would call “New Localism.”  In an age where the innovation in local governments is framed in terms of technology, it was refreshing to take some time to consider the innovation happening in terms of policy and leadership. The role of local governments in our collective future is currently evolving into a global network that is being confronted with new opportunities and challenges every day. Once again, the Alliance for Innovation was in a unique position to explore one of those opportunities in one of the most innovative and unique settings in the industry. This event brought together great thinkers and practitioners from across the local government spectrum - including elected officials, professional managers, departments heads, academics, and the private sector - to discuss a serious issue in our country that dates back to the Declaration of Independence: the role and, most importantly, how these decisions can impact our lives in real ways from energy usage and the Internet to including autonomous vehicles in urban planning. Increasing State and Federal preemption of local government’s rights and their ability to generate revenue was front and center this year, as well as ideas on how to manage these challenges. When design thinking meets long-term and complex problems, the outcome is always surprising and wonderful to see unfold. siemens300x200.jpg If you’d like to read more about the topic, click here for the Alliance’s recap of the discussion and a framework that could apply to communities’ struggles between pre-emption and local authority. Siemens is dedicated to working with the public and private sectors to improve lives and create perfect places in our cities, towns, and villages. In North America, we have helped hundreds of cities achieve their goals, and learning more about their challenges is always a great opportunity for us. This is what makes our relationship with BIG Ideas so relevant.

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Municipal World Partners with the Alliance for Innovation

The Alliance for Innovation is pleased to welcome Municipal World into our Corporate Partners Program.

What is the Alliance Corporate Partner Program?

The Alliance Corporate Partner Program seeks to support the Alliance's mission to be the Premier Resource for Emerging Practices. As members of our Corporate Partner Program private and non-profit partners provide educational content with free regional workshops, free national webinars, and Solutions Jouranl case study articles. Corporate Partners offer unique products, consulting and training specifically tailored to benefit Alliance members and provide solutions in a credible, non-commercial environment.

Please review the impressive list of Alliance Corporate Partners. Contact the Corporate Partner Liaison, Karen Leone at or the Regional Director in your area for more information, introductions, and to schedule virtual demonstrations.


Our Corporate Partners

This group of businesses deliver local government solutions with passion for excellence in public service, dedication to improve community processes and service deliver, and commitment to accelerate innovation with flexible, scalable solutions (Listed in Alphabetical Order).

Balancing Act

Balancing Act is a fun, easy way for residents to learn about public budgets and the choices elected officials face. Participants try allocating funds and balancing the budget.

Center for Priority Based Budgeting

CPBB transforms the way local governments define success in their communities and marshal the resources to bring about its achievement.

Drucker Institute

The Drucker Playbook for the Public Sector equips local government leaders with tools for individual, team and organizational effectiveness. Based on a model of leadership as a marriage of vision, management, performance and character, the playbook’s seven modules share practical, drucker-based lessons that participants implement in their agencies, as well as for their own professional development. The Drucker Institute, a social enterprise based at claremont graduate university, helps organizational leaders from across all sectors successfully meet their greatest challenges and opportunities by making monday different.


eCivis is the leading cloud-based grant management system in the nation for state, local, and tribal governments.


Envisio takes the implementation process to the next level by engaging all your staf and aligning departmental operations with your city’s strategic priorities.

Government Leadership Solutions

Government Leadership Solutions helps local governments develop workplace cultures that attract top talent.

HdL Companies

Founded in 1983, HdL maximizes local government revenues by providing audits, analytical services and enterprise software products. Audit and management consulting services include sales, use and transaction taxes, property taxes, transient occupancy taxes and marijuana regulation and taxation.  Serving both the city, special district and county markets, hdl audits every major stream of government revenue to ensure your agency receives the proper allocations from the distributing authority. Over 33 years, HdL has amassed a comprehensive database of historical tax revenues facilitating customized forecasts of municipal tax revenues within 2-3% of actual performance. Services also include business license outsourcing and economic development services. Visit HdL companies' website to learn more.


Huelife is a human capital consulting firm that specializes in design and facilitation of transformational change


The Institute for Building Technology and Safety (IBTS) assists municipalities with efficient service delivery through public-non-profit partnerships and regional service agreements, offering the following services: building and community development, energy and sustainability services, disaster planning and recovery, quality assurance, as well as compliance and risk monitoring. Learn more about our services:

Management Partners

Management Partners is a professional management consulting firm specializing in helping government leaders improve their operations. We identify problems and best practices that reveal ways to increase organizational effectiveness. Learn more by visiting Management Partners website. 

The Mejorando Group

The experts at the mejorando group are skilled at helping government organizations achieve optimal performance. We provide a range of organizational improvement consulting services including strategic planning, leadership development and executive coaching. We are one of the leading experts in designing and implementing talent management and award-winning succession planning programs. Learn more about the mejorando group or contact Patrick Ibarra at 925-518-0187. Follow the mejorando group on Facebook.

Municipal World

Municipal World Inc. is a Canadian media brand that has worked to connect municipalities with the information, products, services, and people they need since 1891. The Municipal World Job Board, RFP and Bid Listings, Business Portal, BookShop, eFocus, MWXtra, and municipal supplies are among the company's numerous offerings. The flagship monthly magazine, Municipal World, has been continuously published since 1891 - longer than any other municipal magazine in the world.  Founded in 1891, the magazine is devoted to promoting effective municipal government. You can read a brief summary of the publication’s long history and deep connections to local government in Canada here.

National Joint Powers Alliance

NJPA’s cooperative contract purchasing leverages the national purchasing power of more than 50,000 member agencies while also streamlining the required purchasing process. As a municipal national contracting agency, NJPA establishes and provides nationally leveraged and competitively solicited purchasing contracts under the guidance of the Uniform Municipal Contracting Law. Joint Powers laws enable members to legally purchase through our awarded contracts. We offer our Members contract purchasing solutions that are leveraged nationally to enable contracted suppliers and member agencies to work smarter and more efficient as they do business with each other. NJPA does this by establishing a business and service alliance between member buyers and contracted suppliers ensuring a valued and successful national cooperative contract program. Download our About Us brochure to learn more about our joint powers authority. Locally in Minnesota, NJPA is one of 9 Minnesota Service Cooperatives that offers regional focused programs for our government and education members that comprise an area known as “Region 5.” We successfully aid our local members in the planning, development and provision of valued services in a vast array of fields.

Peak Democracy

Peak Democracy, Inc's open town hall is a cloud-based online civic engagement platform that augments and diversifies public participation in ways that build public trust in government. Hundreds of government agencies have used open town hall to power more than 2,600 online forums that have attracted over 380,000 online attendees. For more information go to:, email:, or call 866-535-8894.

Rebecca Ryan

Ms. Rebecca Ryan is the founder and co-owner of next generation consulting and the author of Regeneration: A Manifesto for America's Future Leaders (2013) and Live First, Work Second: Getting Inside the Head of the Next Generation (2007), the latter being considered a must read by city leaders Ryan has been named "Entrepreneur of the Year" by the U.S. Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship, "Communicator of the Year" by Women in Communication, and a Top 100 Most Influential by Accounting Today. She lives in Madison, Wisconsin. Learn more about her at


SAFEbuilt partners with 500+ communities across the country for the efficient delivery of privatized community development services for both short- and long-term solutions by helping communities redefine service, rethink staffing and realize savings, including: Full-service building department administration Supplemental plan reviews & inspections Code enforcement Planning & zoning Permitting software solutions We are celebrating 25-years of successful business making SAFEbuilt nationally recognized as one of the fastest growing providers of privatized services in the us.  Learn more at or call 970-646-2985

Sciens Consulting

Sciens LLC offers management and technology advisory services for local government. For nearly 30 years, we have work closely with our clients to assess and align organizations, processes and technologies with the goal of improving productivity and efficiencies. Our high ethical standards, client care, and independent counsel ensure minimal disruption and the optimal outcome for our clients.  The consultants at Sciens can be reached at 888-898-3468,,


The Building Technologies Division of Siemens Industry, Inc. (SBT)is the world market leader for safe, reliable, and energy-efficient (“smart”) buildings and infrastructures. As a service provider, system integrator, and product manufacturer, our solutions, services, and expertise include a totally integrated portfolio that allows us to help optimize building automation, fire safety and security systems, hvac, air quality, power distribution and management, and energy efficiency for all buildings.As a true full-service Energy Services Company (ESCO), SBT provides our customers with the industry’s most comprehensive end-to-end energy solutions – from energy reduction to production and procurement – enabling you to best achieve all of your city energy and water goals while positively impacting the economy and environment.Siemens extensive expertise in guaranteed performance-based solutions, combined with our scalable, proven portfolio, allows us to most efficiently and effectively meet the needs of all communities, including small-, medium-, and large-sized cities. Visit Siemens' website to learn more.

Slate Communications

Slate Communications is a different kind of marketing/public relations firm. We work almost exclusively with local governments and public agencies, offering communications, marketing, and creative services to supplement in house staff or act as a third party firm. Informed residents make for great communities. We do that. Click here to learn more.


We're active members of the communities we serve. That's why at Stantec, we always design with community in mind.

ViewPoint Cloud

For over 20 years, ViewPoint has been helping government agencies adopt better technology.


At Zelos, we facilitate discovery through customized consulting, training and coaching. We help governments and non-profits discover how to build and communicate clear strategies; how to develop and activate strong leaders; how to create and engage high-performing teams; how to deliver stellar customer experience—all so that our clients can meet their missions and achieve their visions.Our team members are experts in their fields who have distinguished careers in and around the public sector, and we each pledge to bring fresh ideas and deliver exceptional services. When we work with you, we are doing the work we love, and it shows. Learn more at

Local Government Solutions Journal

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Corporate Partnership Opportunities

The Alliance welcomes Corporate Partnerships with innovative private sector and nonprofit organizations. We encourage companies providing proven or emerging technologies, products, training, and/or consulting services specific to local government to contact Karen Leone, Corporate Partner Liaison at or call 602.496.1095. 

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