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Learn how local governments benefit from benchmarking with Envisio CEO Mike Bell.

OVERVIEW

Join Envisio CEO, Mike Bell to learn how local governments are using benchmarking to drive their performance. Mike will cover the benefits of Benchmarking for local governments, and introduce Envisio's new cloud-based comparative performance management solution, govBenchmark.

The takeaways for this webinar include:

  • Why benchmark? Learn how local governments can benefit from benchmarking against similar jurisdictions.
  • The features and benefits of membership in regional, state or special interest Benchmarking Networks.
  • A first look at Envisio's new comparative performance management solution, govBenchmark, and how it can help local governments best serve their community
Formats Available: webinar session
Original Product Date: June 30, 2017
On-Demand Release Date: Available Now
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A Look Ahead at Technology Trends and Their Impact on Our Communities

Emerging Digital DisruptionsA look ahead at technology trends and their impact on our communities from speakers that participated in the 2016 BIG Ideas Conference

 

OVERVIEW

Advancements in technology can be key to economic growth, connecting cultures and generally improving quality of life. How are communities leveraging the opportunities of this advancements and integrating them into their communities? Technological advancements can and will continue to transform the way we live.  

At the 2016 BIG Ideas Conference, thought-leaders from local government, the private sector, and academia convened to discuss the role of technology on our society.  There will be time at the end of the session for the panelists to hear your questions and provide feedback.

 

SPEAKERS

This webinar will feature several of the provocateurs from the 2016 BIG Ideas Conference:

  • Dustin Haisler, eRepublic
  • Matt Lesh, Coast Autonomous
  • Sandi Seader, City of Longmont, CO

 

Formats Available: Emerging Digital Disruptions: A Look Ahead at Technology Trends and Their Impact on Our Communities
Original Product Date: May 10, 2017
On-Demand Release Date: Available Now
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Green Purchasing That Is!

OVERVIEW

Many local governments have sustainability strategies and plans, but not very many have ones that successfully affect procurement policies. In June 2017, Arizona State University researchers released “Advancing Green Purchasing in Local Governments,” an analysis of the current state of “green” purchasing in local government and the best practices from around the country from those leading the way and achieving sustainable outcomes.

Join the Alliance for Innovation with a panel of Arizona State University professors, Stuart Bretschneider, Justin Stritch, Lily Hsueh, and Marina Estrella from the City of Phoenix, learning session on:

  • Overview of eight real-world recommendations for city officials to buy environmentally-friendly products
  • Why green purchasing is important for government procurement
  • How to stay involved and get further informed!

Want to be more sustainable? Local governments spend nearly $1.6 trillion on goods, accounting up to 25 to 40% of every tax dollar spent. If you want to make a sustainable impact on your community, just look at procurement practices. 

Formats Available: session package
Original Product Date: August 22, 2017
On-Demand Release Date: Available Now
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Collapse It Takes a Village: Organizational Training for Employees…by Employees

Stale and unstimulating lectures. Non-engaging learning materials. Adapted to only one learning style. 

If this feels like your local government organization’s internal training program, perhaps it’s time to re-imagine your approach and try some new tactics. The need for internal staff development programs is stronger than ever - learn from those on the leading edge of involving employees to help revitalize their programs.

From developing future organizational leaders to engaged teams, do you have a stronger asset than your very own staff?

Join Renae Madison from the City of Decatur, GA, and Nick Kittle speaking about a pilot program in Adams County, CO for a session about:

  • How to determine if an internal leadership program is right for your organization.
  • Learning about two approaches used to create a motivated team to take on the task of developing and delivering training.
  • Developing a program that breeds innovation and becomes sustainable.
  • Five things to implement now that are new and no/low cost
  • Experiencing and replicating life hack sessions

Review the City of Decatur, GA case study “E5 Academy” & Adams County, CO case study “Rethinking Training and Organizational Development

Formats Available: webinar session
Original Product Date: August 08, 2017
On-Demand Release Date: Available Now
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Alliance’s Innovation Academy Success Stories from the Class of 2017

WHAT MAKES THE INNOVATION ACADEMY SO SUCCESSFUL? TEAMS.

For the Alliance for Innovation, the most effective local government innovations come from teams, from collaboration. Since 2013, the Innovation Academy has graduated 44 teams from local governments across North America. Through guided learning and an applied project, self-selected innovation teams expanded their organizational capacity for innovation and cultivated leadership. 

As we head into the Class of 2018, we highlight some of the amazing accomplishments and ‘out of the box’ thinking from the Class of 2017!

Join the Alliance for Innovation and team members from Durham County, NC, City of Virginia Beach, VA and the City of Las Vegas, NV for some ‘How To’s’ on:

  • Fostering employee empowerment and initiative
  • Developing an approach to how the organization manages ideas
  • Implementing an Innovation Development Process
  • Building and promoting infrastructure necessary for a culture of innovation
  • Using technology to create a connected, downtown community 
  • Spurring economic opportunities and vibrancy by enhancing the community experience
Formats Available: webinar session
Original Product Date: June 30, 2017
On-Demand Release Date: Available Now
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“Measurement is the first step that leads to control and eventually to improvement. If you can’t measure something, you can’t understand it. If you can’t understand it, you can’t control it. If you can’t control it, you can’t improve it.” - H. James Harrington

Several local government organizations have begun adapting the private sector practice of Lean Six Sigma, a process improvement methodology that focuses on the elimination of waste and variation. Join us for a panel discussion with leading municipal governments that will share how application of the Lean Six Sigma methodology has increased their capacity to innovate, create and sustain a culture of continuous improvement. The panel will also share how you can introduce and spread the practice throughout your organization!

AGENDA

Join the Alliance and Julie Steenson, Kansas City, Guillermo Garcia, City of Dallas, and Karen Harrington, Aspen for discussion about:

  • Introduction to Consortium and Lean Practice
  • Culture Change
  • Deployment (Introducing the model)
  • Training (Spreading the model)
Formats Available: webinar session
Original Product Date: June 30, 2017
On-Demand Release Date: Available Now
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WHAT MAKES AN "A" LIST WORKPLACE?

Great workplaces attract great employees, who in turn build great communities. It’s something we all strive to achieve and celebrate. The Gallup Great Workplace Award, now in its 11th year, recognizes organizations that achieve performance excellence through cultures of engagement. Hear how Centennial, CO used the trifecta of employee engagement, strengths development, and performance results to become the first local government to receive the Gallup Great Workplace Award in 2017.

GET STARTED

Are you on the way to the 'A' List? Get started on your workplace transformation. Hear from Paula Gibson from the City of Centennial, CO and Gallup. You’ll learn about the path Centennial took to get on the “A” list, and what steps your organization can take now to get started. Gallup will also highlight their simplified employee engagement survey and great workplace award criteria, as well as the benefits of continuing to collaborate with local government.

OTHER KEY TAKEAWAYS

  • Steps you can take now to start your great workplace journey
  • How recognition serves as a great recruiting tool
  • Engagement linkages to performance management drives results
Formats Available: session package
Original Product Date: August 08, 2017
On-Demand Release Date: Available Now
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Leading Change and Fostering Innovation in a Disruptive World

Change for the sake of change is nonsense. But so is setting static standards that never change.” - Jerry Newfarmer, Founder Management Partners

In this Managers Forum session, we hear from new Alliance for Innovation Board Chair Shannon Flanagan-Watson, the Assistant County Manager of Arlington County, VA.  With over 20 years of combined experience working in and with local governments on a range of professional local government management issues, Shannon Flanagan-Watson shares what motivates her career in public service her first job was working in retail which taught her a lot about working with the public and why her first job working in retail taught her a lot about working with the public.  

Other Takeaways:

  • Learned leadership lessons
  • difference leading local government today than when she started her career
  • Which comes first – change or innovation?
  • The leadership skills needed to be effective during these times of uncertainty and disruption
Formats Available: Streaming
Original Product Date: May 23, 2017
On-Demand Release Date: Available Now
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Collapse Maximize Your Meetings: An Innovation Burst Series

Developed by Alliance partner Zelos, this session will help you develop the skills to Maximize Your Meetings. Throughout the four chapters, the Zelos team helps unravel distinct components of meetings facilitation such as the why, the need and is it worth it, providing the insights to make your next meeting well planned and well executed!

Series Takeaways:

  • How to define the purpose and outcomes before you meet. 
  • How to calculate the cost of your meeting.
  • How to consider and plan for meeting logistics.
  • How to manage common people challenges in the room.
Formats Available: Maximize Your Meetings: An Innovation Burst Series
Original Product Date: July 19, 2017
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Collapse The State of Performance Analytics in Local Governments

Kevin Desouza, Foundation Professor with the School of Public Affairs at Arizona State University shares an exploratory framework on performance data and analytics that will connect issues of strategy, technology, data governance, and analytical knowledge.

OVERVIEW

This webinar will cover performance analytics in local governments. Results from a recent survey conducted with Alliance of Innovation members will be shared. Implications for local governments will be discussed.

Join Kevin Desouza, Foundation Professor with the School of Public Affairs at Arizona State University as he shares his framework and connects issues of strategy, technology, data governance, and analytical knowledge.

SESSION TAKEAWAYS:

  • Understand the current state of performance analytics in local governments
  • Get actionable insights to help you increase your maturity in performance analytics 
Formats Available: webinar session
Original Product Date: June 30, 2017
On-Demand Release Date: Available Now
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How does your community address partnerships? Join the Alliance and IBTS for an OnDemand webinar on best practices in pursuing public/non-profit service partnerships in your community.

Communities, both large and small, will continue to face swings in the economy and declining revenues while cost of services and citizen expectations rise. Partnering with the non-profit Private Sector for some or all of city services is an affordable and innovative solution. How do you know if a partnership is right for your community? How do you identify your partner? How do you manage the relationship and process? Will a partnership save money? Will a partnership damage citizen relationships? IBTS is a non-profit service provider who can answer these questions and more!

KEY TAKEAWAYS

  1. When properly planned and developed, a partnership with a non-profit to provide city services can lead to significant cost savings and more efficient service delivery.
  2. Current employees don’t necessarily get replaced when city services are provided through a non-profit partnership.
  3. Benefits go beyond cost savings and include service efficiency and the ability to augment staff during times of disaster or emergency when local staff are otherwise occupied.
  4. When city services are managed by a non-profit partnership, the City Manager and/or Mayor can spend their time on governance and other priorities.
Formats Available: webinar session
Original Product Date: June 30, 2017
On-Demand Release Date: Available Now
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Interested in learning how local governments are using data and information to guide decision making? Join your peers for this two-part webinar series on performance analytics.

In this session, we showcase What Works Cities and highlight three localities selected for the programWhat Works Cities in a national initiative to help 100 mid-sized American cities enhance their use of data and evidence to improve services, inform local decision making and engage residents. The What Works Cities standard reflects a set of aspirations and activities that create a strong foundation for cities and includes four components: commit, measure, take stock and act.  

Takeaways:

  • How open data, data management, and performance analytics are producing results and better services
  • Strategies that were used during projects
  • Shared lessons to learn for implementation 
Formats Available: Streaming
Original Product Date: May 12, 2017
On-Demand Release Date: Available Now
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