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Collapse Coaching Your Own Self

How do you keep yourself relevant? How are you enriching your own life - and others?


In this Webinar-On-Demand, Peter Burchard explores what he believes is the single most important ingredient to influence and career success – the ability to see and coach your own self in the context of your career goals, obstacles and interactions with others. The problem, Peter suggests, is that we “don’t always see or accept the truth about our own self and this can become the most significant obstacle to a more meaningful future.”


Based on his experiences as a city manager, health care executive, coach and his training with the Gestalt Institute of Cleveland, Peter leads a lively discussion focused on being a stronger thinker, contributor and influencer. He shares insight on the following:


 How specific personal awareness leads to self-determined change and resourcefulness
 How to detect obstacles that you tolerate in your own beliefs and behaviors and are likely in the way of your career success
 A critical 3 step rule for executive communications
 How to challenge yourself and build a life-long professional development plan

About Peter Burchard: Peter, the former city/village manager of Naperville and Hoffman Estates, IL, served on the board for the Alliance for Innovation for five years. Peter later became the COO for inVentiv Medical Management in Augusta, GA. Today, Peter is a multi-sector consultant focused on building meaning and purpose through coaching and leadership skills. He also works with employers in creating their healthcare strategy. Peter serves on multiple boards and is an adjunct faculty member focused on public sector ethics and innovation.

Formats Available: Coaching Your Own Self
Original Product Date: January 15, 2015
On-Demand Release Date: Available Now
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Collapse Healthy Employees – The Best Return on Investment

Health and wellness allows people to enable and maintain a high quality of life and is the heartbeat of the next generation.  At every stage of life, preventive health services hold the promise of improving lives; making them longer, healthier, and more productive.  No person is an island, and just keeping oneself healthy is not enough. We all live in society, but most of us still neglect the importance of ensuring healthy surroundings. Ultimately, every locality needs to take action to keep its environment healthy for its residents, businesses, customers and employees. 

The Alliance for Innovation is pleased to present a Webinar Series dedicated to the topics of health and wellness.  This is Part II of the Series. During Healthy Employees – The Best Return on Investment we take an in depth look at balancing health and wellness benefits with budgets to make local government employees more productive and healthier.  

Part I is In Take Action – Community Wellness Case Studies.

Formats Available: Streaming
Original Product Date: October 06, 2010
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 Managers Forum: A Reflection on Leadership and Leading Innovation through Organizational Transitions with Tansy Hayward

As part of the Managers Forum ongoing series, the Alliance for Innovation provides a platform for local government administrators and emerging leaders to share their experience and hopefully inspire the next local government innovator.

From career planning to dealing with the politics of the position, local government managers deal with a variety of issues, big and small.

Join the Alliance for Innovation for a conversation between Tansy Hayward, Assistant City Manager of City of Raleigh, NC and Jerry Newfarmer, Founder, Management Partners about:

  • Career challenges and being prepared to take advantage of opportunities
  • Dealing with silos and integrating organizational culture
  • How to maintain a focus on innovation and culture through changes in leadership
  • A sneak preview of the discussion that will take place at this fall’s BIG Ideas conference held in Raleigh

This one-hour webinar will include a facilitated discussion by Jerry Newfarmer.

Formats Available: Webinar Session
Original Product Date: October 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 Succession Planning: Now is the Time

As a result of the rapidly aging workforce, many public-sector organizations are experiencing a “brain drain” which places their organizations at a critical juncture. The need for experienced and seasoned employees has never been greater. More than simply replacing positions that become vacant, Succession Planning is an ongoing process of recruiting, identifying, assessing, and developing talent to ensure leadership and management continuity throughout an organization and moreover, to sustain the performance of their organizations.

On this Webinar-on-Demand you will learn the following:
•    Techniques to secure commitment and support from policy makers and executives to pursue Succession Planning
•    Understanding of The Four-Phase Approach to process-based Succession Planning
•    The vital role of targeted Learning/Training, Development, Mentoring, Career Planning and Knowledge Transfer activities
•    Performance measures to gauge progress of Succession Planning with an organization

This Webinar-on-Demand is conducted by Patrick Ibarra, a former City Manager and Human Resource Director, who is one of the nation’s leading experts on workforce and succession planning having designed and implemented programs for a number of cities.

Includes Slides and Workbook.

Running time: 1 Hour, 47 minutes.

 

Formats Available: Succession Planning: Now is the Time
Original Product Date: August 02, 2016
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Collapse The Changing Public Workplace

 

Far and away the best prize that life has to offer is the chance to work hard at work worth doing. Theodore Roosevelt

There are many changes transpiring to alter the local government workplace.  On the minds of employees are topics like retirement, reduction in force, technological changes, benefits concerns, and training demands with minimal funding.   Coupled with economic pressures, we are seeing local government organizations undergoing a shift in order to deal with workplace challenges.

How do we create a sense of “job stickiness” so that local government can be seen as a relevant and realistic career path?  What does it take to prepare the next generation of local government leaders?  How do we retain the knowledge of those retiring so that the work continues successfully?  What changes are needed in the public workplace to meet the desires of today’s workforce?

During The Changing Public Workplace Webinar, a panel of local government experts looks at these questions and more.  We openly discuss the importance of succession planning to the process of promoting individual development; being prepared for attrition throughout the organization, providing promotional opportunities, sharing institutional knowledge; and enhancing organizational performance.

 

Formats Available: Streaming
Original Product Date: March 31, 2011
On-Demand Release Date: Available Now
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Collapse The Workforce of the Future - Maximizing Opportunities through Success Planning - Tom Muehlenbeck, City Manager, Plano, TX

As a responsible and driven City Manager, Tom Muehlenbeck of Plano, TX has been a force committed to the succession and development of the future leaders within his organization.  By enlisting the help of LaShon Ross, Deputy City Manager the duo have aggressively worked on a succession model for nearly a decade to prepare and lead Plano into the future.  During this Manager's Forum both Muehlenbeck and Ross will share their insights on succession planning and specifics about the Plano program. 

 

The Managers’ Forum will demonstrate the importance of succession planning to the process of promoting individual development; being prepared for attrition throughout the organization; providing promotional opportunities; sharing institutional knowledge; and enhancing organizational performance.

Tom Muehlenbeck has been a long-time friend and leader at the Alliance for Innovation.  Mr. Muehlenbeck was chair of The Innovation Groups Board of Directors for ten years and led the organization through many changes including its succession from the company's president and founder Bob Havlick.  His leadership is honored with our annual innovation award, the Thomas Muehlenbeck Award for Innovation.

Formats Available: Streaming
Original Product Date: August 25, 2010
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Collapse Building Connected Communities

"The social fabric of community is formed from an expanding sense of belonging.  It is shaped by the idea that only when we are connected and care for the well-being of the whole that a civil and democratic society is created."— Peter Block, Community The Structure of Belonging

We live in a changing world.  There is a growing sense of disconnectedness and strife that is fracturing our communities.  In government this results in citizens at two ends of the spectrum, those that mistrust and are skeptical of government and those that are looking to government to find the solutions and fix the problems.  With shrinking resources and internal pressures, this can seem like an overwhelming task.

So where do the answers lie for a future distinct from the past?  The truth is it will take all of the resources within a community to make for a thriving future.  It will involve citizens and businesses, educational institutions, and our religious organizations.  It will require people to come together, understand the issues and develop a shared reality for the future.  One not dominated by special interest or the naysayers in our communities, but rather by the heart of a connected community.

View the Alliance for Innovation as we welcome Peter Block to the webinar on Building Connected Communities.  Peter will share his insights on Community and the Sense of Belonging during a guest spot on this webinar.  We continue the program with several local government case studies which provide stellar examples of how citizen engagement is making a difference in their communities.

Case studies will also be presented by:

·         Carlsbad, CA - Using citizen engagement tactics to lay out the vision for the city

·         Lynchburg, VA - Citizen engagement in the form of study circles to deal with race relations

·         Tamarac, FL - Harnessing the power of citizen academies to set priorities and further engage citizens  

Formats Available: Streaming
Original Product Date: May 06, 2010
On-Demand Release Date: Available Now
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Collapse Citizen Involvement in the Budget Process

 

Communities across America are today struggling to develop meaningful and fiscally prudent budgets under financial pressures unknown in modern times. Local governments have experienced the severe challenges wrought by weakened economic health, within an environment where citizens seek programs to be sustained and taxes to remain unchanged.

During this webinar, you'll see how other local governments have successfully involved citizens in the budget process to help determine “what they want to keep” – in other words, what objectives are most important to them. We will explore a creative and unique process - Priority Based Budgeting - and learn how it has been implemented in over 18 communities just like yours to better determine how to align the resources allocated in the budget process with the results communities wish to achieve. You’ll hear how other stakeholders (residents, business community, etc.) have been engaged to help define “why their government exists” and influence how decision-makers decide how to allocate scarce resources to the services that are of the highest priority to these stakeholders.

Join us as Chris Fabian and Jon Johnson from the non-profit Center for Priority Based Budgeting (www.pbbcenter.org) demonstrate how this proven approach can be applied in your government.  Chris and Jon are joined by a panel of local government case studies who will share their stories relating to involving citizens in the process of budget decision making.

Formats Available: Streaming
Original Product Date: May 18, 2011
On-Demand Release Date: Available Now
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Collapse Communication Techniques That Work

Communicating effectively in a world that is connected in new and dramatic ways provides both opportunity and challenge to local governments.  Techniques like the public hearing and citizen newsletter are techniques that serve a purpose, but do they truly establish a conversation among community stakeholders?

Today’s times call for meaningful interchanges that can help, inform while guiding future actions.  This webinar focuses on the emerging tactics being used by communication professionals in local government to reach the intended audience.  Whether it be effective visioning or branding campaigns, collaborative decision making or budget processes, or even the newly emerging eTownHall, these communication techniques can be used successfully to engage the community.

Formats Available: Streaming
Original Product Date: August 31, 2011
On-Demand Release Date: Available Now
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Collapse Community Connections White Paper

An Alliance for Innovation white paper on citizen engagement and community connections written in collaboration by ASU Professors Dr. James Svara and Dr. Janet Denhardt.

Formats Available: Download
Original Product Date: September 01, 2010
On-Demand Release Date: Available Now
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Local Governments as Partners in Citizen Engagement and Community Building

Spearheaded by thought provoking conversation among Alliance members, the Alliance for Innovation partnered with Arizona State University to take an in depth look at engagement with citizens that goes beyond exchange of information and calls for a higher level of qualitatively different interaction.  This type of interaction provides the opportunity for citizens to contribute and participate in the decision making process.  It allows citizens and officials to listen to and learn from each other and work together over time to address issues or problems that they feel are important. 

During the Connected Communities webinar, Dr. James Svara, Professor at ASU and Karen Thoreson, President of the Alliance for Innovation explore the concepts researched in the recently released Connected Communities White Paper.   The white paper identifies steps local governments can take to achieve a higher level of citizen engagement.  Through identification of model case studies, alternative strategies and method, the white paper reveals answers to four questions:

  • What are the alternative goals of citizen participation and engagement?
  • What is citizen engagement and what forms does it take?
  • Who is responsible for citizen engagement efforts?
  • How does citizen engagement contribute to community building?

These questions are investigated in greater detail during this webinar.  The panel provides insight into the strategies and methods that achieve the intended outcome of engagement efforts.

Formats Available: Streaming
Original Product Date: December 08, 2010
On-Demand Release Date: Available Now
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Collapse Innovation Burst: Citizen Engagement

In this Innovation Burst series, we explored the citizen engagement process and the research conducted by the Alliance for Innovation with Cheryl Hilvert as well as the top rated cases discussed at the Alliance hosted Innovation Labs throughout the Midwest United States in 2016.  At the Labs, Alliance members were exposed to ideas not from their region and had discussions about what they found most valuable and which ones they were likely to adopt.

The chapters included in this series are:

- Tweet-A-Longs with the City of Topeka, KS

- 17Strong with the City of Hamilton, OH

- Dinner & Dialogue with the Village of Oak Park, IL

A PDF session handout for each recording is included.

Formats Available: Streaming
Original Product Date: March 01, 2017
On-Demand Release Date: Available Now
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Collapse Making Governmental Transparency a Reality Through Dashboards

Local governments across the globe are committed to continuous improvement, accountability and transparency.   This includes a movement towards being a more open, data-drive organization focused on results.  Through the use of technology localities are providing the public, staff and businesses with timely, up-to-date information on overall performance, progress towards attaining key outcomes, and the ability to see and influence the direction of the community.
Three communities, Edmonton, AB, Fort Collins, CO, and Williamsburg, VA share their transformational journeys towards making governmental transparency a reality through dashboards.   The webinar kicks off with a brief demonstration of their innovative dashboards, an overview of the functionality and technology, and look at what they are measuring.  We will then dive deeper, discussing: 
 Creating the Culture; Vision, Leadership and Staff Involvement
 Making the Business Case; Internally and Externally; and
 Recommendations on Where to Start;  Regardless of the Size of Your Community

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Local governments across the globe are committed to continuous improvement, accountability and transparency.   This includes a movement towards being a more open, data-drive organization focused on results.  Through the use of technology localities are providing the public, staff and businesses with timely, up-to-date information on overall performance, progress towards attaining key outcomes, and the ability to see and influence the direction of the community.
Three communities, Edmonton, AB, Fort Collins, CO, and Williamsburg, VA share their transformational journeys towards making governmental transparency a reality through dashboards.   The webinar kicks off with a brief demonstration of their innovative dashboards, an overview of the functionality and technology, and look at what they are measuring.  We will then dive deeper, discussing: 
 Creating the Culture; Vision, Leadership and Staff Involvement
 Making the Business Case; Internally and Externally; and
 Recommendations on Where to Start;  Regardless of the Size of Your Community
Formats Available: Making Governmental Transparency a Reality Through Dashboards
Original Product Date: September 11, 2014
On-Demand Release Date: Available Now
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Collapse Neighborhood Partnering Program: A Collaboration from Concept to Construction

In this session, hear from Justin Golbabai with the City of Austin, TX for deep dive into their award winning Neighborhood Partnering Program (NPP).  Seen as cutting edge of placemaking and building neighborhood scale green infrastructure, NPP as a means to fund and build small community projects.  But, the program does not end there – it manages the implementation from concept to construction!

NPP has also been the recipient of numerous national awards: American Planning Association’s 2015 Leadership in Sustainability Award, the American Public Works Association’s 2015 Management Innovation Award as well as a 2016 TLG Outstanding Achievement in Local Government Innovation Award.

Formats Available: Neighborhood Partnering: A Collaboration from Concept to Construction Webinar OnDemand
Original Product Date: January 05, 2017
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Collapse Policy Issues and Risks of Social Media

The Internet forever changed the way people communicated across distances and connected with one another.  Today, there is compelling evidence that web 2.0 and the use of social media tools is the next evolution of communication and human interaction using the web.  This has created a significant and somewhat complex development in the connections that can be built between people, and it can be particularly complex for government officials.

Government 2.0 has moved beyond the “what is it” to the “how to do we do it” stage.  There is a strong interest in the government community to understand the structure, procedures, policies and drawbacks of all these new web 2.0 tools that have been latched on to with such excitement and expectation.  

The Alliance for Innovation hosted a webinar series dedicated to the topic of social media.  These events featured Bill Greeves, Director of Communications and Information Technology from Roanoke County, VA as our facilitator.  Joining Billare local government case studies that include representatives from a diversity of roles, levels of government and involvement in 2.0

Policy Issues and Risk Management of Social Media focused on the policy side – what do effective policies look like, how do you develop them, and how often are they revisited.  On the risk management side the impact of social media on employees (and their spouses or friends), recruitment, and elected officials.   The rise of social media provides us with a great opportunity to engage others in new ways, but it is not without its pitfalls.  During this webinar we will look at the impact of personal involvement in social media of public employees and the legal considerations.

This is Part II of a two part webinar series.  Part I is Strategy and Implementation of Social Media.

Formats Available: Streaming
Original Product Date: March 11, 2010
On-Demand Release Date: Available Now
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Collapse Reaching a New Audience - Using Social Media for Citizen Engagement

Have you thought about how your government can harness the power of social media tools like Facebook, Twitter and SecondLife to engage your citizens?  News agencies are doing it, celebrities are doing it, and so are your colleagues.  The Alliance for Innovation webinar on Using Social Media for Citizen Engagement takes a strategic look at how social media can help government meet communication and engagement strategies.  This is a conscious choice that requires care and feeding.  How do you organize it, maintain it, and have it achieve the intended outcome?  Ultimately you should be completely aware of what your desired outcome is before starting down the path.

Today’s times call for actively engaged and knowledgeable citizens.  By leveraging the power of the Internet, the reach of government has been extended to connect with citizens who were previously not engaged.  While the social media world is seen by many as “fun,” it has the potential to serve for meaningful dialogue on issues that are impacting our communities.  Just consider using Facebook to educate and get citizen feedback on financial management issues, transportation alternatives, or energy efficiency opportunities.  The problems of today can be addressed using social media to reach out and get a new voice into the conversation.

The Alliance for Innovation provides viewers of this webinar with a thought provoking conversation on the strategic use of social media tools to engage citizens. 

Formats Available: Streaming
Original Product Date: July 23, 2009
On-Demand Release Date: Available Now
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“No matter how big and powerful government gets, and the many services it provides, it can never take the place of volunteers.” Ronald Reagan

The trend of volunteerism is gaining interest with local governments’ with diminishing budgets.  Studies show people will volunteer with the cities and counties they live in if they feel needed, valued and believe they can impact positive change/support.  

Within local communities, government is an ideal opportunity for volunteer participation.  Volunteerism in local government is where direct impact on community can be most tangible for a volunteer. 

Providing volunteers with meaningful work that connects them to real world results can drive motivation and a positive contribution to the community live in.   What is occurring in today’s successful volunteer service programs is the ability to harness the right people for the right jobs for volunteers who have the skills and desire to participate and make a difference in their community.

During this webinar a panel of local government experts discuss best practices for creating a volunteer progran, ways to recruit and attract volunteers with specific skills and expertise needed and how to maintain and set standards for volunteers.  Panel members talk about volunteerism outreachso that the message is understood and people will look to your organization as a place to give time and expertise.

Formats Available: Streaming
Original Product Date: September 29, 2010
On-Demand Release Date: Available Now
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Collapse Economic Development iBundle

Check out these great resources for learning about how local governments are meeting today’s Economic Development challenges.  Purchase all three in an “iBundle” discount or purchase them individually.

  • Economic Development Strategies in Local Government – Digital Document

This digital document contains 25 examples of local governments creating economic development strategies to meet the challenges of today while looking toward the future.  These examples recognize the factors of Innovation economics and the community’s role as an economic driver. Includes several examples of Business Incubators.

  • Economic Strategies for Job Generation – Webinar on Demand (90 minutes)

This webinar focuses on new programs and strategies to grow jobs at the local level.  A panel of experts share their insights on developing business incubators, creating funding mechanisms to stimulate job growth and targeting industries that support the local economy.

  • Events and Tourism as Economic Drivers – Webinar on Demand (90 minutes)

Local governments are capitalizing on new thinking to attract tourist dollars to the community and in certain instances the focus has been on creating the places for people to gather.  These strategies are centered on the notion that by using the spaces that were designed for residents, local government can attract visitors and grow tourism dollars to support the financial health of the community.

iBundle (all three)

Member Price:$100

Nonmember Price: $175

Individual Prices

Economic Development Strategies in Local Government: Members - $25; Nonmembers - $50

Economic Strategies for Job Generation:
Members - $75; Nonmembers - $125

Events and Tourism as Economic Drivers: Members - $75; Nonmembers - $125

These resources are available “On Demand” – no wait!  Store on your desktop, laptop, smartphone, or other portable device. 

Formats Available: Streaming
Original Product Date: May 16, 2013
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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Collapse Got Development? 5 Questions to Ask to Elevate your Building Department

Many times you have probably found yourself saying..."If I had only known...[you fill in the blank].”  SAFEbuilt might not have a crystal ball but we do have several key questions you should ask your Building Department to reduce your organization’s liability, increase efficiencies, right-size staff, and align the Building Department with Economic Development efforts.

Join the Alliance for Innovation and Chris Miller, SAFEbuilt Regional Director, to learn five important questions local government leaders should be discussing with their Building and Public Works Department professionals. This webinar will provide the in’s and out’s of successful Building Departments and real life solutions that will reduce concerns, improve customer satisfaction, and get your construction projects back on track.

Formats Available: Webinar Session
Original Product Date: October 23, 2017
On-Demand Release Date: Available Now
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Collapse Neighborhood Partnering Program: A Collaboration from Concept to Construction

In this session, hear from Justin Golbabai with the City of Austin, TX for deep dive into their award winning Neighborhood Partnering Program (NPP).  Seen as cutting edge of placemaking and building neighborhood scale green infrastructure, NPP as a means to fund and build small community projects.  But, the program does not end there – it manages the implementation from concept to construction!

NPP has also been the recipient of numerous national awards: American Planning Association’s 2015 Leadership in Sustainability Award, the American Public Works Association’s 2015 Management Innovation Award as well as a 2016 TLG Outstanding Achievement in Local Government Innovation Award.

Formats Available: Neighborhood Partnering: A Collaboration from Concept to Construction Webinar OnDemand
Original Product Date: January 05, 2017
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Collapse Public Art for Blight Reduction - Hayward, CA

Art is important. We tend to think it is a luxury, but it gives people deep pleasure because beauty is the personification of hope that something grander is at work. Gil Dellinger

View the Alliance for Innovation webinar featuring  the City of Hayward, CA during our learning café webinar on the city’s Public Art Mural Program.  The city works in partnership with various communities, local jurisdictions, commissions, youth and “local” artists to create mural throughout the city.  This program supports multiple blight elimination efforts, beautification, job creation, promotes business to business opportunities and civic pride.

City operated public art mural program benefits the community by:

  • Creating job Opportunities for artists and enhanced business to business opportunities
  • Created  $800,000 in saving’s to the City
  • Significant reduction in graffiti tagging
  • Beautification and Education for youth in the community
Formats Available: Streaming
Original Product Date: July 12, 2010
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“Economic Stimulus” is the buzzword of the day.  At the local level, economic drivers are crucial elements to a thriving community.   Proactive planning and prediction of economic changes puts astute local governments in the position to drive innovation and improve the quality of life within their communities.  During the Alliance for Innovation Webinar, Stimulating the Local Economy you will hear from three local governments that have deployed economic strategies to combat changes and secure the vitality of their community.

Sarasota County, FL

In the case of Sarasota County, FL work began in January 2008 through a detailed economic stimulus program.  The County quickly realized the unfolding impact of housing deflation and construction related unemployment, and restructured its capital improvements program to rapidly deliver jobs and business activity. The Sarasota community, through its own resolve and capabilities, moved to independently build an economic stimulus platform for the benefit of its citizens.   At the time, there was no Federal or State economic stimulus funds available to accelerate capital construction projects. Because Sarasota County has already organized a multi-pronged strategy for economic stimulus, community infrastructure is being built, and the opportunity to benefit from federal stimulus dollars is maximized.

Fort Collins, CO

In Fort Collins, CO the development of an economic plan ties Council objectives to an economic vision which is, “A healthy economy reflecting the values of our unique community in a changing world.” In deploying Fort Collins economic plan, the city took an aggressive approach to regional partnerships with neighboring governments, as well as partnering with businesses to build technology incubators and set the stage for a strong economy.

Virginia Beach, VA

Faced with the potential for a large scale military installation closure at the Oceana Naval Air Station, the City of Virginia Beach acted quickly to address six key mandates placed by the BRAC commission.  Virginia Beach demonstrated its commitment to keeping Oceana and preserving the quality of life for all residents in the city. By working quickly, Virginia Beach was able to save countless jobs and keep a major economic engine for the community.

Formats Available: Streaming
Original Product Date: November 30, 2009
On-Demand Release Date: Available Now
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Collapse The Evolution of Community DevelopMENTALITY

Many local governments have reexamined how they deliver services to create more sustainable business models and better serve customers. This Webinar-on-Demand looks at how this is being done in community development; recent case studies show organizations increasing their organizational capacity for agility, connectedness, innovation and transparency.


This Webinar-on-Demand kicks off with a framework for community development departments to use in responding to this new environment followed by three localities who share their recent experiences:

• Glenview, IL - formed partnerships with five neighboring communities to create joint inspectional services which resulted in economies of scale, efficiencies, and increased level of service.

• Leesburg, VA - created a more comprehensive, transparent and inclusive reputation by a major reorganization process.

• Maricopa County, AZ – produced more efficient and effective customer service through partnering with citizens on regulatory reform.

The presenters include:

 Joe Kenney, Community Development Director, Glenview, IL;
 Scott Parker, Assistant Town Manager, Leesburg, Virginia;
 Joy Rich, Deputy County Manager, Maricopa County, AZ;
 Jon Walker, Vice President, Client Programs and Services, SAFEbuilt.

Formats Available: The Evolution of Community DevelopMENTALITY
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Collapse Unveiling the Mysteries of Public/Non-Profit Partnerships

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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Collapse A Practical Approach to Smart Cities

Presented By HR Green

Progressive communities are already planning to become “Smart Cities” in the future. But how do you move beyond planning and actually create the infrastructure necessary to support your plan?

OVERVIEW

Join the Alliance for Innovation and HR Green to preview the coming changes, from autonomous vehicles to intelligent utility systems.  HR Green specialists will also focus on how you can meet these needs with “future-proof” advanced technologies that meet not only government but denizen’s communications needs. They’ll provide some practical steps to help you move your plan off the drawing board and into reality.

Formats Available: Webinar Session
Original Product Date: October 23, 2017
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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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Collapse Ensuring Your City is in the Green
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 Four Innovators Walk into a Bar...

...to tell the truth about how to 'do' innovation when its hard, when people are skeptical, or it’s brand new!

OVERVIEW

You know those deep conversations you have with peers and friends…When were you most afraid about innovation? Are you future-ready? The best conversations we have with our peers often happen in the hallways, or at the bar, or at conferences. At TLG 2017, a bunch of us gathered around after the bar was open, to talk about innovation led by these folks…

Join Rebecca Ryan and a panel of changemakers, Lynne Penke with Hennepin County, MN; Ben Thurgood & Tadd Wille with the City of Tacoma, WA; and Linda Harris of City of Decatur, GA for an unconventional conversation about what they’re working on, what's coming, what’s promising, and their predictions for local government. You’ll leave feeling like you were listening to a conversation among friends, with the benefit of not having to pay the bar tab!

Other session takeaways:

  • How “junior” innovators manage up, and get buy-in from their (hesitant) leaders
  • What’s new in citizen engagement and accountability
  • The “weak signals” that smart governments are paying attention to these days
Formats Available: Webinar Session
Original Product Date: October 23, 2017
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Collapse Got Development? 5 Questions to Ask to Elevate your Building Department

Many times you have probably found yourself saying..."If I had only known...[you fill in the blank].”  SAFEbuilt might not have a crystal ball but we do have several key questions you should ask your Building Department to reduce your organization’s liability, increase efficiencies, right-size staff, and align the Building Department with Economic Development efforts.

Join the Alliance for Innovation and Chris Miller, SAFEbuilt Regional Director, to learn five important questions local government leaders should be discussing with their Building and Public Works Department professionals. This webinar will provide the in’s and out’s of successful Building Departments and real life solutions that will reduce concerns, improve customer satisfaction, and get your construction projects back on track.

Formats Available: Webinar Session
Original Product Date: October 23, 2017
On-Demand Release Date: Available Now
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Collapse Intentional Leadership
Getting Results and Engagement by Letting Go of Control

Take a moment of your day to learn about intentional leadership, a management philosophy that will help you gain control by relinquishing perceived power.

OVERVIEW

Perhaps a too common occurrence in local government organizations are the numerous steps staff have to go through to receive multiple approvals, sometimes even resulting in the final "okay" from leadership after required deadlines. These “ordinary government operations” are sometimes seen as burdensome and inefficient.

But, should we always listen to our inner local government bureaucrat? What if there is a “democratic approach to management, in which supervisors relinquish perceived power and increase their level of trust in their subordinates in order to be a part of every action, while actively removing themselves as a part of every answer.” 

That’s where Intentional Leadership—a management philosophy that engages staff, values their expertise, and redefines the decision-making process—can help transform bureaucracy into engagement.

Join the Alliance for Innovation with panelists Christopher Orlea, Ph.D. and Carry Capers from the City of Pearland, TX, for a live learning session on Intentional Leadership including:

  • The origins of the management philosophy and background
  • How it was first implemented and how the initiative is being sustained
  • Perspective from staff
  • Results experienced with this approach
  • Tips from the thought leaders on getting started in your organization
Formats Available: Webinar Session
Original Product Date: October 23, 2017
On-Demand Release Date: Available Now
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Collapse It Takes a Village: Organizational Training for Employeesby 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
MORE INFOMORE INFO It Takes a Village: Organizational Training for Employeesby Employees
Collapse Kickstarting Innovation
Alliances 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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Collapse Local Government Gets Lean (Six Sigma)

“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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Collapse Making the "A" List of Great Places to Work

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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Collapse Managers Forum: A Reflection on Leadership and Leading Innovation through Organizational Transitions with Tansy Hayward

As part of the Managers Forum ongoing series, the Alliance for Innovation provides a platform for local government administrators and emerging leaders to share their experience and hopefully inspire the next local government innovator.

From career planning to dealing with the politics of the position, local government managers deal with a variety of issues, big and small.

Join the Alliance for Innovation for a conversation between Tansy Hayward, Assistant City Manager of City of Raleigh, NC and Jerry Newfarmer, Founder, Management Partners about:

  • Career challenges and being prepared to take advantage of opportunities
  • Dealing with silos and integrating organizational culture
  • How to maintain a focus on innovation and culture through changes in leadership
  • A sneak preview of the discussion that will take place at this fall’s BIG Ideas conference held in Raleigh

This one-hour webinar will include a facilitated discussion by Jerry Newfarmer.

Formats Available: Webinar Session
Original Product Date: October 23, 2017
On-Demand Release Date: Available Now
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Collapse The State of Performance Analytics in Local Governments
An Initial Assessment

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.

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
On-Demand Release Date: Available Now
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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
MORE INFOMORE INFO The State of Performance Analytics in Local Governments
Collapse A Practical Approach to Smart Cities

Presented By HR Green

Progressive communities are already planning to become “Smart Cities” in the future. But how do you move beyond planning and actually create the infrastructure necessary to support your plan?

OVERVIEW

Join the Alliance for Innovation and HR Green to preview the coming changes, from autonomous vehicles to intelligent utility systems.  HR Green specialists will also focus on how you can meet these needs with “future-proof” advanced technologies that meet not only government but denizen’s communications needs. They’ll provide some practical steps to help you move your plan off the drawing board and into reality.

Formats Available: Webinar Session
Original Product Date: October 23, 2017
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Collapse Citizen Involvement in the Budget Process

 

Communities across America are today struggling to develop meaningful and fiscally prudent budgets under financial pressures unknown in modern times. Local governments have experienced the severe challenges wrought by weakened economic health, within an environment where citizens seek programs to be sustained and taxes to remain unchanged.

During this webinar, you'll see how other local governments have successfully involved citizens in the budget process to help determine “what they want to keep” – in other words, what objectives are most important to them. We will explore a creative and unique process - Priority Based Budgeting - and learn how it has been implemented in over 18 communities just like yours to better determine how to align the resources allocated in the budget process with the results communities wish to achieve. You’ll hear how other stakeholders (residents, business community, etc.) have been engaged to help define “why their government exists” and influence how decision-makers decide how to allocate scarce resources to the services that are of the highest priority to these stakeholders.

Join us as Chris Fabian and Jon Johnson from the non-profit Center for Priority Based Budgeting (www.pbbcenter.org) demonstrate how this proven approach can be applied in your government.  Chris and Jon are joined by a panel of local government case studies who will share their stories relating to involving citizens in the process of budget decision making.

Formats Available: Streaming
Original Product Date: May 18, 2011
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 Move Your Mobile Bill-Pay Strategy Forward

This webinar-on-demand covers best practices in mobile technology, usability and security. Take a look beyond “strategy and planning” to deploy a well-executed mobile solution that will move your e-bill/e-pay adoption higher by reaching new, mobile-savvy customers. You will learn how to integrate leading-edge mobile technology-- text payments, responsive web, integrated messaging, mobile bill presentment and secure PDF payments -- that compliments your existing customer engagement programs.

Formats Available: Move Your Mobile-Pay Strategy Forward
On-Demand Release Date: Available Now
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Collapse Alliance 101: Getting to Know the Alliance for Innovation

Summary of the services and products offered by the Alliance for Innovation.  12 minutes.

Formats Available: 101: Getting to Know the Alliance for Innovation
Original Product Date: June 24, 2015
On-Demand Release Date: Available Now
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Collapse Alliance 101: Job Center

Overview of the Alliance for Innovation's Job Center. 3.19 minutes.

Formats Available: Alliance 101: Job Cener
Original Product Date: June 22, 2015
On-Demand Release Date: Available Now
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Collapse Alliance 101: Tapping into Membership Benefits

Summary of the various membership benefits available to Alliance for Innovation members.  15 minutes.

Formats Available: Alliance 101: Tapping into Membership Benefits
Original Product Date: June 22, 2015
On-Demand Release Date: Available Now
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Collapse Alliance Resources Webinar and Knowledge Network Training

Learn more about the Alliance for Innovation and take a tour of the Knowledge Network developed in partnership with the ICMA (icma.org).  The network features a host of Web 2.0 tools that will provide Alliance members with access to:

• Exclusive content delivery regarding innovative and emerging topics of interest specifically for local Government  
• Specialized training and communication resources focused on using the new Knowledge Network
• Cross-fertilization of ideas with learning and networking opportunities

Electronic Community Building Options Include:

• Topic tagging, question and answer features
• Members can access Networking Groups by department, title, etc
• Target your inquiries to specific categories such as state, title, population and/or region
• Create your own groups

Formats Available: Streaming
Original Product Date: May 12, 2011
On-Demand Release Date: Available Now
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Collapse Ambassador Webinar - Orientation

Get acquanted with the Alliance for Innovation Ambassador Program.  This is a FREE service to Alliance members.

Formats Available: Streaming
Original Product Date: May 08, 2009
On-Demand Release Date: Available Now
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Collapse Human Resources Issues in Local Government iBundle

This iBundle includes:  

BUILDING A SKILLED WORKFORCE IN LOCAL GOVERNMENTS

Creating a culture of life-long learning in an organization can be a cost-effective approach to succession planning and an exciting way to strengthen the internal structure.  This OnDemand resource is a collection of 14 case studies and articles centered on building an organization highly skilled and prepared for the challenges of the 21st Century.  Includes creative initiatives such as the following:

  • City of Olathe’s (KS) partnership with the University of Kansas to provide supervisory leadership training
  • Arlington County’s (VA) Leaders Challenge Program
  • City of Tyler’s (TX) Lean Sigma program (which they estimate has saved the City $2.4 Million) and internal City University
  • City of Montgomery’s (OH) Culture of Continuous Improvement

Also features more local government case studies as well as articles on Succession Planning, Emergenetics, and more.

WELLNESS INITIATIVES IN LOCAL GOVERNMENTS

Successful wellness programs allow local governments to both reduce costs and provide health benefits that attract high quality employees desiring a career in public service.  This OnDemand resource contains 12 case studies of local governments initiating Wellness programs with positive results.  Includes such measurable results as the following:

  • The City of Dublin, OH employees in the “high-risk health” category have dropped from 11.1% to 5.4% in three years; meanwhile the “low-risk health” employees increased from 65.1% to 76.1% during the same period.
  • The City of Las Vegas, NV has seen hospitalizations decrease by 25%; reduced the escalation in City spending from 15% to 3.2% annually with a slightly higher employee base, and without reducing benefits or increasing employee coinsurance costs.
  • In Manatee County, FL, diabetes related hospitalization has decreased 86% since inception of its program resulting in an annual savings of $430,000.


BUILDING LEADERS IN YOUR ORGANIZATION
This 1 ½ hour webinar recording looks at cost effective approaches to develop in-house programs to cultivate leaders within the organization.  Discussion topics include the following:

  • Competency Models for Public Sector Leadership Development Programs
  • Selection of Participants
  • Resources for Instruction
  • Using Project Teams to Enhance Leadership Skills
  • Measuring Success

 

Formats Available: Streaming
On-Demand Release Date: Available Now
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Collapse It Takes a Village: Organizational Training for Employeesby 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
MORE INFOMORE INFO It Takes a Village: Organizational Training for Employeesby Employees
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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 Managers Forum: A Reflection on Leadership and Leading Innovation through Organizational Transitions with Tansy Hayward

As part of the Managers Forum ongoing series, the Alliance for Innovation provides a platform for local government administrators and emerging leaders to share their experience and hopefully inspire the next local government innovator.

From career planning to dealing with the politics of the position, local government managers deal with a variety of issues, big and small.

Join the Alliance for Innovation for a conversation between Tansy Hayward, Assistant City Manager of City of Raleigh, NC and Jerry Newfarmer, Founder, Management Partners about:

  • Career challenges and being prepared to take advantage of opportunities
  • Dealing with silos and integrating organizational culture
  • How to maintain a focus on innovation and culture through changes in leadership
  • A sneak preview of the discussion that will take place at this fall’s BIG Ideas conference held in Raleigh

This one-hour webinar will include a facilitated discussion by Jerry Newfarmer.

Formats Available: Webinar Session
Original Product Date: October 23, 2017
On-Demand Release Date: Available Now
MORE INFOMORE INFO Managers Forum: A Reflection on Leadership and Leading Innovation through Organizational Transitions with Tansy Hayward
Collapse Policy Issues and Risks of Social Media

The Internet forever changed the way people communicated across distances and connected with one another.  Today, there is compelling evidence that web 2.0 and the use of social media tools is the next evolution of communication and human interaction using the web.  This has created a significant and somewhat complex development in the connections that can be built between people, and it can be particularly complex for government officials.

Government 2.0 has moved beyond the “what is it” to the “how to do we do it” stage.  There is a strong interest in the government community to understand the structure, procedures, policies and drawbacks of all these new web 2.0 tools that have been latched on to with such excitement and expectation.  

The Alliance for Innovation hosted a webinar series dedicated to the topic of social media.  These events featured Bill Greeves, Director of Communications and Information Technology from Roanoke County, VA as our facilitator.  Joining Billare local government case studies that include representatives from a diversity of roles, levels of government and involvement in 2.0

Policy Issues and Risk Management of Social Media focused on the policy side – what do effective policies look like, how do you develop them, and how often are they revisited.  On the risk management side the impact of social media on employees (and their spouses or friends), recruitment, and elected officials.   The rise of social media provides us with a great opportunity to engage others in new ways, but it is not without its pitfalls.  During this webinar we will look at the impact of personal involvement in social media of public employees and the legal considerations.

This is Part II of a two part webinar series.  Part I is Strategy and Implementation of Social Media.

Formats Available: Streaming
Original Product Date: March 11, 2010
On-Demand Release Date: Available Now
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Collapse The State of Performance Analytics in Local Governments
An Initial Assessment

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.

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
On-Demand Release Date: Available Now
MORE INFOMORE INFO The State of Performance Analytics in Local Governments
Collapse A Practical Approach to Smart Cities

Presented By HR Green

Progressive communities are already planning to become “Smart Cities” in the future. But how do you move beyond planning and actually create the infrastructure necessary to support your plan?

OVERVIEW

Join the Alliance for Innovation and HR Green to preview the coming changes, from autonomous vehicles to intelligent utility systems.  HR Green specialists will also focus on how you can meet these needs with “future-proof” advanced technologies that meet not only government but denizen’s communications needs. They’ll provide some practical steps to help you move your plan off the drawing board and into reality.

Formats Available: Webinar Session
Original Product Date: October 23, 2017
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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 Four Innovators Walk into a Bar...

...to tell the truth about how to 'do' innovation when its hard, when people are skeptical, or it’s brand new!

OVERVIEW

You know those deep conversations you have with peers and friends…When were you most afraid about innovation? Are you future-ready? The best conversations we have with our peers often happen in the hallways, or at the bar, or at conferences. At TLG 2017, a bunch of us gathered around after the bar was open, to talk about innovation led by these folks…

Join Rebecca Ryan and a panel of changemakers, Lynne Penke with Hennepin County, MN; Ben Thurgood & Tadd Wille with the City of Tacoma, WA; and Linda Harris of City of Decatur, GA for an unconventional conversation about what they’re working on, what's coming, what’s promising, and their predictions for local government. You’ll leave feeling like you were listening to a conversation among friends, with the benefit of not having to pay the bar tab!

Other session takeaways:

  • How “junior” innovators manage up, and get buy-in from their (hesitant) leaders
  • What’s new in citizen engagement and accountability
  • The “weak signals” that smart governments are paying attention to these days
Formats Available: Webinar Session
Original Product Date: October 23, 2017
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Collapse Got Development? 5 Questions to Ask to Elevate your Building Department

Many times you have probably found yourself saying..."If I had only known...[you fill in the blank].”  SAFEbuilt might not have a crystal ball but we do have several key questions you should ask your Building Department to reduce your organization’s liability, increase efficiencies, right-size staff, and align the Building Department with Economic Development efforts.

Join the Alliance for Innovation and Chris Miller, SAFEbuilt Regional Director, to learn five important questions local government leaders should be discussing with their Building and Public Works Department professionals. This webinar will provide the in’s and out’s of successful Building Departments and real life solutions that will reduce concerns, improve customer satisfaction, and get your construction projects back on track.

Formats Available: Webinar Session
Original Product Date: October 23, 2017
On-Demand Release Date: Available Now
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Getting Results and Engagement by Letting Go of Control

Take a moment of your day to learn about intentional leadership, a management philosophy that will help you gain control by relinquishing perceived power.

OVERVIEW

Perhaps a too common occurrence in local government organizations are the numerous steps staff have to go through to receive multiple approvals, sometimes even resulting in the final "okay" from leadership after required deadlines. These “ordinary government operations” are sometimes seen as burdensome and inefficient.

But, should we always listen to our inner local government bureaucrat? What if there is a “democratic approach to management, in which supervisors relinquish perceived power and increase their level of trust in their subordinates in order to be a part of every action, while actively removing themselves as a part of every answer.” 

That’s where Intentional Leadership—a management philosophy that engages staff, values their expertise, and redefines the decision-making process—can help transform bureaucracy into engagement.

Join the Alliance for Innovation with panelists Christopher Orlea, Ph.D. and Carry Capers from the City of Pearland, TX, for a live learning session on Intentional Leadership including:

  • The origins of the management philosophy and background
  • How it was first implemented and how the initiative is being sustained
  • Perspective from staff
  • Results experienced with this approach
  • Tips from the thought leaders on getting started in your organization
Formats Available: Webinar Session
Original Product Date: October 23, 2017
On-Demand Release Date: Available Now
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Collapse It Takes a Village: Organizational Training for Employeesby 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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Alliances 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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Collapse Local Government Gets Lean (Six Sigma)

“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
MORE INFOMORE INFO The State of Performance Analytics in Local Governments
Collapse Unveiling the Mysteries of Public/Non-Profit Partnerships

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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Collapse What Works in Improving Local Government Performance

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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Here to stay, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), often referred to as “drones," are a transformative, rapidly emerging technology that is currently creating regulatory chal-lenges (and opportunities!) for government officials. While the federal government has been trying to create a regulatory framework, some state governments are trying to be proactive and are enacting their own legislation. Local government are lagging behind, but are now beginning to engage on this policy area.  From privacy to safety concerns, such as the recent interference with the safety of emergency response in battling the San Bernardino County fires, local governments need to lead the discussion to meet these concerns while not stifling the positive aspects of this emerging technology.
In this session you will learn:


•    Primer on the current, uneven regulatory setting regarding drone technology
•    Insight to the possible significance of drone usage
•    Strategies for crafting smart, effective regulations

Formats Available: Crowded Skies: The Drones Are Coming
Original Product Date: February 23, 2016
On-Demand Release Date: Available Now
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A Conversation with Dallas City Manager A.C. Gonzalez

Part of the Managers Forum series

Local governments and police departments are passionate about building trust and growing relationships with the communities they serve. What steps can local governments take to meet the new level of expectations that exist in today’s environment?

On October 20th, 2016 Dallas City Manager, A.C. Gonzalez and Jerry Newfarmer, President and CEO of Management Partners discussed how the City of Dallas has made bold changes, reforming its police department in five years to be recognized as a national model for community policing. Mr. Gonzalez also shared how training, policy changes, and community engagement efforts paved the way for building trust among their citizens. The result; Dallas is a less violent city than it was just five years ago while its overall crime rates have decreased; including violent crime, fewer excessive force complaints and a decrease in arrest rates.

Formats Available: Deepening Police Community Relations: A Conversation with Dallas City Manager A.C. Gonzalez
Original Product Date: December 05, 2016
On-Demand Release Date: Available Now
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Collapse Innovative Approaches to Winter Operations

Two localities, Novi, Michigan and Olathe, KS share internal policies and procedures, how they have built their teams, ideas on how to leverage technology and community techniques to alert their citizens and motorists.


Recently the City of Novi, Department of Public Services, was nationally recognized by the American Public Works Association (APWA) with The Excellence in Snow and Ice Control Award, for its advancements in winter maintenance best practices and team building efforts. Matthew T. Wiktorowski has helped to provide service to the residents of the City of Novi for the past 12 years and currently holds the title of Field Operations Senior Manager with the Department of Public Services.


The City of Olathe’s, Department of Public Works was the first American Public Works Association (APWA) accredited Public Works Department in the State of Kansas. The Department’s winter snow and ice operation has been awarded the Salt Institutes “Safe and Sustainable Snow Fighting Award” each of the past six years and continually seeks opportunities to employ innovative management, technology and practices to keep the roadways safe. Zachary Hardy has served the citizens of the City of Olathe, KS for over 14 years and currently holds the title of Assistant Field Operations Manager with the Department of Public Works.

Formats Available: Innovative Approaches to Winter Operations
On-Demand Release Date: Available Now
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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
MORE INFOMORE INFO The State of Performance Analytics in Local Governments
Collapse 5 Steps to Improving Your Community

This Webinar-on-Demand, a follow-up to “Growing Your Community’s Resilience,” dives deeper into practical examples and looks at the Community Resilience System. The system is a knowledge base of what community resilience is, tools to help communities assess their resilience and resources to help communities take action to become more resilient.

Formats Available: 5 Steps to Improving Your Community's Resilience
Original Product Date: February 23, 2016
On-Demand Release Date: Available Now
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Collapse A Practical Approach to Smart Cities

Presented By HR Green

Progressive communities are already planning to become “Smart Cities” in the future. But how do you move beyond planning and actually create the infrastructure necessary to support your plan?

OVERVIEW

Join the Alliance for Innovation and HR Green to preview the coming changes, from autonomous vehicles to intelligent utility systems.  HR Green specialists will also focus on how you can meet these needs with “future-proof” advanced technologies that meet not only government but denizen’s communications needs. They’ll provide some practical steps to help you move your plan off the drawing board and into reality.

Formats Available: Webinar Session
Original Product Date: October 23, 2017
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Part One - Growing Your Community's Resilience


“Overcome the tyrannies of the urgent, the daily grind. Resilience is a journey, not a destination. It can’t be a bandwagon. Tiny steps develop muscle memory.” Robin White, Senior Mediator and Program Director, Meridian Institute


Resilience is the ability to anticipate risk, limit impact, and bounce back rapidly through survival, adaptability, evolution, and growth in the face of turbulent change.  Part One introduces practical community resilience, why it is important in today’s world and how you can approach it given the challenges that communities face today. This webinar features a panel discussion with three panelists from the Community & Regional Resilience Institute:
•    Warren Edwards, Director
•    Robin White, Senior Mediator and Program Director
•    John Plodinec, Resilience Technologies Associate Director


Part Two - Five Steps to Improve Your Community's Resilience


Part Two dives deeper into practical examples and looks at the Community Resilience System. The system is a knowledge base of what community resilience is, tools to help communities assess their resilience and resources to help communities take action to become more resilient.


Formats Available: Community Reslience
Original Product Date: January 27, 2016
On-Demand Release Date: Available Now
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Collapse Emerging Digital Disruptions
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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Collapse Ensuring Your City is in the Green
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
MORE INFOMORE INFO Ensuring Your City is in the Green
Collapse Four Innovators Walk into a Bar...

...to tell the truth about how to 'do' innovation when its hard, when people are skeptical, or it’s brand new!

OVERVIEW

You know those deep conversations you have with peers and friends…When were you most afraid about innovation? Are you future-ready? The best conversations we have with our peers often happen in the hallways, or at the bar, or at conferences. At TLG 2017, a bunch of us gathered around after the bar was open, to talk about innovation led by these folks…

Join Rebecca Ryan and a panel of changemakers, Lynne Penke with Hennepin County, MN; Ben Thurgood & Tadd Wille with the City of Tacoma, WA; and Linda Harris of City of Decatur, GA for an unconventional conversation about what they’re working on, what's coming, what’s promising, and their predictions for local government. You’ll leave feeling like you were listening to a conversation among friends, with the benefit of not having to pay the bar tab!

Other session takeaways:

  • How “junior” innovators manage up, and get buy-in from their (hesitant) leaders
  • What’s new in citizen engagement and accountability
  • The “weak signals” that smart governments are paying attention to these days
Formats Available: Webinar Session
Original Product Date: October 23, 2017
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Collapse Got Development? 5 Questions to Ask to Elevate your Building Department

Many times you have probably found yourself saying..."If I had only known...[you fill in the blank].”  SAFEbuilt might not have a crystal ball but we do have several key questions you should ask your Building Department to reduce your organization’s liability, increase efficiencies, right-size staff, and align the Building Department with Economic Development efforts.

Join the Alliance for Innovation and Chris Miller, SAFEbuilt Regional Director, to learn five important questions local government leaders should be discussing with their Building and Public Works Department professionals. This webinar will provide the in’s and out’s of successful Building Departments and real life solutions that will reduce concerns, improve customer satisfaction, and get your construction projects back on track.

Formats Available: Webinar Session
Original Product Date: October 23, 2017
On-Demand Release Date: Available Now
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Collapse Green Initiatives - What Works in Local Government

Government in the 21st century is being called upon to lead our communities toward a sustainable future.  It requires local ingenuity, creativity and innovation that is needed to foster a new green economy.  Building sustainable communities is a massive effort that requires government to lead by example. 

Green Initiatives: What Works in Local Government looks at the internal operations in government that produce real long-term energy savings in effect, aiding sustainability efforts.  Panel members will focus on how their governments have saved energy dollars from operational efficiency improvements.  We will discuss what nationally recognized leaders in government are doing, what has worked and produced savings, what hasn’t worked, as well as what the plans are for the future.

This roundtable discussion speaks to the creative solutions explored and results from such initiatives as:

·         Retrofitting fleet

·         Smart growth in transit

·         Effective Traffic Signalization

·         Building LEED Certified Government Facilities

·         Waste to Energy Facilities

·         Energy Efficiency Measures in Water and Wastewater

·         Recycling Efforts

·         Use of Solar and Wind Power

 Our problems are man-made, therefore they may be solved by man. No problem of human destiny is beyond human beings. John F. Kennedy

Formats Available: Streaming
Original Product Date: September 24, 2009
On-Demand Release Date: Available Now
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“Overcome the tyrannies of the urgent, the daily grind. Resilience is a journey, not a destination. It can’t be a bandwagon. Tiny steps develop muscle memory.” Robin White, Senior Mediator and Program Director, Meridian Institute


Resilience is the ability to anticipate risk, limit impact, and bounce back rapidly through survival, adaptability, evolution, and growth in the face of turbulent change. This is the first webinar in a two part series to introduce practical community resilience, why it is important in today’s world and how you can approach it given the challenges that communities face today. The first webinar is conducted as a panel discussion with three panelists from the Community & Regional Resilience Institute:


•    Warren Edwards, Director
•    Robin White, Senior Mediator and Program Director
•    John Plodinec, Resilience Technologies Associate Director

Formats Available: Growing Your Community's Resilience
Original Product Date: February 22, 2016
On-Demand Release Date: Available Now
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Collapse Investing Now to Be Future Ready: Next Big Things Resource Panel Discussion

“The best time to plant a tree was twenty years ago.  The second best time is now.” - Chinese Proverb

How is your community preparing and taking action today to ensure future generations have resources needed to live a quality of life?  The Next Big Things, released in September 2015, identified 4 Forces and 44 Trends that could potentially impact local government in the next 20 years.  The top priority and number one force identified, Resources, is most closely tied to survival.  Trends related to this force include:  climate change, food insecurity, water shortages & access, energy grid disruption, mining and the “NORC” shift”. 

Panelists comprised of three localities will share how they are tackling the Resource force, focusing on priorities and developing steps to take action now and into the future.  They will address the role local government plays, how to engage others, provide you with tips on where to start, and highlight benefits they are seeing in their communities.

Panelists include:

  • Flagstaff, AZ:  Tamara Lawless, Ph.D. Sustainability Specialist
  • Lethbridge, AB:  Heather Gowland, Education and Community Initiatives Specialist
  • Phoenix, AZ:  Ginger Spencer, Assistant Public Works Director 
Formats Available: Investing Now to Be Future Ready
Original Product Date: August 18, 2016
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Collapse Preparing Communities for Resilience to Climate Risk

Communities face many risks from changing climactic conditions. Perhaps the most severe of these is sea level rise, which is already posing significant challenges for coastal communities throughout the United States. Even a little sea level rise can potentially magnify storm surges, alter coastal erosion patterns, and alter assumptions for infrastructure planning.

Confronting these risks will require substantial innovation on the part of public managers. This Webinar-on-Demand features Clark Miller from Arizona State University, Kristin Baja, Climate and Resilience Planner from the City of Baltimore, Maryland, Nancy Gassman, Ph.D, Sustainability Manager from City of Fort Lauderdale, as they share some lessons that can be taken away to address the challenges posed.

The discussion focuses on: 

  • Infrastructure Vulnerabilities;
  • Climate Preparedness and Resilience;
  • Integrating Climate Preparedness into Planning Documents.
  • Innovative, Transformative Leadership; and
  • Community Wide Learning.
Formats Available: Preparing Communities for Resilience
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Collapse Public Art for Blight Reduction - Hayward, CA

Art is important. We tend to think it is a luxury, but it gives people deep pleasure because beauty is the personification of hope that something grander is at work. Gil Dellinger

View the Alliance for Innovation webinar featuring  the City of Hayward, CA during our learning café webinar on the city’s Public Art Mural Program.  The city works in partnership with various communities, local jurisdictions, commissions, youth and “local” artists to create mural throughout the city.  This program supports multiple blight elimination efforts, beautification, job creation, promotes business to business opportunities and civic pride.

City operated public art mural program benefits the community by:

  • Creating job Opportunities for artists and enhanced business to business opportunities
  • Created  $800,000 in saving’s to the City
  • Significant reduction in graffiti tagging
  • Beautification and Education for youth in the community
Formats Available: Streaming
Original Product Date: July 12, 2010
On-Demand Release Date: Available Now
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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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Collapse Wellness Initiatives in Local Government

Successful wellness programs allow local governments to both reduce costs and provide health benefits that attract high quality employees desiring a career in public service.  This OnDemand resource contains 12 case studies of local governments initiating Wellness programs with positive results.  Includes such measurable results as the following:

  • The City of Dublin, OH employees in the “high-risk health” category have dropped from 11.1% to 5.4% in three years; meanwhile the “low-risk health” employees increased from 65.1% to 76.1% during the same period.
  • The City of Las Vegas, NV has seen hospitalizations decrease by 25%; reduced the escalation in City spending from 15% to 3.2% annually with a slightly higher employee base, and without reducing benefits or increasing employee coinsurance costs.
  • In Manatee County, FL, diabetes related hospitalization has decreased 86% since inception of its program resulting in an annual savings of $430,000.

 

Formats Available: Materials
Original Product Date: June 28, 2012
On-Demand Release Date: Available Now
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Collapse 2015 Award Winners - Creating a Replicable Model for Electrical Vehicles

In partnership with Drive Electric Northern Colorado (DENC), Loveland, CO sought out to create a model that has a high likelihood of substantially increasing EV adoption not only in Colorado, but also across the United States for its ability to be easily replicated in other jurisdictions.

Formats Available: 2015 Award Winners - Creating a Replicable Model for Electrical Vehicles
Original Product Date: January 28, 2016
On-Demand Release Date: Available Now
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Collapse Benchmarking for Success

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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Collapse Cost Effective Government Using Open Source Technology

Open source technology development is an affordable design approach for delivering technological solutions to meet the growing needs of local government and the communities we serve.   The principles of open source technology are based on the "peer production" of software that is made available for public collaboration.  The theory behind it being that the thoughts of many will improve a technology product substantially while keeping it relevant.

While the collaborative creation of technology is a huge benefit of open source, the big advantage comes from government not being beholden to the costs and regulations of proprietary vendors.   By sharing in the technological deployment of such things as GIS, planning and permitting solutions, and budgeting solutions to name a few, local government can leverage technology of other’s at enormous cost savings.

Watch this webinar where will explore the open source movement.  We will spend time defining how government can best use open source software to meet technology objectives, discuss the possibilities of collaborative technology development into the future as well as review systems built using open source technology.  Panel members will emphasize the tangible results and costs savings that open source technology has produced within their organizations.

Formats Available: Streaming
Original Product Date: March 24, 2009
On-Demand Release Date: Available Now
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Collapse Crowded Skies: The Drones Are Coming

Here to stay, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), often referred to as “drones," are a transformative, rapidly emerging technology that is currently creating regulatory chal-lenges (and opportunities!) for government officials. While the federal government has been trying to create a regulatory framework, some state governments are trying to be proactive and are enacting their own legislation. Local government are lagging behind, but are now beginning to engage on this policy area.  From privacy to safety concerns, such as the recent interference with the safety of emergency response in battling the San Bernardino County fires, local governments need to lead the discussion to meet these concerns while not stifling the positive aspects of this emerging technology.
In this session you will learn:


•    Primer on the current, uneven regulatory setting regarding drone technology
•    Insight to the possible significance of drone usage
•    Strategies for crafting smart, effective regulations

Formats Available: Crowded Skies: The Drones Are Coming
Original Product Date: February 23, 2016
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Collapse Cyber Security: It

How serious is your organization taking on cybersecurity and whose responsibility is it? As local government organizations grow more reliant on digital resources, the cybersecurity threat looms larger and larger each year. In a recent report published by PwC, Global Economic Crime Survey 2016, cybercrime has jumped “from 4th to 2nd place among the most-reported types of economic crime.”

On this Webinar-on-Demand, Chief Information Officer (CIO) for the City of Palo Alto, CA, Dr. Jonathan Reichental, tells us how Palo Alto made cybersecurity an enterprise priority. Dr. Reichental shares the “why” it’s essential for local governments to take action today to assess their vulnerabilities and provide essential steps to better prepare their organization from cyber threats.

In this session, you will hear about:
 Argument for cybersecurity

 Case Study overview: Sony Pictures attack

 How big of a risk is cybercrime?

 A discussion of immediate and current threats including answering the question, what is the “dark web?”

 Initial actions to take

Formats Available: Cybersecurity: It's Everyones's Job Now
Original Product Date: October 20, 2016
On-Demand Release Date: Available Now
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Collapse Emerging Digital Disruptions
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 Four Innovators Walk into a Bar...

...to tell the truth about how to 'do' innovation when its hard, when people are skeptical, or it’s brand new!

OVERVIEW

You know those deep conversations you have with peers and friends…When were you most afraid about innovation? Are you future-ready? The best conversations we have with our peers often happen in the hallways, or at the bar, or at conferences. At TLG 2017, a bunch of us gathered around after the bar was open, to talk about innovation led by these folks…

Join Rebecca Ryan and a panel of changemakers, Lynne Penke with Hennepin County, MN; Ben Thurgood & Tadd Wille with the City of Tacoma, WA; and Linda Harris of City of Decatur, GA for an unconventional conversation about what they’re working on, what's coming, what’s promising, and their predictions for local government. You’ll leave feeling like you were listening to a conversation among friends, with the benefit of not having to pay the bar tab!

Other session takeaways:

  • How “junior” innovators manage up, and get buy-in from their (hesitant) leaders
  • What’s new in citizen engagement and accountability
  • The “weak signals” that smart governments are paying attention to these days
Formats Available: Webinar Session
Original Product Date: October 23, 2017
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Collapse Innovative Approaches to Winter Operations

Two localities, Novi, Michigan and Olathe, KS share internal policies and procedures, how they have built their teams, ideas on how to leverage technology and community techniques to alert their citizens and motorists.


Recently the City of Novi, Department of Public Services, was nationally recognized by the American Public Works Association (APWA) with The Excellence in Snow and Ice Control Award, for its advancements in winter maintenance best practices and team building efforts. Matthew T. Wiktorowski has helped to provide service to the residents of the City of Novi for the past 12 years and currently holds the title of Field Operations Senior Manager with the Department of Public Services.


The City of Olathe’s, Department of Public Works was the first American Public Works Association (APWA) accredited Public Works Department in the State of Kansas. The Department’s winter snow and ice operation has been awarded the Salt Institutes “Safe and Sustainable Snow Fighting Award” each of the past six years and continually seeks opportunities to employ innovative management, technology and practices to keep the roadways safe. Zachary Hardy has served the citizens of the City of Olathe, KS for over 14 years and currently holds the title of Assistant Field Operations Manager with the Department of Public Works.

Formats Available: Innovative Approaches to Winter Operations
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Collapse Local Government

Google apps, wiki’s, mobile apps, gotomeeting – did you know local governments are using them all to improve internal technology delivery? Who knew such current technology could be affordable to deploy and potentially save a local government organization considerable time and money.

During this webinar, participants hear how local governments are leveraging the latest technology to improve internal operations.

Technologies to be covered:

Google Apps and analytics - Google Apps offers simple communication and collaboration tools for any size organization – all hosted by Google to streamline setup, minimize maintenance, and reduce IT costs.  Includes Gmail, Google Calendar, Google Docs and Google Analytics.

Wikis – wiki technology allows for users to collaborate using web pages.  Governments are using them for idea generation, document creation and more.

Mobile Apps – while the wave of mobile apps for citizen service delivery is growing, mobile application are also being designed for internal purposes and improving time management and efficiency of resources.

GoToMeeting – governments are now using GoToMeeting to replace that morning face-to-face meeting saving the planet as well as employee time.  GoToMeeting and GoToWebinar are being used for training and collaborating over dispersed locations and changing the speed at which employees work.

Formats Available: Streaming
Original Product Date: February 23, 2011
On-Demand Release Date: Available Now
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Collapse Mobile Apps for Citizens

With the rise of the smart phone and increasingly mobile society, governments are tapping into technology and developing mobile applications to ratchet up communication with the public.  Creating civic-centered mobile software is a new emphasis for local government. 

For example the Town of Fishers, IN is now offering residents one of the first comprehensive municipal iPhone applications in the country. With this free and easy-to-use app residents can report problems, get news and event information, access social media sites, see videos and photos and more right from an iPhone.   Fishers eGov Mobile application makes it easy for residents to stay connected with their local government 24/7.

During this webinar hear from several governments including Fishers, IN, Phoenix, AZ and Hayward, CA while we explore the journey to mobile apps:

  • The selection process
  • App development
  • Platform decisions
  • And the early results…
Formats Available: Streaming
Original Product Date: March 23, 2011
On-Demand Release Date: Available Now
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Collapse Policy Issues and Risks of Social Media

The Internet forever changed the way people communicated across distances and connected with one another.  Today, there is compelling evidence that web 2.0 and the use of social media tools is the next evolution of communication and human interaction using the web.  This has created a significant and somewhat complex development in the connections that can be built between people, and it can be particularly complex for government officials.

Government 2.0 has moved beyond the “what is it” to the “how to do we do it” stage.  There is a strong interest in the government community to understand the structure, procedures, policies and drawbacks of all these new web 2.0 tools that have been latched on to with such excitement and expectation.  

The Alliance for Innovation hosted a webinar series dedicated to the topic of social media.  These events featured Bill Greeves, Director of Communications and Information Technology from Roanoke County, VA as our facilitator.  Joining Billare local government case studies that include representatives from a diversity of roles, levels of government and involvement in 2.0

Policy Issues and Risk Management of Social Media focused on the policy side – what do effective policies look like, how do you develop them, and how often are they revisited.  On the risk management side the impact of social media on employees (and their spouses or friends), recruitment, and elected officials.   The rise of social media provides us with a great opportunity to engage others in new ways, but it is not without its pitfalls.  During this webinar we will look at the impact of personal involvement in social media of public employees and the legal considerations.

This is Part II of a two part webinar series.  Part I is Strategy and Implementation of Social Media.

Formats Available: Streaming
Original Product Date: March 11, 2010
On-Demand Release Date: Available Now
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Collapse Reaching a New Audience - Using Social Media for Citizen Engagement

Have you thought about how your government can harness the power of social media tools like Facebook, Twitter and SecondLife to engage your citizens?  News agencies are doing it, celebrities are doing it, and so are your colleagues.  The Alliance for Innovation webinar on Using Social Media for Citizen Engagement takes a strategic look at how social media can help government meet communication and engagement strategies.  This is a conscious choice that requires care and feeding.  How do you organize it, maintain it, and have it achieve the intended outcome?  Ultimately you should be completely aware of what your desired outcome is before starting down the path.

Today’s times call for actively engaged and knowledgeable citizens.  By leveraging the power of the Internet, the reach of government has been extended to connect with citizens who were previously not engaged.  While the social media world is seen by many as “fun,” it has the potential to serve for meaningful dialogue on issues that are impacting our communities.  Just consider using Facebook to educate and get citizen feedback on financial management issues, transportation alternatives, or energy efficiency opportunities.  The problems of today can be addressed using social media to reach out and get a new voice into the conversation.

The Alliance for Innovation provides viewers of this webinar with a thought provoking conversation on the strategic use of social media tools to engage citizens. 

Formats Available: Streaming
Original Product Date: July 23, 2009
On-Demand Release Date: Available Now
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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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Collapse What Works in Improving Local Government Performance

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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Next Big Things ToolkitHosted annually by the Alliance for Innovation since 2009, BIG Ideas is a weekend retreat that gathers progressive leaders to explore critical issues for the future of communities.

Approximately 100 participants from think tanks, foundations, businesses, education, public interest groups and local government are in attendance.Participants are called upon to provide thought-provoking ideas around our changing society, critical and timely issues, and to identify the innovations needed to better address these issues.

With the BIG Ideas Toolkit you can replicate this gathering in your organization. The Toolkit provides a facilitation guide and supplemental PowerPoint/PDF presentation that will guide your group through an engaging discussion on the 2016 Big Ideas theme "Reframing Digital Disruption."

Participate on 7.17.17 in #BIGHour, by using the toolkit to host your own mini-BIG Ideas conference (www.transformgov.org/bighour).

Formats Available: Big Ideas Toolkit
Original Product Date: March 22, 2017
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