The Alliance for Innovation, in partnership with Arizona State University and the International City/County Management Association, is inspiring innovation to advance communities. It is a network of local governments, universities and partners who are committed to accelerating the adoption of emerging practices in the profession. As the premier resource for emerging practices in local government, the Alliance is building cultures of innovation and connecting thought leaders in the profession.
BIG Ideas is an invitation-only event that gathers progressive leaders to explore critical issues impacting the future of communities. The event was born out of a vision of the Alliance for Innovation Board of Directors to be at the forefront of facilitating broad-based dialogue so we may learn from others as we face the issues. While there are opportunities to “showcase” your community, ultimately, hosting BIG Ideas is about assuming the responsibility of creating an experience for attendees in providing a platform for the kind of challenging and provocative environment that is envisioned. It is an opportunity to bring Alliance for Innovation members and other big thinkers from around the country together for an inspiring and insightful weekend.
Partnering with the Alliance for Innovation to host BIG will bring a national spotlight to your jurisdiction. Hosting BIG Ideas is about creating an experience for attendees. It is an opportunity to bring Alliance for Innovation members and other big thinkers together for an inspiring and insightful weekend in your community.
Hosting BIG also brings financial benefit to your community. Close to 125 attendees (and their guests) will purchase hotel room nights, food, and shop in your jurisdiction over the course of the event. As well, host communities in the past have utilized BIG to showcase their area as a future family vacation destination.
2017 – Downtown Sheraton, Raleigh, NC
2016 – Crowne Plaza, Dublin, OH
2015 – Pfister Hotel, Milwaukee, WI
2014 – Sonesta Hotel, Fort Lauderdale, FL
2013 – Mondrian Hotel, Andaz Hotel, West Hollywood, CA