2017-2020 Strategic Plan

Strategic Plan

In 2016, the Alliance Board of Directors approved a new strategic plan identifying the ways in which the Alliance will deliver on its commitment to local governments and its core values. This four-part plan over the course of four years demonstrates how the Alliance will be the catalyst for more vibrant communities through local government innovation.

Our focus over the next four years will be on supporting and growing a network of local government innovators, leveraging research to identify leading practices and emerging issues, inspiring innovative cultures and practices in local government, and being a major force in the innovation space.

“The world is changing more rapidly than ever before. The Alliance for Innovation is the home for local government innovators who are hungry to advance local government and inspire others across the globe.  It is the place for those who want to make a difference in the world, to collaborate around the challenges and opportunities that are before us,” states Michael Wilkes, City Manager of Olathe, Kansas and Chair of the Alliance for Innovation Board of Directors.    


Zelos, a consulting firm in Alexandria, Virginia that serves many local governments, led the strategic planning process alongside Alliance Board Members, staff, local government professionals, and representatives from the academic community.  The process began one year ago when we took stock through a targeted environmental scan.  Then, a Strategic Planning Committee kicked off the planning meeting in Arlington, Virginia debating and charting the direction of the Alliance over the next four years. Following the face-to-face meeting, over fifty individuals committed their time to participate on Goal Committees, finetuning the plan. 

We heard voices that shared the importance of the Alliance advocating and educating about the innovations and new practices that are working and showing promise in the field.  We heard a strong desire to convene thought leaders around emerging issues, as well as requests to help localities build a framework for creating an innovative culture in their organizations. Our ideas—and input from our stakeholders—guided us to our path and goals for the future. 

Karen Thoreson, President of the Alliance for Innovation, states, “We are excited about working together to build and advance innovative communities. I invite local government professionals to join us on our journey, be early adopters, and help set the path for generations to come.” 

View the 2017-2020 Strategic Plan