BIG Ideas

Clearwater, FL
Clearwater, FL

BIG Ideas 2019

Join your colleagues for a lively discussion at the 11th annual BIG Ideas meeting September 13-15, 2019 in Clearwater, Florida. You will dive deep into discussions, find solutions in small groups, and learn a new way to think about some of the emerging challenges facing local governments.

Registration opens in July 2019. Contact us with any questions at or 888.496.0944.

2019 Topic: Two Americas

Our country is seeing a growing economic divide that is manifesting in things like lack of affordable housing or medical care, underfunded public schools, the digital divide, workforce shortages, urban-rural divide, etc. There seems to be “Two Americas” in terms of “haves” and “have-nots” – but what should local government’s role be in addressing the repercussions to our residents? How do we address the expectations across the spectrum of “haves” and “have-nots”?

Attendees will join Provocateurs in large and small group conversations to discuss the impacts of this divide and how it affects our communities and local governments. Roughly 100 leaders from across North America will join together in small teams to discuss the best of the best out there right now, and stretch the boundaries of what's possible to develop new solutions.

Hosted by the Alliance for Innovation, BIG Ideas is a national event that gathers progressive leaders to explore critical issues for the future of communities. The Alliance's mission is to help build thriving communities by transforming local government, elevating strategy, culture, and ecosystem collaboration to accomplish our agenda for changeovation is inspiring innovation to advance communities. 

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