About nextERA

The nextERA Advisory Group is an advocacy group for 21st Century innovative local government. Appointed by the Alliance for Innovation Board of Directors in late 2014, the group advances an agenda for Engagement, Research, and Advice to the Board for the benefit of the Alliance for Innovation.

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2019 nextERA Advisory Group Report

The nextERA Advisory Group is an advocacy group for 21st Century innovative local government. Appointed by the Alliance for Innovation (AFI) Board of Directors in late 2014, the group advances an agenda for Engagement, Research, and Advice to the AFI Board for the benefit of the Alliance for Innovation. The group is comprised of up to 18 members with representation from across North America and all three Alliance for Innovation regions. Select download to view a report of the group's recent accomplishments ans summary of activities. Previous Reports View the 2018 Report View the 2017 Report View the 2016 Report

Next Generation of Managers
nextERA Advisory Group Membership

nextERA's mission is to drive Alliance member engagement, assist with research on emerging best practices in the field, and advise the Board on strategic opportunities and emerging issues. The nextERA Advisory Group is an advocacy group for 21st Century innovative local government. Appointed by the Alliance for Innovation Board of Directors in late 2014, the group advances an agenda for Engagement, Research, and Advice to the Alliance Board for the benefit of the Alliance for Innovation members. The group has representation from across North America and is a key part of supporting the Alliance's mission. nextERA Advisory Group Members   Name Title Organization Michael Davis - Chair Strategic Initiatives Manager Durham County, NC Toy Beeninga - Vice Chair Budget & Management Services City of Raleigh, NC Dana Clarke Mgr of Innovation & Continous Improvement City of Barrie, ON CANADA Pam Davis Sr. Management Analyst City of Boulder, CO Charisse Deschenes Assistant City Manager City of Sequim, WA Ed Foley - Past Chair Performance Analyst City of Olathe, KS Joseph Gacioch City Manager City of Ferndale, MI Kristen Gorham Senior Management Analyst City of Chamblee, GA Kyle Kridler Assistant City Manager City of Delaware, OH Chris Lawrence Deputy Town Manager Town of Blacksburg, VA Bryan Layton Assistant County Manager Navajo County, AZ David Rauch Data Analyst – Department of Innovation City of Austin, TX Meredith Roark City Clerk City of Decatur, GA Eric Sandoval GIS Administrator & Innovation Team Lead City of Salinas, CA Kara Sokol Director of Communications City of Ferndale, MI Maria Solano Management Analyst City of St. Louis Park, MN Greg Stopka Manager of Strategy and Innovation Park District of Oak Park, IL Catherine Tkachyk Chief Innovation & Performance Officer Cuyahoga County, OH Brian Uhl Director of Office of Innovation & Sustainability Springfield Township, OH

City, Town, County Management
nextERA Conference in a Box

Multi-day, national conferences provide excellent opportunities for professional development and networking. However, they can be cost and time prohibitive for public servants at all levels of their careers. Single-day local or regional conferences and workshops present a chance for professionals to network with others from their neighboring communities and participate in training and development activities without the steep price tag. In-person learning opportunities can be a great deal more engaging than conference calls or webinars. This document is intended to be used as a guide for planning and implementing such an event.

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