About nextERA

The nextERA Advisory Group is an advocacy group for 21st Century innovative local government. Created 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. Created 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 Strategic Initiatives Manager Durham County, NC Toy Beeninga Budget & Management Services City of Raleigh, NC Dana Clarke Mgr of Innovation & Continous Improvement City of Barrie, ON CANADA Charisse Deschenes Assistant City Manager City of Sequim, WA Ed Foley Director of Enterprise Management Office and Institutional Effectiveness Metropolitan Community College (Kansas City, KS) Kristen Gorham Senior Management Analyst City of Chamblee, GA Kyle Kridler Assistant City Manager City of Delaware, OH Bryan Layton Assistant County Manager Navajo County, AZ Eric Sandoval (AFI Board Rep) GIS Administrator & Innovation Team Lead City of Salinas, CA Kara Sokol Director of Communications City of Ferndale, MI Greg Stopka (Chair) Manager of Strategy and Innovation Park District of Oak Park, IL Catherine Tkachyk (Vice Chair) Chief Innovation & Performance Officer Cuyahoga County, OH Brian Uhl Assistant City Administrator City of Springdale, 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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