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Fiscal Sustainability in a Recession

Alliance for Innovation
by Jim Ley In 1998 a black swan descended upon the economy, devastating financial and real estate markets. That was the beginning of my sixth recession while serving in local government. Now we find ourselves immersed in a self-imposed crisis, once again devastating local budgets just as they had emerged…
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Now Is a Great Time to be Procreative!

Alliance for Innovation
by Katy Simon Holland, President, Simon and Associates Consulting  We know you Innovators…reading all you can get your sweet hands on to help decipher the best way forward for your organization and your community during this uncertain time.  And if you’re like me, you’re reading informative and provocative pieces with…
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Video Testing Course

Alliance for Innovation
Here is our testing for video’s to be hosted on our site instead of Vimeo. Fingers crossed!   http://www.transformgov.org/member-resources/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/Park-District-of-Oak-Park-IL-Innovation-Strategy-Overview-Dec-2019.mp4  
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Creativity in Fleet Management — 2

Alliance for Innovation
The city of Glendale, Arizona recently implemented a unique program to leverage the presence of private sector rideshare programs to address an age-old problem – underutilization of fleet vehicles. We know that one of the ways we can ensure we are effective stewards of taxpayer dollars is improving asset management which is…
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Athens-Clarke County’s Innovation Academy

Alliance for Innovation
Athens-Clarke County shares its innovation efforts in their organization. Their innovation story shows how investing in innovation brings positive organizational change and effective solutions to local government. by Catherine Bennett, Organizational Development Administrator Athens-Clarke County has shared several things about their innovation efforts in their organization. From dedicated innovation staff…
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Lessons Learned for New Office of Innovation

Alliance for Innovation
How to start up an innovation office with the best chance for success. by Catherine Tkachyk, Chief Innovation & Performance Officer for Cuyahoga County, Ohio I have worked in a government innovation office for the last eight years in four different roles and two different communities.  In that time, I’ve…
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The New Municipal Employee: Adaptability Versus Specialty

Alliance for Innovation
The employee who can adapt to rapid change and quickly learn new skills will become more important than a specialist for municipal governments. In the June 2019 issue of The Atlantic, Jerry Seem wrote an article titled, At Work, Expertise Is Falling Out of Favor. The article was about the…
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Transforming a City Government from the Outside In

Alliance for Innovation
The “Before” State Auckland Council has 10,000 employees across 9 organizations, serving 1.5 million people who can name on average 3 of the over 2,000 services the city provides. The brief for the digital transformation project was to shift the behavior of citizens to self-serve online by re-engineering the top…
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Creativity in Fleet Management

Alliance for Innovation
The city of Glendale, Arizona recently implemented a unique program to leverage the presence of private sector rideshare programs to address an age-old problem – underutilization of fleet vehicles We know that one of the ways we can ensure we are effective stewards of taxpayer dollars is improving asset management…
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Investing in Health Equity

Alliance for Innovation
Grand Rapids, MI is using data to improve health and equity in their community. Contributors: Becky Jo Glover & Alex Melton, City of Grand Rapids and Samantha Breslin, MPA Project Coordinator, City Health Dashboard, Department of Population Health, NYU School of Medicine Grand Rapids is one of the fastest-growing U.S. cities with…
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Olathe’s Innovation Journey

Alliance for Innovation
The City of Olathe’s leadership knows the value of having a culture of innovation. Learn how the city has worked carefully toward building innovation into our culture in multiple ways over multiple years. Getting Started To better understand what it means to build a culture of innovation, the City of…
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“Donation Meters” to Address Homelessness and Panhandling

Alliance for Innovation
See how some cities are taking an innovative approach to deter panhandling while promoting donations to bolster services for homeless populations. Cities across the nation have been repurposing their old parking meters into “giving meters” to help promote donating to homeless services and nonprofits. These special meters are found in…
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Creating Innovation Excellence Programs

Alliance for Innovation
Henderson, Nevada shares their journey in creating innovation and performance excellence programs in their organization and offers best practices. Encouraged by City Manager, Richard Derrick, to think outside the box and look for new ways to be more efficient, Henderson, NV started their innovation/performance excellence programs in 2012, after experiencing difficult…
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Case Study: Fort Collins’ Broadband Journey

Alliance for Innovation
Alliance for Innovation CEO Joel Carnes spoke with Darin Atteberry, City Manager of Fort Collins, CO about the City’s journey towards achieving high-speed municipal broadband. ARTICLE | Dec 10, 2019 Fort Collins’ path is filled with heroic action, stepping in to elevate internet service for their residents and businesses to…
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The Devil is in the Data

Alliance for Innovation
The City of Shawnee, KS uses data governance to transform its response to fire emergencies and create a safer community. In the world of public safety, anecdotal evidence has historically been referenced as rationale for program implementation, adjustment, or termination. Oftentimes a single event, or series of events, is the…
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Diversity = A Beautiful Mosaic

Alliance for Innovation
The City of Montogomery, OH, shares their journey on educating their community to embrace their neighbors and make Montgomery a welcoming community in the face of intolerance. TLG presenter, the City of Montgomery, shares how they targeted injustices in their community in a Q+A style article. Q. What do you…
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Kids, Asthma, Sensors Oh My!

Alliance for Innovation
The City and County of Denver, explains how their Love My Air Program uses data and community partnership to create a healthier Denver. ARTICLE | Mar 2, 2020 Walking the yellow brick road of health and air monitoring by City and County of Denver, CO The City and County of…
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Broadband’s Economic Impact

Alliance for Innovation
High-speed broadband is increasingly becoming an indicator of economic prosperity for communities Aneyssa Romo Internet connectivity and the availability of high-speed broadband has become an area of concern for many communities as leaders understand the necessity of an internet connection to fully participate in today’s society. However, many communities still…
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Innovator’s Journey: Tom Bonfield and Durham’s Affordable Housing Strategy

Alliance for Innovation
The Alliance for Innovation spoke with Tom Bonfield, City Manager of Durham, NC about the city’s affordable housing strategy Tom Bonfield, Durham City Manager AFI: When you started at the City 12 years ago, was the City of Durham an essential figure in the affordable housing strategy? Tom Bonfield: There was…
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Beyond “Back to normal”

Alliance for Innovation
After COVID-19, is “back to normal” the best we can do. Dr. Peter Bishop, Rebecca Ryan and a community of over 130 participants to discuss brighter future. Check out our conversation with Dr. Peter Bishop, Rebecca Ryan, and a community of over 130 participants about whether “Back to Normal” is the…
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Innovation…For What?

Alliance for Innovation
Pam Davis of the City of Boulder uncovers the responsibility local government leaders have to ensure that innovation makes their organizations more just, equitable and accessible by Pam Davis, Senior Management Analyst, City of Boulder In the eight years I have collaborated with the Alliance for Innovation, I have lost…
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Innovator’s Journey: Darin Atteberry and Fort Collins Broadband

Alliance for Innovation
Alliance for Innovation CEO, Joel Carnes, spoke with Darrin Atteberry, City Manager of Fort Collins, CO, about the city’s journey in achieving high-speed municipal broadband. Through their conversation, it is realized that Darin and Fort Collins’ path to broadband was ultimately a path to transformative organizational change as they created…
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Innovator’s Journey: Thomas Reeves & Crisis Communication

Alliance for Innovation
The Alliance for Innovation spoke with Thomas Reeves, Communications & Media Relations Officer for the City of Modesto, CA about how to communicate during a crisis AFI: Prior to the COVID-19 outbreak, did you have a crisis communications plan? Thomas Reeves: Well, we did. It’s quite old, and what we…
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Essential Animal Services During COVID-19

Alliance for Innovation
National Animal Care & Control Association’s statement on animal services during times of crisis https://www.nacanet.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/4.Essential-Animal-Services-During-COVID-19.pdf 4.Essential-Animal-Services-During-COVID-19
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Energy Booster #3: Shift the Narrative

Alliance for Innovation
Energy Booster #3: Shift the Narrative https://vimeo.com/399907540/ed8d2d7c32 https://vimeo.com/399907540/ed8d2d7c32
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Energy Booster #2: AMP up acknowledgment

Alliance for Innovation
Energy Booster #2: AMP up acknowledgment https://vimeo.com/399894838/d4d9086591 https://vimeo.com/399894838/d4d9086591
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Energy Booster #1: Start with Appreciation

Alliance for Innovation
Energy Booster #1: Start with Appreciation https://vimeo.com/399894838/d4d9086591 https://vimeo.com/399894838/d4d9086591
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National Animal Care and Control

Alliance for Innovation
NACA Statement on Essential Animal Services During COVID-19
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Leading the Way to Fiscal Health

Alliance for Innovation
As the fiscal reality facing government entities across the nation becomes more challenging to manage and the necessary financial choices become more difficult to make, the role of leadership must a assume a new and more critical dimension – that of being true diagnosticians
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Seeing Things Differently

Alliance for Innovation
Challenges facing local governments today literally requires a new way to see. It’s as if our vision has been blurred by extraordinary stress of managing in this complex economic environment
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Fiscal Crisis: Taking Stock and Looking Forward

Alliance for Innovation
As the fiscal downturn began to affect local governments worldwide, ICMA and the Alliance for Innovation began a longitudinal study of its impact and the creative responses of cities and counties. This article summarizes their findings. The fiscal crisis that has engulfed local governments in the United States has the…
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Protect your Community with Financial Planning

Alliance for Innovation
Long-term financial planning combines financial forecasting with financial strategizing to identify future challenges and opportunities, causes of fiscal imbalances, and strategies to secure financial sustainability. Click here for content
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10 Things Government Agencies Can Do Now to Help Small Businesses Cope with COVID_19 Crisis

Alliance for Innovation
10 Things Government Agencies Can Do Now to Help Small Businesses Cope with COVID_19 Crisis
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Anatomy of a Priority-Driven Budget Process

Alliance for Innovation
A white paper written by The Government Finance Officers Association on how to effectively design and implement a priority-based budget plan for a given municipality. Click to download white paper.  
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It’s All in the Questions – The Manager’s Role in Acheiving Fiscal Health (Part 2)

Alliance for Innovation
Continuation of a series of basic diagnostic questions, the manager will gain a better assessment of the positive signs of the organization’s fiscal health and the root causes of the fiscal “dis-ease” impacting long-term financial sustainability. Link to Download
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It’s All in the Questions – The Manager’s Role in Acheiving Fiscal Health (Part 1)

Alliance for Innovation
This article from the September issue of PM Magazine discusses the basic diagnostic questions that a city manager must ask in order to gain a better understanding of the organization’s fiscal health. Click to Download
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Getting Your Priorities Straight

Alliance for Innovation
PM Magazine discusses priority based budgeting and the financial crisis.. Click to Download
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Civility and Decorum Policies

Alliance for Innovation
Code of Conduct guidelines or policies for community engagement/public events Request: What are some examples of a dignified discourse/anti-bullying/public engagement code of conduct-type of guide or policy? Background: The goal of public meetings is to encourage discourse and engagement from our communities. It is important that we hear their voices…
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Academic Institution Partnerships

ICMA
There are a few member communities that are interested in establishing a collaborative relationship with their local academic institutions. Are there examples of MOUs or other agreements that local governments have in place to facilitate these relationships?   Summary of Findings Academic institutions and different communities often work together when…
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Leadership ICMA Capstone: Navajo County Reset Strategy

ICMA
The County of Navajo, Arizona requested the development of budgetary tools and long-term financial planning models that align with the County’s Strategic Plan in an effort to strengthen fiscal sustainability Click to Download
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Lower Providence Township’s Finance Strategy

ICMA
Following a four year general budget deficit paired with financial scrutiny the Lower Providence Township had to declare the problems they were having and decide how to go about changing them. To alleviate this reoccurring issue the Township Finance Committee implemented a series of three self-monitoring financial tests which aimed…
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OnDemand Transit: Powered by Partnership with Uber

ICMA
OnDemand Transit: Powered by Partnership with Uber https://vimeopro.com/user94993298/a4iwebinars/video/322057097
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Next Big Things (full report)

Rebecca Ryan
Imagine our communities one generation from now. The Next Big Things report highlights 44 trends in four categories – Resources, Technology, Demographics, and Governance – that will impact how local government operates in the next generation. And it equips you with tools to be a FUTURE READY COMMUNITY! The Next…
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The Crisis Communication Checklist: 16 Things You Need to Ask While Planning

ICMA
A solid crisis communication plan and advance preparation permits a local government to be proactive instead of reactive. Checklist – Crisis Communications Planning In times of disruptive change, a solid crisis communication plan and advance preparation permits a local government to be proactive instead of reactive and to employ customized…
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Recommendations for an Effective National Mitigation Effort

NEMA
Building stronger partnerships, increased resilience and disaster resistance for a safer nation   by Ed Everett, Retired City Manager   Government acting alone cannot solve the COVID-19 pandemic crisis. We must encourage and challenge our residents to unleash their many talents to help their community cope with this crisis. Cities…
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Economic Resilience: No Bigs Ideas Needed

Kevin Desouza
Lifecycle of resilience systems and the role of economic vulnerability and resilience play in ensuring a city’s future resilience. by Ed Everett, Retired City Manager Government acting alone cannot solve the COVID-19 pandemic crisis. Cities have amazingly smart, creative, resourceful, kind and caring residents who are willing and able to…
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Building Resilient Communities During Disruptive Change Part 3: Community Engagement and Building Public Trust

ICMA
Tools needed to engage the community and help you build and maintain public trust.   by Ed Everett, Retired City Manager Government acting alone cannot solve the COVID-19 pandemic crisis. Cities have amazingly smart, creative, resourceful, kind and caring residents who are willing and able to help.  We must encourage…
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Strategic Risk Management Report

City of Fort Collins
City of Fort Collins developed the Strategic Risk Management program http://www.transformgov.org/articles/during-crisis-cities-must-think-and-act-dramatically-differently
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Risk Management: A Comprehensive Approach

ICMA
Risk mgt. is the process of assessing risk and shows how traditional risk mgt. is being applied to new areas of local gov. http://www.transformgov.org/articles/during-crisis-cities-must-think-and-act-dramatically-differently
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Cybersecurity: What’s Your Risk

Wayne Sommer
Two local govt. experts suggest six questions managers should ask. Wayne Sommer; Tim McCain, Aurora, Colorado “Cybersecurity is an iceberg topic: The largest part is what you don’t see—and that’s the part that can sink an organization,” wrote Wayne Sommer, internal audit manager in Aurora, Colorado, and former director of…
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Scenario Planning for Anxious Times

Rebecca Ryan
When you have no idea what your future will be, how can you plan? Here’s a 6-step process to get clear and get ready. When you have no idea what your future will be, how can you plan? Here’s a 6-step process to get clear and get ready. 1. Start…
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During This Crisis Cities Must Think and Act Dramatically Differently

Ed Everett
Cities must empower, engage, encourage residents to withstand crisis by Ed Everett, Retired City Manager Government acting alone cannot solve the COVID-19 pandemic crisis. Cities have amazingly smart, creative, resourceful, kind and caring residents who are willing and able to help.  We must encourage and challenge our residents to unleash…
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Best Friends Animal Society

Peter Wolf
Best Friends Animal Society Recommendations for pet-friendly exemptions to shelter-in-place orders
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ICMA-RC resources in time of market volatility

Regina Hargraves
Listing of resources and references from AFI Partner ICMA-RC to help manage during the COVID-19 crisis.
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“Connect. Support. House.” San Diego’s Strategy to Reduce Homelessness

City of San Diego
The City of San Diego, CA, shares how their “Connect. Support. House.” strategy has helped to acknowledge and reduce homelessness in their community. In 2017, San Diego County faced a public health crisis that hit the City of San Diego’s homeless community particularly hard — and it was a wakeup…
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Grand Rapids Digital Government Experience Awards

Alliance for Innovation
AFI Member, Grand Rapids, MI receives honors for digital governance innovations. Our Alliance for Innovation member, Grand Rapids, MI has received national recognition for their innovations in digital government experience. We want to celebrate and shine a light on their award-winning programs. Grand Rapids’ GR PayIt app won the Center for Digital Government’s…
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“Give 5” Civic Engagement

ICMA
Following a listening tour in Springfield, MO’s most under-resourced area, the City Manager’s Office and Department of Public Information & Civic Engagement created the Give 5 program to maximize civic engagement in addressing identified challenges. Summary Five macro-trends informed the program’s creation: 10,000 Baby Boomers are turning 65 and retiring every day…
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Navigating the Fiscal Crisis: An Introduction for Elected Officials

Alliance for Innovation
As the fiscal crisis around the country threatens more and more local governments, officials are faced with increasing challenges and a need for immediate action. The vision and the leadership of elected officials are keys to sustaining local governments through this crisis. This executive summary for elected officials: Describes the…

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