ELGL19 Session: Innovation from Coast to Coast Pt. 1

Posted on January 14, 2019

Innovation from Coast to Coast pt 1

Breakout: Innovation from Coast to Coast – Part 1

All across the country local governments are working to make services better for their residents by trying out new ideas and new approaches to problems that many communities face. In this session we want to take a look at how three different organizations are approaching problem solving and innovation. Anchorage, Alaska, Mobile, Alabama and Syracuse, New York all have tackled different issues in their communities and staff from these cities will share their city’s innovation philosophy, examples of their work, and lessons that they have learned.


Terrance Smith Adria Finch Brendan Babb
Terrance Smith
Innovation Team Director
Mobile, Alabama
LinkedIn & Twitter
Adria Finch
Director of Innovation
Syracuse, New York
LinkedIn & Twitter
Brendan Babb
Chief Innovation Officer
Anchorage, Alaska
LinkedIn & Twitter

Track: Innovation & Process Improvement

What does innovation in government really look like? Is it the latest and greatest technology solution? Is it blockchain? No, it’s about staying relevant, adapting, evolving, solving complex problems and making communities better for the people we serve. In this track you will learn from organizations across the country that are taking new approaches to local government services. From Syracuse to Los Angeles and everywhere in between, there are great lessons to be learned and ideas to be shared.

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