THE CITY INNOVATORS CHANGING AMERICA

We are the brainchild of Anthony Williams, former president of the National League of Cities. Our mission: to get city officials across America literally to pick up the phone and talk about best practices. So if you see an innovation that intrigues you (or even the music someone likes), look at the bottom of the story for contact info, and CONNECT!

How to Make Your City Compassionate

Greg Fischer, Mayor, Louisville City and Metro, Kentucky

Bob Marley

Categories: Kentucky, Louisville|Tags: , |

Creating A Portal for G2G Tech Needs

Phil Bertolini, CIO, Oakland County, MI

Queen

Categories: Michigan, Oakland County|Tags: |

Electric Powered Bikes for Your Town?

Alfred Knotts, Transportation Planning Manager, Park City, Utah

Alkaline Trio

Categories: Park City, Utah|Tags: , , |

Moving Your Town to E-Permits

Chris Anaradian, Director, Development Services, Queen Creek, Arizona

Temple of the Dog

Categories: Arizona, Queen Creek|Tags: |

Applying Science to Policymaking

David Yokum, Director, Lab @ DC, Washington, D.C.

Dispatch

Categories: District of Columbia|Tags: , |

Should Your City Step Up its Jail Diversion Efforts?

David Schwindt, Police Officer, Iowa City, Iowa

10,000 Maniacs

Categories: Iowa, Iowa City|Tags: , , |

How Sensors Can Improve Your Air Quality

Mike Lunn, Manager, Environmental Services Department, Grand Rapids, Michigan

Jethro Tull

Categories: Grand Rapids, Michigan|Tags: , |

Making Transport Easier for Your Seniors

Katie Knapp, Transportation & Mobility Coordinator, City of Evanston, Illinois

Michael Kiwanuka

Categories: Evanston, Illinois|Tags: , |

Making Your Capital Budget Understandable

Laura Larsen, Budget and Program Evaluation Manager, City of Madison, Wisconsin

Fun

Categories: Madison, Wisconsin|Tags: , |

A Way to Move Your Criminal Trials Faster

Mark Thompson, Assistant County Administrator, Department of Public Safety, Hennepin County, Minnesota

Deep Purple

Categories: Hennepin County, Minnesota|Tags: , |

Doing Your Tech Training In-House

Sherman Luk, Project Manager, Controller’s Office, City and County of San Francisco

Miles Davis

Categories: California, San Francisco|Tags: , |

How to Curb Your City’s Daily Commuting Mess

Caroline Chapman, GO Redmond Program Administrator, Redmond, WA

Sturgill Simpson

Categories: Washington|Tags: |

The Amazing Things Your City Can Find Out by Putting Sensors on Streetlights

Danielle DuMerer, CIO and Commissioner, Department of Innovation and Technology, City of Chicago

Broadcast

Categories: Chicago, Illinois|Tags: , |

How to Go Paperless

Babila Lima, Operations Officer, Fiscal & Administrative Division, Department of General Services, Baltimore, Maryland

Thievery Corporation

Categories: Baltimore, Maryland|Tags: |

How to Engage Your Residents About the Future

Natalia Urtubey, Executive Director, Imagine Boston 2030, City of Boston, MA

John Legend

Categories: Boston, Massachusetts|Tags: , |

Does Your City Need a Transportation App?

Cindy Patton, Acting Manager, Parking and Mobility Services, Denver Public Works - Transportation and Mobility, City and County of Denver, CO

The Lumineers

Categories: Colorado, Denver|Tags: , |

Measuring Your City’s “Wellbeing”

Ted Winterer, Mayor, City of Santa Monica, CA

The Rolling Stones

Categories: California, Santa Monica|Tags: , |

“Smart” Street Lights For Your City?

David Graham, Deputy Chief Operating Officer, Neighborhood Services, City of San Diego, California

The Flaming Lips

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How to Detect E. Coli in Your Water

Nick Lucius, Data Scientist, Department of Innovation and Technology, City of Chicago, Illinois

Frank Ocean

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How You Can Collect Data to Reduce Asthma

Grace Simrall, Chief of Civic Innovation and Technology, Louisville Metro Government, Louisville, Kentucky

Edward Elgar

Categories: Kentucky, Louisville|Tags: , , |

How to Get People to Read Your Data

Tim Moreland, Director of Office of Performance Management and Open Data, City of Chattanooga, TN

Categories: Chattanooga, Tennessee|Tags: , |

Linking Pay to Performance for Foster Care

Karen Anderson, Pay for Success Coordinator, Department of Children and Family Services, Cuyahoga County, Ohio

Categories: Cuyahoga County, Ohio|Tags: , |

How to Co-ordinate Your Smart City Projects

Kate Garman, Smart City Coordinator, IT Department, City of Seattle

Categories: Seattle, Washington|Tags: |

Using a Chatbot as Your City’s Eyes and Ears

Ryan Johnson, Department of Economic Development, North Charleston, SC

Categories: North Charleston, South Carolina|Tags: , , |

How to Improve Public Safety—and Get the Money to Do It

Mary Salas, Mayor, City of Chula Vista, CA

Categories: California, Chula Vista|Tags: , , |

How to Help Underserved Kids During the Summer

Nate Hinkel, Senior Communications Specialist, Department of Transit, City of Wichita, Kansas

Categories: Kansas, Wichita|Tags: |

How to Build an Innovation District

Allen Joines, Mayor, City of Winston-Salem, NC

Categories: North Carolina, Winston-Salem|Tags: , |

How to Know When Your Bike Trails Need Repairs

Marcus Coenen, Senior Transportation Planner, Des Moines Area Metropolitan Planning Organization, Des Moines, Iowa

Categories: Des Moines, Iowa|Tags: , |

How to Shift Cannabis Use to Legal Dispensaries

Ron Galperin, City Controller, Los Angeles, CA

Categories: California, Los Angeles|Tags: , |

Modernizing Your Water Meters—and Saving Your Customers and City Lots of Money

Heather Pohl, Project Manager, Public Utilities Commission, City of San Francisco

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How to Know if Remotely-Located Officers Need Help

Hank Partin, Sheriff, Montgomery County, Virginia

Molly Hatchet

Categories: Montgomery County, Virginia|Tags: , |

A Driverless Shuttle for Your Downtown?

Joanna Wadsworth, Program Manager, Department of Public Works, City of Las Vegas NV

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How to Get New Energy Systems Without Spending a Dime

Neal Pugliese, Director of Public Projects & Facilities, City of Beaufort, SC

Categories: Beaufort, South Carolina|Tags: , |

Deciding What Smart Tech You Should Have

Terry Yates, Infrastructure and Network Manager, Town of Cary, North Carolina

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An Inexpensive Way to Revitalize Older Neighborhoods

Harry LaRosiliere, Mayor, Plano, TX

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Better Water Meters for Your City

Jakeh Roberts, Operations & Maintenance Division Manager, Department of Public Works, Monroe, WA

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How to Engage Your Millennials

Kirby Clark, Communications Specialist, Police Department, Arlington County, VA

Categories: Arlington County, Virginia|Tags: , |

Curbing Opioid Overdoses

Eric Guenther, Chief of Police, City of Mundelein, IL

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How You and Your Tech Startups Can Help Each Other

Annia Aleman, Civic Innovation Specialist, City of Pittsburgh, PA

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Helping Your Residents Keep Up Their Homes

Jim Lane, Mayor, Scottsdale, AZ

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How to Predict Flooding

Dr. Samantha Danchuk, Assistant Director, Environmental Planning & Community Resilience Division, Broward County, FL

Categories: Broward County, Florida|Tags: |

A Cool Way to Show Your City’s Culture

Claudia Castro Luna, Civic Poet, City of Seattle, WA

Categories: Seattle, Washington|Tags: |

A Better Way to Keep Your Roads Repaired

Andrea Klopfenstein, Project Engineer, Peoria, IL

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How to Use Data To Stop Overdoses

Brandon Crowley, Chief Data Officer, City of Cincinnati, Ohio

Categories: Cincinnati, Ohio|Tags: |

How to Give Businesses a Better Experience Dealing with the City

Hillary Schieve, Mayor, Reno, Nevada

Categories: Nevada, Reno|Tags: |

Smart Bike Racks to Stop Thieves

Steve Beroldo, Bike Program Manager, Bay Area Rapid Transit ("BART"), Oakland, CA

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How to Make Diverse Schools More Successful

Shannon McParland, Principal, Sioux Trail Elementary School, Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District 191, Burnsville, MN

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An App for Affordable Housing

Erica Leak, Manager of Housing Policy and Planning, City of Austin, Texas

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How to Save Fire Trucks for When You Really Need Them

Andres Mercado, Firefighter/Paramedic (overseeing the Mobile Integrated Health Office), City of Santa Fe, NM

Categories: New Mexico, Santa Fe|Tags: , |

Does Your City Need a “Bar Tsar”?

Buddy Dyer, Mayor, Orlando, FL

Categories: Florida, Orlando|Tags: |

A Job Training Program that Solved Two Different Problems

Hollie Lee, Chief, Workforce Development Strategies, City of Charlottesville, Virginia

Categories: Charlottesville, Virginia|Tags: |

A New Position: Head of Homelessness

Shelley McKittrick, Homelessness Director, City of Aurora, CO

Categories: Aurora, Colorado|Tags: |

How to Dispose of Restaurant Grease

David McNeil, Environmental Services Manager, City of Tempe, Arizona

Categories: Arizona, Tempe|Tags: |

Digitizing Your Libraries

Laura Cole, BiblioTech Administrator, Bexar County, TX

Categories: Bexar County, Texas|Tags: |

A Quick Way to Curb Overdose Deaths

Lt. Detective Commander Patrick Glynn, Special Investigations and Narcotics Units, Quincy, Massachusetts

Categories: Massachusetts, Quincy|Tags: |

How to Upgrade Your Broadband—and Comply with State Laws

David P. Young, Manager, Fiber Infrastructure and Right of Way Construction Management, Department of Public Works and Utilities, Lincoln, Nebraska

Categories: Lincoln, Nebraska|Tags: |

How to Get “Reefer Revenue”

Don Stevens, Mayor, North Bonneville, WA

Categories: North Bonneville, Washington|Tags: , |

A Great Way to Improve Policing

Brandy Carney, Director, Public Safety & Justice Services, Cuyahoga County, Ohio

Categories: Cuyahoga County, Ohio|Tags: , |

A Quick Way to Ease Traffic and Parking

Cesar Hernandez, Government Relations Specialist, Hillsborough Area Regional Transit Authority (“HART”), Tampa, Florida

Categories: Florida, Orlando|Tags: |

How to Finance New Streetlights

Deanna Venker, Commissioner of Traffic, City of St. Louis

Categories: Missouri, St. Louis|Tags: , |

How to Save Lots of Money, Without Firing Anyone

Brian Elms, Director of Peak Academy and Analytics, City and County of Denver

Categories: Colorado, Denver|Tags: |

How to Get More Citizen Feedback

Carrie Peterson, Resource Development Manager, Department of Parks and Open Space, Eugene, Oregon

Categories: Eugene, Oregon|Tags: |

How to Retain City Employees

Nick Kittle, Former Chief Innovation Officer, Adams County, Colorado

Categories: Adams County, Colorado|Tags: |

Using Alexa to Get Your City Approvals

Rick Virmani, Development Services Systems Manager, City of Las Vegas

Categories: Las Vegas, Nevada|Tags: |

A Quick Way to Make Buildings More Energy-Efficient

Chris Castro, Director of Sustainability, City of Orlando, FL

Categories: Florida, Orlando|Tags: |

How to Expand Your Community Outreach

Christopher Koontz, Advance Planning Officer, City of Long Beach, Long Beach, California

Categories: California, Long Beach|Tags: |

Opening a Public Drug Injection Facility

Jeff Duchin, MD, Health Officer and Chief, Communicable Disease Epidemiology & Immunization Section, Public Health Seattle and King County, Washington

Categories: Seattle, Washington|Tags: |

Making Biz Tax Filings Easier

Jamie Carnell, Assistant Finance Director, Business Systems, Project Director for the Summit Re-Implementation Project, Seattle, Washington

Categories: Seattle, Washington|Tags: |

Getting Your Agencies to Love 311

Jean Ann Lawson, Chief Performance Officer, Office of the City Manager, Kansas City, Missouri

Categories: Kansas City, Missouri|Tags: |

Putting Smoke Detectors on a Network for Seniors

Dan Hoffman, Former Chief Innovation Officer, Montgomery County, Maryland

Categories: Maryland, Montgomery County|Tags: |

How to Handle the Last-Minute Rush for School Immunizations

Tiffany Wilkinson, MPH, Division Manager, Communicable Disease Prevention and Public Health Preparedness, Kansas City, Missouri

Categories: Kansas City, Missouri|Tags: |

Changing the Way Kids are Taught

Pete Piccolo, Executive Director of Innovation, Denver Public Schools, Denver, Colorado

Categories: Colorado, Denver|Tags: |

Dealing with an Angry Public

Lori Lightfoot, Chairman, Mayor’s Task Force on Police Accountability, City of Chicago

Categories: Chicago, Illinois|Tags: |

Right-sizing Fines for Low-income Residents

Anne Stuhldreher, Director of Financial Justice Project, City of San Francisco

Categories: California, San Francisco|Tags: |

Finding Loans for Neighborhood Shops

Jon Snyder, Director, Business Financial Resources, Department of Commerce, City of Philadelphia, PA

Categories: Pennsylvania, Philadelphia|Tags: |

Mapping Every Tree in NYC

Jacqueline Lu, Director of Data Analytics, City of New York Parks & Recreation

Categories: New York, New York City|Tags: |

Putting Sensors at Intersections to Maximize Green Lights

Alex Pazuchanics, Policy Coordinator, Office of the Mayor, Pittsburgh, PA

Categories: Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh|Tags: |

Giving Out Prizes for Ideas to Improve a City

Eric Espinosa, Co-leader, Mayor’s Cup, Los Angeles, CA

Categories: California, Los Angeles|Tags: |

Budgeting to Services Instead of Agencies

Andrew Kleine, Budget Director, City of Baltimore, MD

Categories: Baltimore, Maryland|Tags: |

Using Alexa to Get Your City Approvals

Rick Virmani, Development Services Systems Manager, City of Las Vegas

Categories: Las Vegas, Nevada|Tags: |

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