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City Innovation Professionals Forum

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Wednesday, August 16
Burlington, VT


We’re hosting a daylong forum exclusively for city innovation professionals (Chief Innovation Officers, Chief Data Officers, Strategy Officers, Performance Management Directors, Chief of Civic Innovation, or others with similar job responsibilities) to provide them with an opportunity to network and learn from each other while discussing timely and relevant issues. The meeting will take place immediately before the Mayors Innovation Project Summer 2017 Annual Meeting.


Leaders of the Mayors Innovation Project have long focused on creative ways to improve their cities. Increasingly, they are designating staff or teams to focus specifically on innovative ways to improve the function of their governments and the lives of their citizens. Chief Innovation Officers (or professionals with similar job responsiblilities) draw on tools and strategies from many disciplines – performance management, big data analysis, behavioral science – and a host of new technologies.


Registrants for the City Innovation Professionals Forum will receive a discount to the Summer 2017 Annual Meeting directly after. Learn more about the Summer Meeting here.

Tuesday, August 15

5:30 - 7:00pm

Welcome Reception

American Room, 2nd Floor, Hotel Vermont, 41 Cherry Street, Burlington, VT


Dinner on your own

Wednesday, August 16

8:00am - 8:30am

Registration & Breakfast

Burlington City Arts Center, 135 Church Street, Burlington, VT 05401

​8:30 - 8:45am

Welcome & Introductions

Mayor Miro Weinberger and Beth Anderson, Burlington VT

8:45 - 9:45am


  • How is your office structured?
  • What are you working on?

9:45 - 10:00am


10:00 - 11:30am

What is Innovation? Whose Job is it?

Innovation professionals do many different things, and each city has its own approach to innovation. How are these offices structured? What are the pros and cons? What have we learned about working with other city departments, elected officials, and the public?

Beth Anderson, Burlington VT

Nigel Jacob, Boston MA

Brian Elms, Denver CO

Adria Finch, Syracuse NY

11:30am - 1:00pm

Lunch & Keynote

1:00 - 2:30pm

The Intersection of Open Data, Big Data, & Performance Management

How can CIOs help cities benefit from the tremendous recent advances in data access, analytics, and management tools? What new approaches are emerging by combining these resources? How can this information be rapidly analyzed and deployed in a useful contextualized way?

Daro Mott, Louisville KY

Santiago Garces, South Bend IN

Oliver Wise, New Orleans LA

Julie Steenson, Kansas City MO

Moderator: Eric Reese, Center for Government Excellence, John Hopkins University

2:30 - 2:45pm


2:45 - 3:45pm

What’s next?

5:00 - 7:00pm

Welcome Reception: Summer 2017 Annual Meeting

We hope you’ll stay for the Summer 2017 Annual Meeting, directly after the forum! Forum attendees receive a discount to the Summer Annual Meeting. View agenda and details here.


Member cities: FREE

Non-member cities: $150/person

Non-profits/Academic: $200/person

For-profit/prospective sponsors: Contact us to learn more about sponsorship.


Register using the above link. The event is open to city innovation professionals only (Chief Innovation Officers, Chief Data Officers, Strategy Officers, Performance Management Directors, Chief of Civic Innovation, or others with similar job responsibilities). Please contact us with questions.

City representatives who attend the City Innovation Professionals Forum will also receive a $100 registration discount to attend Summer 2017 Annual Meeting directly after, August 16 - 18 (note: this discount is for city staff only). Learn more about the Summer Annual Meeting & register here



Attendees are responsible for their own hotel costs and reservations. A limited number of rooms are available in our room block at the Hotel Vermont, 41 Cherry Street, Burlington, VT 05401 at a rate of $209/night for the nights of 8/15, 8/16, or 8/17 and $229/night for the night of 8/18. Please contact Emily Miota to book or learn more. All meeting activities will either be within short walking distance of the hotels (10 minutes or less) or transportation will be provided to any outings.


Getting to Burlington

Attendees should arrange their own travel. Burlington International Airport (BTV) is 4 miles from downtown. Options for ground transportation include:


Dress & Weather
Dress for the forum is business casual, with an emphasis on casual. Temperatures in August in Burlington average in the 60s & 70s. Please dress comfortably for the weather. Please let us know if you have any mobility needs.
Content: Satya Rhodes-Conway, W 608.262.5387, C 608.320.4426, satya@mayorsinnovation.org
Logistics: Emily Miota, W 608.263.7958, C 262.853.6863, ejmiota@mayorsinnovation.org