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City Innovation Professionals Forum

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.

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Tuesday, August 15

5:00 - 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

Lorraine B Good Room, Burlington City Arts Center, 135 Church Street, Burlington, VT 05401

​8:30 - 8:45am

Welcome & Introductions

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

Moderator: Brian Donoghue, South Bend IN

11:30am - 1:00pm

Lunch & Keynote

Beth Blauer, Center for Government Excellence, Johns Hopkins University

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, Johns Hopkins University

2:30 - 2:45pm


2:45 - 3:45pm

What’s next?

5:00 - 7:00pm

Welcome Reception: Summer 2017 Annual Meeting

Citizen Cider, 316 Pine St, #114, Burlington, VT, 05401

All Forum attendees are welcome to join us for the Summer 2017 Annual Meeting Reception & Dinner!

Shuttle pick-up: Proterra has donated use of an electric bus, and they will provide transportation to Citizen Cider. Meet the shuttle outside of Hotel VT/ Courtyard at 4:50pm or at 5:20pm for pick-up. Otherwise, Citizen Cider is a 0.7 mile walk down Pine St.



Arts Riot, 400 Pine St, Burlington, VT 05401

If you are staying for the Summer 2017 Annual Meeting, view full agenda here.

What Is Innovation? Whose Job Is It?


Innovation and the City, Neil Kleiman and Tom Hillard, Center for an Urban Future, November 1st, 2016. Read more.

Breakthrough Cities: How Cities Can Mobilise Creativity and Knowledge, Lauren Kahn et al, Creative Cities, May 31st, 2009. Read more.

Guide for Embedding Breakthrough Innovation in Local Government, Nigel Jacob, City Accelerator, January 12th, 2015. Read more.

Chief Innovation Officers: Do They Deliver?, Jeffrey Stinson, The Pew Charitable Trusts, February 6th, 2015. Read more.

The Elected Official as Chief Innovation Officer, Patrick Ibarra, National League of Cities, September 29th, 2016. Read more.

The Dawn of the Municipal Chief Innovation Officer, Emily Badger, Citylab, March 19th, 2012. Read more.

New D.C.Lab Wants to Use Big Data to Shape City Policy, Rachel Dovey, Next City, July 20th, 2017. Read more.

Reimagining What Works: Providence’s Culture of Innovation, Sharman Stein and Kristin Taylor, What Works Cities, July 20th, 2017. Read more.

Case Study: Boston’s Citywide Analytics Team, Katherine Hillenbrand, Data-Smart City Solutions, May 15th, 2017. Read more.

4 lessons from Boston’s Office of New Urban Mechanics, Sarah Wray, TM Forum, October 6th, 2016. Read more.

Three Themes From the i-teams Convening in New Orleans, Kevin Paul, Living Cities, September 30th, 2015. Read more.

How i-teams Get it Right When They Get it Wrong, Owen Stone, Living Cities, July 29th, 2016. Read more.

6 Traits of Productive Hackathons, Stephen Goldsmith, Data-Smart City Solutions, July 5th, 2017. Read more.

Pathways to Inclusion, Government of the District of Columbia, November 30th, 2016. Read more.

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


A digital right to the city: who defines democracy in smart cities?, Mark Dean, Bang the Table, April 19th, 2017. Read more.

Changing the Culture, What Works Cities, December 29th, 2015. Read more.

Trends in Smart City Development, Nicole DuPuis, et al, National League of Cities, January 1st, 2016. Read more.

The Rise of the Smart City, Michael Totty, The Wall Street Journal, April 16th, 2017. Read more.

An Open Letter to the Open Data Community, Civic Analytics Network, Data-Smart City Solutions, March 3rd, 2017. Read more.

A Better Way to Release Your City’s Data, Chris Bosquet, Data-Smart City Solutions, May 23rd, 2017. Read more.

Paving a Path from Open Data to Open Government in South Bend, Danielle Fulmer, Data-Smart City Solutions, May 8th, 2017. Read more.

Open Data in Louisville: Apps, Hackathons and Building Relationships, Emily Middleton, Government Innovators Network, July 5th, 2017. Read more.

How Seattle Molded an Open Data Policy That Worked for its Residents, Stephen Goldsmith, Government Technology, April 11th, 2017. Read more.

User-Friendliness Defines Chicago’s New Data Portal, Sean Thornton, Data-Smart City Solutions, April 20th, 2017. Read more.

Data for Black Lives Wants to Connect Scientists and Activists, Deonna Anderson, Next City, August 9th, 2017. Read more.

Protecting Data, Protecting Residents, Sunlight Foundation, February 10th, 2017. Read more.

The State of Performance Analytics in Local Governments: An Initial Assessment, Kevin C. Desouza, Arizona State University, February 8th, 2017. Read more.

Benchmarking, What Works Cities, December 8th, 2015. Read more.

Infusing Government with a Data-Driven Culture, Stephen Goldsmith, Governing, May 26th, 2016. Read more.

How Louisville Embedded Performance Management Into City Departments, Stephen Goldsmith, Data-Smart City Solutions, May 1st, 2017. Read more.

A Future Fueled by Data: Virginia Beach, Socrata, January 1st, 2017. Read more.

How Stat Got Stuck-In the Place That Made It Famous, J.B. Wogan, Governing, April 1st, 2017. Read more.

Ten Great Ways Data Can Make Government Better, Jane Wiseman and Stephen Goldsmith, Data-Smart City Solutions, May 11th, 2017. Read more.

Syracuse i-Team: Upgrading Infrastructure on a Limited Budget, Chris Bosquet, Data-Smart City Solutions, August 7th, 2017. Read more.

How Louisville Is Using GPS to Control Asthma, Laura Bliss, Citylab, August 9th, 2017. Read more.

New Tool Could Help Boston Renters See Beyond the Craigslist Ad, Rachel Dovey, Next City, August 9th, 2017. Read more.

An Open Data Hub That Builds Better Citizens, Laura Bliss, Citylab, July 12th, 2017. Read more.

Living in a 1.25 World: How Boston Uses Data to Keep Score, Sharman Stein and Kristin Taylor, What Works Cities, July 19th, 2017. Read more.

Mid-sized Albuquerque Brings Big-Time Data Game, Corey Cooper, What Works Cities, July 7th, 2017. Read more.

Transparency and Law Enforcement: Open Data Holds the Key, Jim Brooks, What Works Cities, July 27th, 2017. Read more.

Open Data Rebuilds Trust in the Dallas Police Department, Socrata, January 1st, 2017. Read more.

Jackson, Mississippi Uses Data to Manage Millions in Infrastructure Improvements, Socrata, January 1st, 2017. Read more.