Past: Winter 2016 Meeting

Thank you to everyone who braved the weather to join us in DC! 


Procurement as Economic Development
Nikki Fortunato Bas
Partnership for Working Families
Mark Thomas
Los Angeles CA
Javier Valdez and Kelsey Beck
Seattle WA


Building Rain Resilience
Harriet Festing
Center for Neighborhood Technology
Greg Simmons
Fort Worth TX
Innovation Showcase

Mayor Laurel Prussing, Urbana IL

Mayor Joe McElveen, Sumter SC

Mayor Miro Weinberger, Burlington VT


Data-driven Policy Making

Dan Hoffman, Montgomery County MD

Mayor Pete Buttigieg, South Bend IN

Jascha Franklin-Hodge, Boston MA

Mayor Andy Berke, Chattanooga TN


Integrating Behavioral Science into Policy-making

Elspeth Kirkman, Behavioural Insights Team


Thank you to our generous sponsors!


Thank you to the Economic Policy Institute to their generous in-kind donation of meeting space.

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Friday, January 22

​11:30am - 1:00pm

NEW LOCATION: Economic Policy Institute, 1333 H Street NW, Ste 300, East Tower, Washington, DC 20005

Steering Committee Meeting (members only)

1:00 - 2:00pm


2:15 - 4:00pm

Procurement as Economic Development

Learn how to use your contracting and procurement processes to support local businesses and create jobs for those who need them.

Nikki Fortunato Bas, Partnership for Working Families*

Mark Thomas, Los Angeles CA

Javier Valdez and Kelsey Beck, Seattle WA

4:00 - 4:15pm


4:15 - 6:00pm

Building Rain Resilience

As climate change worsens and storms get bigger, every city faces spot flooding issues. Learn how your city can track where flooding happens and help prevent it.

Harriet Festing, Center for Neighborhood Technology*

Greg Simmons, Fort Worth TX

6:00 - 7:00pm

Innovation Showcase

A new session at this Winter’s meeting, Mayors or city staff will have the opportunity to give a 3-minute presentation on a leading edge/innovative policy or program idea that they’ve successfully implemented.

​7:00 - 7:30pm


7:30 - 9:00pm


Saturday, January 23

7:30 - 8:30am

NEW LOCATION: Topaz Hotel, Sanctuary Room, Topaz Hotel, 1733 N Street, NW, Washington, DC, 20036


​8:30 - 10:30am

Data-driven Policy Making

We’re all swimming in data these days. How can your city collect, interpret, and use data to improve policies, programs, and service to your citizens?

Dan Hoffman, Montgomery County MD*

Mayor Pete Buttigieg, South Bend IN

Jascha Franklin-Hodge, Boston MA*

Mayor Andy Berke, Chattanooga TN

10:30 - 10:45am


Mayors Innovation Project Summer 2016 Meeting

10:45 - 12:45pm

Integrating Behavioral Science into Policy-making

Learn from some of the top minds in the field how to craft “nudges” at the local level.

Elspeth Kirkman, Behavioural Insights Team*



*presenting remotely

Procurement as Economic Development


Delivering Community Benefits through Economic Development, Ben Beach, Julian Gross, and Almas Sayeed, Partnership for Working Families, January 1st, 2014. Read more.

Contracting for Equity, Tim Lohrentz, Government Alliance for Race and Equity. Read more.

What is a Project Labor Agreement?, California Construction Academy, UCLA Labor Center, January 1st, 2013. Read more.

The Construction Careers Handbook, Kathleen Mulligan-Hansel, Sebrina Owens-Wilson, and Ben Beach, Partnership for Working Families, January 1st, 2013. Read more.

Cities Pave the Way: Promising Reentry Policies that Promote Local Hiring with Criminal Records, National League of Cities Institute for Youth, Education, & Families and National Employment Law Project. Read more.

Executive Order 2014-03: Equity in City Contracting, Office of Mayor Edward B. Murray, City of Seattle, April 1st, 2014. Read more.

Priority Hire on City Construction Projects, City of Seattle, WA, October 1st, 2015. Read more.

Ordinance No. 181520, City of Los Angeles, CA, January 11th, 2011. Read more.

Ordinance 2:4-20, City of Newark, NJ, October 13th, 2000. Read more.

Cincinnati Hopes More Minority-Owned Businesses Will Get a Piece of City projects, Oscar Perry Abello, Next City, December 9th, 2015. Read more.

Pittsburgh Digitizes Procurement Tools, Robert Zullo, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, November 4th, 2015. Read more.

Mayor Lee Announces Local Hire Implementation Plan, Office of the Mayor, City and County of San Francisco, CA, March 9th, 2011. Read more.

San Francisco Local Hiring Policy for Construction Fact Sheet, Office of the Mayor, City and County of San Francisco . Read more.

Building Rain Resilience


Our Changing Climate: Heavy Downpours Increasing, National Climate Assessment, October 1st, 2014. Read more.

Reducing Damage from Localized Flooding: A Guide for Communities, Federal Emergency Management Agency, June 1st, 2015. Read more.

Illinois Urban Flooding Awareness Act Report, Illinois Department of Natural Resources, June 1st, 2015. Read more.

Banking on Green, American Rivers, the Water Environment Federation, the American Society of Landscape Architects, and ECONorthwest, April 1st, 2012. Read more.

Ten Actions for Cities + Towns, The Center for Neighborhood Technology, January 8th, 2016. Read more.

A Rain Ready Nation: Protecting American Homes and Businesses in a Changing Climate, The Center for Neighborhood Technology, January 1st, 2015. Read more.

Climate Projections & Scenario Development, DC Department of Energy & Environment, June 1st, 2015. Read more.

Climate Change may Spark Debate in Washington, but DC is Preparing for It, Martin Austermuhle, WAMU 88.5, American University Radio, February 5th, 2015. Read more.

Protecting People and Property, Erik Gunn, Municipal Sewer & Water, September 1st, 2014. Read more.

Pittsburgh Residents Turn to Rain Barrels as Worsening Deluge Looms, Matthew Santoni,, June 17th, 2015. Read more.

Climate Change is Happening, and Cities Need to Pay Attention Now, Chris Toman, Governing, July 2nd, 2014. Read more.

Cities Give Alleys New Life, Elizabeth Daigneau, Governing, May 1st, 2015. Read more.

Rainwater Harvesting Rebate, City of Tuscon, AZ, May 1st, 2015. Read more.

Data Driven Policy Making


How Governments Will Change to Better Serve Citizens in 2016, Maury Blackman, TechCrunch , November 24th, 2015. Read more.

7 Ideas for Using Government Data More Effectively, Katherine Barrett and Richard Greene, Governing, December 1st, 2015. Read more.

The Next Big Thing in Data Analytics, Katherine and Richard Greene, Governing, July 1st, 2015. Read more.

Smart City as a Service: Using Analytics to Equip Communities for Data-Driven Decisions, Brian Cotton, Frost & Sullivan, January 1st, 2015. Read more.

Smart Cities Readiness Guide, Smart Cities Council, January 1st, 2015. Read more.

A New Standard for What Works in City Government, Stephen Goldsmith, Governing, December 21st, 2015. Read more.

Food Inspection Violation, Anticipating Risk (FIVAR) Montgomery County, MD, Carey Anne Nadeau, Open Data Nation, January 1st, 2015. Read more.

IoT Testbed Targets Improved Farming Practices, Doug Peeples, Smart Cities Council, September 9th, 2015. Read more.

Local Governments Partner with D.C. Tech Incubator to Make Cities Smarter, Aaron Wiener, Washington City Paper, Housing Complex, May 7th, 2015. Read more.

How South Bend, IN Saved $100 Million by Tracking its Sewers, J.J. McCorvey, Fast Company , August 5th, 2013. Read more.

Vacant & Abandoned Properties Task Force Report, Mayor Pete Buttigieg, City of South Bend, IN, February 1st, 2013. Read more.

Massachusetts Fine Tunes Public Works through Data Analytics, Michael Ward, Data-Smart City Solutions, November 11th, 2015. Read more.

In Boston, Tracking Data to Score Government Progress, PBS Newshour, December 19th, 2015. Read more.

Tracking Boston’s Progress with Just One Number, Jess Bidgood, New York Times, October 8th, 2015. Read more.

How Boston’s Tech Department and Parking Officials Fixed the Nightmare Known as ‘Moving Day’, Susan Crawford, Backchannel , December 18th, 2015. Read more.

From Algorithm to Action: How Chicago Operationalized its Predictive Analytics for Food Inspections, Sean Thornton, Data-Smart City Solutions, October 30th, 2015. Read more.

What Good Data and Good People can Accomplish, Stephen Goldsmith, Governing, December 4th, 2015. Read more.

A Medium-Size City’s Approach to Data, Dave Nyczepir, Route Fifty, November 5th, 2015. Read more.

Led by Big Data (Part II), Sam Edelstein, Innovation Team, December 23rd, 2015. Read more.

The UK Big Data Project Playing Moneyball to Build Smarter Cities, Katie Allen, The Guardian, January 3rd, 2016. Read more.

Integrating Behavioral Science into Policy-making


BIT Update Report: 2013 - 2015, The Behavioural Insights Team. Read more.

The Rise of Nudge - The Unit Helping Politicians to Fathom Human Behaviour, Tamsin Rutter, The Guardian, July 23rd, 2015. Read more.

Behaviorists Show the U.S. How to Improve Government, Binyamin Appelbaum, The New York Times, September 29th, 2015. Read more.

Surfacing the Submerged State with Operational Transparency in Government Services, Ryan W. Buell and Michael I. Norton, Harvard Business School, November 4th, 2013. Read more.

Anita Adams, Labor Equity Program Supervisor, Seattle, WA

Karen Alexander, Mayor, Salisbury, NC

Kelsey Beck, Senior Policy Advisor, Seattle, WA

Stephen Benjamin, Mayors Innovation Project Steering Committee Member, Mayor, Columbia, SC

Rosalynn Bliss, Mayors Innovation Project Steering Committee Member, Mayor, Grand Rapids, MI

Peter Buttigieg, Mayor, South Bend, IN

Dave Cieslewicz, Mayors Innovation Project Advisory Committee Member, Executive Director, Former Mayor, Wisconsin Bike Federation, Madison, WI

Chris Clark, Councilmember & Former Mayor, Mountain View, CA

Ronald Denson, Mayor, Calumet Park, IL

Steve Dubb, Director of Special Projects, Democracy Collaborative

Ralph Garboushian, Washington Assistant, CapitalEdge

Hunter Hayes, Founder/CEO, Zerocycle

James  Irwin, Associate Director, Mayors Innovation Project

Mark Kleinschmidt, Mayors Innovation Project Advisory Committee Member, Former Mayor, Chapel Hill, NC

Chris Koos, Mayor, Normal, IL

Cliff Majersik, Executive Director, Institute for Market Transformation

Joseph McElveen, Mayor, Sumter, SC

Emily Miota, Events Specialist, Mayors Innovation Project

Laurel Prussing, Mayor, Urbana, IL

Satya Rhodes-Conway, Managing Director, Mayors Innovation Project

Joel Rogers, Director, Mayors Innovation Project Steering Committee Member, COWS

Shireen Santosham, Director of Innovation, Policy Advisor, Mayor's Office, San Jose, CA

Greg Simmons, Assistant Director, Transportation and Public Works, Fort Worth, TX

Mark Thomas, Director, Mayor's Operations Innovation Team, Los Angeles, CA

Javier Valdez, Special Assistant on WMBE Programs, Office of the Mayor, Seattle, WA

Zachary Vruwink, Mayor, Wisconsin Rapids, WI

Miro Weinberger, Mayors Innovation Project Steering Committee Member, Mayor, Burlington, VT