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Academy Recap: Storytelling

The third cohort of the Academy for Municipal Innovation kicked off in October 2015. This is a blog series written by participants about their experiences in the program. Today’s author is Sarah DeWolf, Director of Performance Management in the Department of Public Health.  As I headed to class on Tuesday, I wondered how professors Mark Havens and Jeff Clemmons would…

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Academy Recap: Cobra Skin

The third cohort of the Academy for Municipal Innovation kicked off in October 2015. This is a blog series written by participants about their experiences in the program. Today’s author is Nick Jann, Manager of Special Projects in the Office of Economic Development.  In our recent session at the Academy of Municipal Innovation at Philadelphia University, conducted by Jeff Klemens…

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Academy Recap: Integrated Design Thinking

The third cohort of the Academy for Municipal Innovation kicked off in October 2015. This is a blog series written by participants about their experiences in the program. Today’s author is Amanda Wagner, Customer Service Programs Strategist in the Managing Director’s Office.  Within the initial two classes of the Innovation Academy the same statement has been reiterated: city…

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Philadelphia Wins First in 2015 Digital Cities Survey

The City of Philadelphia was awarded first place in the Center for Digital Government (CDG) 2015 Digital Cities Survey. The annual survey recognizes cities using technology to improve services and boost efficiencies. Philadelphia was recognized by CDC judges for its efforts in building a citizen-centric website, a successful open data and analytics program, and a…

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Dive Deeper Into the City’s Budget

This past March, the City of Philadelphia released its Open Budget tool, a top-down visualization of Mayor Nutter’s budget proposal to City Council. The data release was unprecedented in Philadelphia; the tool allowed users to drill-down through the proposed budget by funding source, department, and expense-type. The data was also available in a downloadable open…

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Academy Recap: The Jeffersonian Dinner

The third cohort of the Academy for Municipal Innovation kicked off in October 2015. This is a blog series written by participants about their experiences in the program. Today’s author is Ellen Hwang, Program Manager for Innovation Management in the Office of Innovation and Technology.  As I sat in my first class in the Academy for Municipal Innovation…

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Who Said Government Couldn’t Do Consulting?

This is a guest post from Eliza Pollack, Program Manager for Innovation Management in the City of Philadelphia’s Office of Innovation and Technology. When I got a phone call from the University of Pennsylvania’s Office of Alumni Relations last March asking if they could host their annual staff retreat in the City’s Innovation Lab, I…