Upcoming Event: How Do You Create an Innovation Culture in Cities?

| Lourdes German

How a community goes about building an innovative culture is unique. It often starts at the top, with leaders charged with governing who set the beliefs, expectations, a sense of purpose that underscores the importance of cultivating a culture of innovation and change, and who foster innovation by listening and supporting it in other community leaders and citizens. Join us for this upcoming event to hear from leaders and experts who are on the forefront of innovation in governance and technology:

Creating an Innovation Culture for the 21st Century City
Event Date: July 29, 2015, 5:00 pm – 8:00 p.m.
Location: Microsoft New England Research & Development Center, 1 Memorial Drive, Cambridge, MA

Speakers Include:



Program Agenda 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Welcome Remarks

Keynote Address, National League of Cities

Mayor’s Roundtable Led by The Director of the Working Cities Challenge, Boston Federal Reserve Bank

Technology for Communities: Microsoft Segment

Reception & Networking


This event is a joint effort by The Civic Innovation Project and The Microsoft Innovation and Policy Center, New England


The Microsoft Innovation and Policy Center aims for Microsoft to be “of” the community, not just exist within it. Through the Innovation and Policy Center we are extending beyond the tech community to: Connect stakeholders from tech to the broader business, academic and government communities; Catalyze important technology and public policy discussions, and; Contribute more directly with the health and vitality of greater New England.

The Civic Innovation Project is a national innovation and research platform focused on catalyzing government innovation. By expanding awareness and access to data and technology resources, our goal is to transform how leaders innovate in furtherance of government transparency and empower them with tools that have the potential to foster the creation of engaged and informed communities of citizens. Learn more about The Civic Innovation Project at www.civicinnovationproject.com and on Twitter @civinnovation.

LourdesLourdes German is the founder and director of the Civic Innovation Project, a national innovation and research platform intended to catalyze innovation among state and local government leaders and their citizens. Lourdes also serves as a fellow of the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, where she is helping the institute launch an intellectual enterprise that will elevate the importance of municipal fiscal health as a national strategic priority, and is the author of the manuscript for the upcoming book, How Communities Finance America: A Guide to Government Public Finance. Prior to that, Lourdes spent the past decade working in the state and local government sector in various roles, including at Fidelity Investments where she helped create a new national business division focused on government public finance as a Vice President, at Breckinridge Capital Advisors where she served as General Counsel and Vice President of Research with respect to municipal government securities, and at Northeastern where she served as a Visiting Lecturer of Government Public Finance.

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