United States


Richard C. Irvin


201,110 (2016)

Lead Innovation Officer

Adrienne Holloway

Innovation is helping to:
  • Improve internal government operations

  • Anticipate and manage future challenges

  • Simplify administrative procedures for firms and residents

Critical success factors:
  • Dedicated funding

  • Dedicated innovation team

  • Leadership from Mayor

  • Engagement with partners

  • Support from outside city administration

Spotlight on innovation in Aurora

Aurora focuses on data identification and process review to understand where barriers exist, from a technology perspective. Aurora also engages in activities that will assist in achieving buy-in from stakeholders in data sharing and leveraging.

Note: The City Innovation Snapshot (PDF version) was produced in 2019 and some aggregate findings have been updated with the latest survey results below.

Vision and approach to innovation capacity

Along with 50% of cities surveyed, Aurora does not have an explicit innovation strategy. Similar to more than half of cities surveyed, Aurora approaches innovation capacity both from a holistic/macro level, as well as in specific policy areas.

Policy areas that Aurora is focused on

Economic Development
Policy areas by number of cities

Aurora utilizes 3 different innovation skills or roles

Project manager
Community engagement staff
Sociologist / Political Scientist
Innovation roles by number of cities

As an independent department, Aurora’s dedicated team for innovation consists of 2 staff. The team is expected to have 1 additional staff person in 2019.

Terms Aurora most associates with innovation

Human-centered design
Resident engagement

Aurora's most common innovation activities

Rethinking approaches to financing and partnerships
e.g. new public-private-partnerships; collaboration with neighboring jurisdictions
  1. 1

    Taking risks or testing new ideas

  2. 2

    Data-driven analytics/public data management

  3. 3

    Engaging residents in new ways

  4. 4

    Developing new solutions based on digital technologies

  5. 5

    Organizational change within the municipality

  6. 6

    Human-centered design

  7. 7

    Rethinking your city’s approach to financing partnerships

Its innovation activities also often include taking risks and testing new ideas.

How is innovation funded here?

Like 19% of cities surveyed, Aurora does not have dedicated funding to support innovation capacity.

Top sources of funding

Aurora’s Innovation and Core Services Department receives an annual budget allocation to support staffing and operational expenses. There is not a budget line item to support innovation projects.

Activities being funded

Aurora does not fund any specific activities.

47 cities
Launching or sustaining a project
79 cities
Idea generation & brainstorming
51 cities
Investing in digital systems
36 cities
Investing in physical infrastructure
30 cities
Paying for services

How is innovation measured?

Aurora has developed partnerships to promote its innovation capacity with other public agencies, private firms, not-for-profit organizations, and city residents/resident associations.

Data availability by policy area


Sufficient data

Housing and built environment

Policing and law enforcement


Waste and sewage

Insufficient data


Economic Development

Labour market and skills

Environment and climate change




Digital governance

No Response


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