Vision and approach to innovation capacity
Along with 50% of cities surveyed, Curitiba has an explicit innovation strategy. Similar to more than half of cities surveyed, Curitiba approaches innovation capacity both from a holistic/macro level, as well as in specific policy areas.
Policy areas that Curitiba is focused on
Economic development: Curitiba created public co-working spaces for companies/entrepreneurs that did not have the necessary resources to develop their ideas and projects. These incubator spaces enable innovators to better focus on their creations, without worrying about paying for utilities and other basic expenses that could undermine their deliverables.
Government finance: In 2017, we were able to approve a financial recovery plan to reduce administrative costs, implement a new pension fund system, and pay overdue debts. This plan, which was adopted in different Brazilian cities after Curitiba's success, allowed the City Hall to maintain positive cash flow and resume stalled investments.
Policy areas by number of cities
Curitiba utilizes 5 different innovation skills or roles
Community engagement staff
Innovation roles by number of cities
Curitiba’s innovation work is sprinkled throughout the municipal administration.
Although Curitiba has an Agency for Development and Innovation, city staff working on innovation are not restricted to working in this department.