United States


Stephen T. Williams


47,079 (2017)

Lead Innovation Officer

Sharon Pell

Innovation is helping to:
  • Save costs and improve efficiency within the public sector

  • Anticipate and manage future challenges

  • Engage residents and other stakeholders

Critical success factors:
  • Dedicated innovation team

  • Focus on measurement

  • Dedicated funding

  • Leadership from Mayor

  • Culture of innovation in city

  • Support from outside city administration

Spotlight on innovation in Huntington

Huntington has been partnering with a local university on several projects to:

  • Design patrol areas for our police department based upon hard crime data to allocate our limited personnel resources more efficiently to provide better response rates and reduce crime.
  • Evaluate the garbage routes based upon time and tonnage collected to make the routes more equal. This resulted in a more efficient route and less injuries due to the tonnage collected more equally distributed.

Vision and approach to innovation capacity

Along with 56% of cities surveyed, Huntington does not have an explicit innovation strategy. Similar to 40% of cities surveyed, Huntington approaches innovation capacity both from a holistic/macro level, as well as in specific policy areas.

Policy areas that Huntington is focused on

Policing and law enforcement
Policy areas by number of cities

Huntington utilizes 2 different innovation skills or roles

Communication officer
Community engagement staff
Innovation roles by number of cities

Huntington has an Innovation-related task group with delegates from different departments.

Terms Huntington most associates with innovation

Data analytics
Human-centered design

Huntington's most common innovation activities

Promoting data-driven analytics / public data management
e.g. data storage/analytics; open data; big data
Engaging residents in new ways
Human-centered design
e.g. prioritizing the end-user at each stage of the design process
  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 include facilitating organisational change within the municipal administration; and rethinking the city’s approach to financing and partnerships.

How is innovation funded here?

Like 23% of cities surveyed, Huntington does not have dedicated funding to support innovation capacity.

Top sources of funding

Huntington has no reported sources of funding.

Activities being funded

Huntington does not fund any specific activities.

55 cities
Launching or sustaining a project
53 cities
Idea generation & brainstorming
3 cities
Investing in digital systems
2 cities
Investing in physical infrastructure
2 cities
Paying for services

How is innovation measured?

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

To improve data use, the city has also developed data partnerships with the private sector, academia, and think tanks to collect and analyse data, as well as with other cities.

Data availability by policy area


Sufficient data


Housing and built environment

Policing and law enforcement


Waste and sewage

Labour market and skills


Social inclusion and equity


Insufficient data

Economic Development


Environment and climate change


Digital governance

No Response

Public works