Manteca, CA

United States


Ben Cantu


85,000 (2019)

Innovation Website
Lead Innovation Officer

Randy Saffold

Innovation is helping to:
  • Improve service delivery

  • Generate new sources of revenue

  • Simplify administrative procedures for firms and residents

Critical success factors:
  • Dedicated funding

  • Focus on measurement

  • Dedicated innovation team

  • Leadership from Mayor

Spotlight on innovation in Manteca, CA

Since the start of Mayor Benjamin Cantu’s first term in 2019, Manteca’s administration has focused on breaking down departmental silos, increasing efficiency, and sharpening civic engagement. The city’s priorities for innovation include increasing its data analytics capacity and creating a fiber optic ring around the city that will serve as the foundation for smart city planning.

Vision and approach to innovation capacity

Along with 50% of cities surveyed, Manteca, CA does not have an explicit innovation strategy.

Innovation work is new to Manteca and has become a priority/vision of the new City Council. The city is starting its innovation journey, which focuses on building capacity, upgrading infrastructure, and gathering data on performance to help inform policy decisions.

Policy areas that Manteca, CA is focused on

Manteca, CA does not prioritise policy sectors for its innovation work.

Policy areas by number of cities

Manteca, CA utilizes 1 innovation skill or role

Community engagement staff
Innovation roles by number of cities

Situated in the City Manager’s office, Manteca’s innovation work is led by one dedicated innovation staff member who also works with the Information Technology Manager on city-wide initiatives such as fiber and broadband communication, performance and data analytics, and technical capacity building for small business.

Terms Manteca, CA most associates with innovation

Data analytics
Technological innovation
Small business capacity building
Better city-wide broadband infrastructure

Manteca, CA's most common innovation activities

Engaging residents in new ways
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

How is innovation funded here?

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

Top sources of funding

Manteca, CA has no reported sources of funding.

Activities being funded

Manteca, CA 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

*"Training staff and building capacity" is not an option in the 2018 survey, while "Launching or sustaining a project" is not an option in the 2020 survey.

How is innovation measured?

Manteca has developed partnerships to promote innovation capacity with other public agencies as well as private firms and industry. The City has partnered with the San Joaquin County Innovation Hub (iHub) and the County’s Regional Innovation for Sustained Excellence (RISE) Task Force.

The city is in the process of developing evaluation methods and specific outcomes to determine the effectiveness of its nascent innovation efforts.

Data availability by policy area