United States


Andre Sayegh


147,000 (2016)

Lead Innovation Officer

Kathleen Long

Innovation is helping to:
  • Generate new sources of revenue

  • Improve service delivery

  • Simplify administrative procedures for firms and residents

Critical success factors:
  • Dedicated innovation team

  • Focus on measurement

  • Leadership from Mayor

  • Support from outside city administration

Spotlight on innovation in Paterson

Paterson’s administration just kicked off on the first of July. The new administration is planning to launch innovative initiatives including additional GIS mapping investments that will better inform the public as well as serve some of the municipal goals.

In addition, as being part of the Bloomberg Harvard City Leadership Initiative, the city will receive assistance in creating a "data and evidence" based culture in the city government as well as being provided with trainings on human-centered design and innovation prototyping.

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, Paterson does not have an explicit innovation strategy. Similar to 24% of cities surveyed, Paterson approaches innovation capacity in specific policy areas/domains.

Policy areas that Paterson is focused on

Economic Development
Policing and law enforcement
Policy areas by number of cities

Innovation skills or roles

Paterson does not have a dedicated team for innovation. The city aims to create at least one position by the end of 2020. In the meantime, department heads are accountable to promoting innovation projects.

Innovation roles by number of cities

Terms Paterson most associates with innovation

Data analytics
Big picture re-thinking

Paterson'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 activity sometimes include promoting data-driven analytics.

How is innovation funded here?

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

Top sources of funding

Paterson has no reported sources of funding.

Activities being funded

Paterson 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?

Paterson 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


No Response


Economic Development

Housing and built environment

Policing and law enforcement



Waste and sewage

Labour market and skills

Environment and climate change



Social inclusion and equity

Public works


Digital governance