Peoria

United States

Mayor

Jim Ardis

Population

112,883 (2017)

Lead Innovation Officer

Anthony Corso

Innovation is helping to:
  • Engage residents and other stakeholders

  • Generate new sources of revenue

  • Improve internal government operations

Critical success factors:
  • Dedicated innovation team

  • Focus on measurement

  • Dedicated funding

  • Human resource support

  • Leadership from Mayor

  • Engagement with partners

  • Support from outside city administration

Spotlight on innovation in Peoria

Peoria has developed a community engagement effort focused on building the innovation capacity of residents and other community stakeholders towards fostering the economic vitality of a neighbourhood corridor. The effort, known as Help Shape West Main, began in the fall of 2017 and was based on the premise that the City did not always have the resources or purview to tackle community challenges alone, but did have the power to convene residents and stakeholders. The effort focused on "convening around doing" through the facilitation of new partnerships and testing of new, incremental ideas through those partnerships.

Vision and approach to innovation capacity

Along with 44% of cities surveyed, Peoria has an explicit innovation strategy. Similar to 40% of cities surveyed, Peoria approaches innovation capacity both from a holistic/macro level, as well as in specific policy areas.

Policy areas that Peoria is focused on

Built environment
Economic Development
Policy areas by number of cities

Peoria utilizes 3 different innovation skills or roles

Project manager
Designer
Community engagement staff
Innovation roles by number of cities

Situated in the City Manager’s office, Peoria’s dedicated team for innovation is led by the Chief Innovation Officer (i-team Director) and consists of 3 staff members and 2 part-time interns.

Terms Peoria most associates with innovation

Big picture re-thinking
Experimentation

Peoria's most common innovation activities

Taking risks and testing new ideas
e.g. prototyping new programs or models to address a persistent city challenge
Engaging residents in new ways
  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; human-centred design; and rethinking the city’s approach to financing and partnerships.

How is innovation funded here?

Like 77% of cities surveyed, Peoria has dedicated funding to support innovation capacity.

Top sources of funding

Municipal budget
Municipal budget
This could include, for instance, City Council approved funds; operating budget; a special funding process (bond, Mayoral special initiative funding, etc.); and participatory budgeting / citizen-selected budgeting.
External funding
External funding
This could include private, philanthropic/non-profit and/or academic/think tank resources.

Activities being funded

Launching or sustaining a project
Idea generation & brainstorming
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

Peoria also invests in digital systems.

How is innovation measured?

Peoria 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.

Data availability by policy area

7
7
1

Sufficient data

Transport/Mobility

Economic Development

Housing and built environment

Policing and law enforcement

Health

Waste and sewage

Digital governance

Insufficient data

Water

Labour market and skills

Environment and climate change

Education

Culture

Social inclusion and equity

Tourism

No Response

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