Manolo Jiménez Salinas


709,671 (2010)

Lead Innovation Officers

Javier Cesar Cardenas, Ariel Dominguez

Innovation is helping to:
  • Improve internal government operations

  • Save costs and improve efficiency within the public sector

  • Simplify administrative procedures for firms and residents

Critical success factors:
  • Focus on measurement

  • Dedicated innovation team

  • Human resource support

  • Leadership from Mayor

  • Culture of innovation in city

  • Engagement with partners

  • Support from outside city administration

Spotlight on innovation in Saltillo

Saltillo recently has been implementing new ways to reach out to the population including social media. Through social media efforts, the municipality is able to identify the timely needs of citizens more feasibly. The identified demands from citizens are shared across the municipality and with the Mayor to solve any problematic issues.

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

Policy areas that Saltillo is focused on

Economic Development
Policy areas by number of cities

Saltillo utilizes 3 different innovation skills or roles

Project manager
Communication officer
Innovation roles by number of cities

Saltillo’s innovation work is sprinkled throughout the municipality and mainly led by the Chief Innovation Officer and 4 staff members. There is also another relevant team called IMPLAN dedicated to the planning of the city.

Terms Saltillo most associates with innovation

Human-centered design
Big picture re-thinking

Saltillo's most common innovation activities

Promoting data-driven analytics / public data management
e.g. data storage/analytics; open data; big data
Facilitating organizational change within the municipality
e.g. silo-busting; new internal performance management; staff training and capacity building on innovation tools or techniques; reforms to contracting or procurement
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 activities also include developing new solutions based on digital technologies; and promoting human-centered design.

How is innovation funded here?

Like 81% of cities surveyed, Saltillo has dedicated funding to support innovation capacity.

Top sources of funding

Higher levels of government
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.

Activities being funded

Launching or sustaining a project
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

Saltillo also invests in digital systems and physical infrastructure as well as paying for services to a third party.

How is innovation measured?

Saltillo 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


Sufficient data

Economic Development

Housing and built environment


Waste and sewage


Social inclusion and equity


Insufficient data


Policing and law enforcement

Environment and climate change


No Response


Labour market and skills

Public works

Digital governance