We knew for a long time that Philadelphia is among the greatest homes for innovators in the country, but a little reminder couldn’t hurt along the way.
Just four months after the City of Brotherly Love won a Smart Cities Council Readiness Challenge Grant—a major grant that supports civic innovation, inclusion and investment efforts—another technology and innovation-focused accolade has been bestowed upon Philadelphia.
At the Summit on Government Performance & Innovation (an annual summit that brings together civic leaders) in Phoenix, AZ, held this past May, the results of the Equipt to Innovate survey—which examines U.S. cities based on key impact areas like being “dynamically planned,” “race informed,” and “smartly resourced”—found Philadelphia among the top 10 highest performing cities.
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Rankings were based on the survey’s 92 points and completed by representatives from 61 U.S. cities.
“It’s exciting to see how much the innovation space in government has grown over the past few years,” said Eliza Pollack, the City of Philadelphia’s Program Manager for Innovation Management and Summit representative, said.
“And we’re hitting a point where it’s very important that we’re sharing learnings and best practices, and building relationships with our counterparts around the country. Innovation can mean a lot of different things in different contexts, but we can have the greatest collective impact when we communicate with each other.”
“Since I became Mayor in January 2016, I’ve been consistently impressed by the great strides made by our Innovation team,” said Mayor Jim Kenney. “Their work fully enhances my Administration’s larger goals of an efficient and effective government. This honor given at the Summit on the Government Performance and Innovation is a testament to those efforts. But beyond the honor is the important truth that thousands of Philadelphia residents will ultimately benefit.”
This honor given at the Summit on the Government Performance and Innovation is a testament to [our Innovations team’s] efforts. —Mayor Jim Kenney
“Philadelphia is on the leading edge of innovation in local government,” said Stone. “They have been able to demonstrate year after year the benefits of breaking city employees out of their silos and freeing them to test new solutions to major challenges,” said Owen Stone, Senior Associate at Living Cities.
As Philadelphia dives headfirst into the future, we’re excited to discover just how much of an impact its citizens and leadership can make. You could say we’re now equipped to innovate.