Engage: How Tech Entrepreneurs and City Leaders Are Collaborating to Build “America’s Next Great City”

  • Date: April 24, 2013
  • Time: 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
  • Category: Webinar


A city’s tech entrepreneurs are sources of new ideas, technology, companies, and jobs. In many cities, they help blaze the path toward new knowledge-based industries.  Their success (or failure) is an important bellwether for city leaders working to create the conditions for a vibrant local economy.
Yet while many tech entrepreneurs are passionate advocates for their communities, most are ambivalent about city hall: neither expecting nor offering assistance and, by habit, working around rather than with local elected leaders.
In Philadelphia, this is beginning to change.  By developing a dynamic partnership among city government, civic leaders and entrepreneurs from the technology community, the city has launched one of the country's leading open data portals, attracted millions of dollars in broadband stimulus, expanded the city's reputation as a foundry for business startups and begun to think differently about the way local government delivers services. This "civic fusion" is the result of a new kind of engagement between city leaders and some of its most active, entrepreneurial residents, and a new philosophy about the role of each in supporting strong local economies.
Join NLC for this discussion on the "New Civic Engagement," highlighting some of the most innovative examples from a new report made possible with support from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation: "Bright Spots in Community Engagement: Case Studies of U.S. Communities Creating Greater Civic Participation from the Bottom Up."  
Speakers will include:
  • Chris Kingsley, Senior Associate for Data Initiatives, National League of Cities
  • Mark Headd, Chief Data Officer, City of Philadelphia
  • Jeff Friedman, Co-Director, Philadelphia Office of New Urban Mechanics

Panelists will include:

  • Paul E. Wright, Director, Local Media Development, Comcast
  • Alex Hillman, Co-Founder, Indy Hall
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