What is an Innovation Team?
"Situated in City Hall, i-teams report to the mayor and work closely with colleagues in city government, offering them a different set of tools and techniques to innovate more effectively. In partnership with these colleagues, they seek to deeply understand the problems they are trying to solve by building empathy for the people impacted by them, and then work quickly and creatively to co-create and test solutions that deliver meaningful results for residents. Mayors and city leaders are consistently turning to these i-teams to solve their city’s most pressing problems, and they are making big changes that matter.
What makes i-teams so powerful? They give city governments the ability to solve problems in a new way. Cities need a new discipline and corresponding to generate transformative ideas that produce real impact. By establishing dedicated i-teams, city leaders can create the space for staff to step away from their daily work and to rethink issues, reimagine outcomes, and capitalize on bold new possibilities."
– Bloomberg Philanthropies
Mobile's opportunities are rooted in its challenges. The city has always had a firm industrial backbone and has been immensely successful in recruiting large manufacturing companies. However, in the past, cultivating small and mid-size employers has had less of an emphasis. Part of our role is to assist local leaders who are focused on developing small and mid-size businesses to create job opportunities that serve community needs.