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November 03, 2021 | Tom Ballard

City of Raleigh uses innovation summit to gain input on plans for its new Office of Strategy and Innovation

As the City of Raleigh, NC prepares to launch its new Office of Strategy and Innovation, it wants to know if it’s doing enough to support innovation in the region. How is it going to gain insights?

The city used last week’s “Innovate Raleigh Summit” to secure input, hosting a roundtable discussion seeking answers to two questions: (1) what the community feels about past initiatives; and (2) what residents envision going forward.

“We want to take an intentional and inclusive approach,” Assistant City Manager Evan Raleigh told WRAL TechWire. “The roundtable will provide a collaborative space for participants to ideate and discuss their big ideas and visions for Raleigh’s future in this space.”

The City launched an online innovation survey in September – the same month it announced plans for its new Office of Strategy and Innovation that is expected to launch early next year. It’s currently hiring a leader for that office, one of two hires anticipated to occur during the fiscal year, according to the approved budget.

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