Ron Littlefield, a former mayor of Chattanooga, Tenn., is a senior fellow with the Governing Institute and its lead analyst on the City Accelerator initiative.  A city planner by career, he also consults to government through Littlefield Associates.

Before being elected mayor, he served on the Chattanooga city council, including two terms as chairman. His entry into politics was in 1987, when he was elected commissioner of public works for Chattanooga. He also served as the city's director of economic development and with the Tennessee State Planning Commission.

Professionally credentialed as a member the American Institute of Certified Planners, he is a 1968 graduate of Auburn University with a degree of business.

March 23, 2015

How Minneapolis and Seattle Hope to Be Places of Opportunity for All

Watch and review both cities' plans to increase citizen involvement and decrease income inequality through the City Accelerator.
March 16, 2015

Civic Engagement Expected to Shine in Round 2 of City Accelerator

The initiative's leader shares his aspirations as the next round kicks off this week.
February 27, 2015

Innovation in 140 Characters or Less

The Governing Summit in Louisville, Ky., provided unique ways for participants to share ideas.
February 12, 2015

The Challenge of Making Sure Innovation 'Sticks'

The original champions of change might move on, but their ideas don't have to leave with them.
February 5, 2015

An Interactive Gathering for City Leaders

The convening focuses on solving urban problems through synergy and innovation.
January 29, 2015

What the VW Beetle Can Teach Us About Housing

Is it time to “think small” to be more innovative and sustainable in our urban developments?
January 22, 2015

Innovation Guide Promotes New Culture of Civic Exploration

The guide's action-oriented framework supports a spirit of adventure and change in urban communities.
January 15, 2015

Small City, Big Innovations, Huge Progress

The community in Fitchburg, Mass., came together to solve youth crime and budget challenges.
January 8, 2015

True Resilience Means Cities Must Plan for Poverty-Stricken Citizens

Weather-related events are often catastrophic for urban poor.
December 19, 2014

Low-Income Citizens Can Benefit When Cities and Private Sector Partner

"Bank On" programs and other innovative initiatives reduce the victimization of poor individuals.
December 11, 2014

Want to Innovate? Determine Your City's Greatest Need and Get to Work

Governments must ask themselves critical questions before change can happen.
December 4, 2014

Where's Your Pothole?

Additional innovation is needed for infrastructure issues that aggravate the public.
November 19, 2014

Changes to Obamacare Could Bring Opportunity for Innovation

Low-income individuals can benefit from incremental improvements to the health care law.
November 13, 2014

No Simple Solutions to Immigration Reform

This controversial issue shouldn't be about politics -- it's about people.
November 6, 2014

Nashville and Louisville Use Innovation and Imagination in City Infrastructure

The City Accelerator communities are creating an environment of ingenuity.
October 31, 2014

Innovation Goes Beyond Buzzwords

Trends in management and change might come and go, but innovation remains a common thread.
October 22, 2014

Why Steve Jobs Might Have Failed at Government Innovation

Failure followed by success can make a legend in business, but second chances are hard to come by in the public sector.
October 15, 2014

Children Shine Light on Complexity of Homelessness

It may be easy to blame individuals for their plight -- until children are involved.
September 30, 2014

Homeless Veterans' Sacrifices Merit Special Attention

Mental trauma and emotional wounds mean many vets end up in the streets. They deserve better.
September 17, 2014

How the Shrinking Ozone Hole Is Like the War on Poverty

When we face reality, we take the first step to fixing a problem.
September 4, 2014

Similarities among the City Accelerator's Top 3 Plans

Each cities' innovative plan to help low-income residents seems so different at first glance.
August 27, 2014

Minimum-Wage Maximizing City Challenges

Federal government inaction is thrusting a tough issue on local jurisdictions.
August 19, 2014

Poverty Is a Multi-Pronged Problem

Solutions to helping the poor aren't simple, but we must press on.
August 12, 2014

Don’t Leave Poor Populations out of Internet Initiatives

Technology has the power to unite but also the potential to divide.
August 5, 2014

When Innovation Isn't Glamorous

We need to make the case for the glitzless but still innovative initiatives.
July 29, 2014

5 Themes in City Poverty Plans

City Accelerator finalists have commonalities in the problems they face and their proposed solutions.
July 23, 2014

San Jose and Nashville Ask Citizens for Poverty Solutions

San Jose and Nashville are planning to tap the talents of citizens for innovative solutions to their problems with poverty.
July 15, 2014

A Tale of Denver and Philadelphia's Anti-Poverty Plans

Philadelphia and Denver are plotting different ways for their low-income residents to get out of poverty.
July 8, 2014

Innovation Profiles: Louisville and Albuquerque

Two former transportation hubs are bringing back economic vitality with a focus on their most vulnerable populations.
July 2, 2014

Innovation Needed to Finally Win War on Poverty

Fifty years after President Johnson declared war on poverty, we're facing the same battles.
June 23, 2014

Recreation as Innovation: San Antonio Rethinks a Public Good

Cities should strive to provide recreation for vulnerable populations.
June 13, 2014

The Art of Change

One way innovative cities helped curb homelessness? Parking meters.
June 10, 2014

Take the Shot, Get the Goal and Win the Game

Fear of failure can inhibit cities from innovating. It shouldn't.
June 3, 2014

Hard-Earned Lessons, Good Grounding for the City Accelerator

The former mayor of the “Most Transformed City” in America is going to help chronicle civic innovation through the City Accelerator.
June 3, 2014

When You're Out of Money, It's Time to Start Thinking

Innovative funding solutions can be born from bad times.
June 2, 2014

Chattanooga, Tenn., Is Proof Municipal Broadband Works

The FCC wants to prevent states from banning locally and publicly owned broadband. That plan is spot on -- and Chattanooga, Tenn., proves it.
May 30, 2014

VW, the UAW and the Re-Industrialization of America

The changing relationship between labor and business is important for communities hoping for a manufacturing comeback.