Nashville broadened, deepened, and embedded its capacity to innovate across city government departments through empowered local government employees and partnerships. Through the City Accelerator Nashville has:

Strengthened innovation capacity – Metro Government’s innovation program designed to engage government partners working on key challenges facing the Nashville community.  Partnerships included Nashville’s Entrepreneurship Center to expose city employees to new skills and tools. Encouraged 34 Metro departments to submit ideas for solutions to a common problem to city leaders through the Public Investment Plan (PIP) program. Seventeen plans were chosen for full or partial funding totaling $3.5 million.  Created the Office of Economic Opportunity and Empowerment. With a staff of five and a specific focus on social and economic equity, the office leverages resources and facilitates long-term planning and coordination to reduce poverty in Nashville.   Piloted a transportation program that sheltered 175 homeless residents with access to public transportation during extreme winter weather. Launched a participatory budgeting app, whereby more than 2,000 citizens shared their ideas for the City’s $2 Billion FY17 budget. 

Ideas to Accelerate

The process

The City of Nashville focused its innovative capacity on a strategic, collective response to poverty and better results for low-income constituents through the City Accelerator.  Much of Nashville’s work focused on the role city staff can play in innovation. 

Watch Nashville’s original pitch video here. 

Revised February 23, 2017: This article originally appeared under the headline, "Accelerate This: Coming in From The Cold "