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Using Innovation to Address Inequality in Nashville

The City of Nashville, a finalist in the inaugural round of the City Accelerator, is focused on innovations to help alleviate poverty.

This summary is a part of Nashville’s application to the City Accelerator, through which cities would advance urban innovations that will have a significant impact in the lives of their residents, especially low-income residents. Watch the city’s pitch video, read the summary, and rate their submission on its potential to: impact low-income people; expand innovation by the city; and, scale to other cities.


What is Nashville proposing?

The City of Nashville is committed to addressing issues of poverty and inequality. Nashville strives to deepen its capacity to innovate across city government and through community partnerships. Nashville believes  a culture of innovation would help support a strategic, collective response to poverty and achieve better results for low-income constituents. 

How will it accomplish this?

As a member of the first cohort in the City Accelerator, Nashville would:  

  • partner with the Nashville Entrepreneur Center to form mission-driven teams that would develop and implement solutions to “vexing issues;”
  • strengthen the Metro Data Professionals Network, which helps city staff integrate data and analyses into their everyday work; and
  • implement an initiative to improve existing programs, establish new models, strengthen partnerships, share data and support cross-departmental innovation.


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