Executive Director of the Innovation Team, City of Mobile
Jeff Carter, Executive Director of the City of Mobile’s Innovation Team (i-team), is a lifelong resident of Mobile and proud alumni of The University of South Alabama. Carter has uniquely focused his career on data-driven policies and procedures that successfully increased efficiency, flexibility and financial stability in his professional and volunteer organizations. Prior to joining the i-team, Carter served as Deputy Director for Mobile County Emergency Medical Services (EMS), where he implemented data-driven and systematic technical solutions that improved access to emergency services countywide. Additionally, Carter served on the board of The Grounds, the greater Gulf State Fair, through the five-year renewal and re-branding, and he is a founding member and serves on the board of Fuse Project, a nonprofit dedicated to provide the spark for innovation, funding and implementation of projects benefiting children along Alabama’s Gulf Coast.
As the Executive Director of the i-team with the City of Mobile, Carter uses data to help think of old problems in new ways. Through the use of cutting-edge techniques -- like the use of Instagram and the ArcGIS’ Collector app to construct a comprehensive blight inventory which helps prioritize interventions -- Mobile will restore more than $15 million in equity to homeowners by 2017. By employing low to no-cost solutions and predictive tools, Carter has also helped lead the way for Mobile to become the first U.S. city to create a blight-specific survey capturing 100 percent of housing structures. Through the commitment to using data and evidence, Carter and the Mobile i-team are creating a new model for how cash-strapped cities across the country address blight in their communities.
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