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It’s Not Too Late to Sign Up for a Free Alliance for Innovation Membership!

October 5, 2015 by Byron Katsuyama
Category: Performance Management-Measurement

It’s Not Too Late to Sign Up for a Free Alliance for Innovation Membership!

As we announced earlier this year, MRSC has partnered with the State Auditor’s Office’s Local Government Performance Center, to secure free memberships to the Alliance for Innovation for all Washington local governments. We are happy to report that over 60 Washington local governments, including over 900 individual local government officials and staff, have signed up to take advantage of this great resource. All of these officials and staff members are now able to make full use of the many great research tools, training, and information resources that are available through the Alliance for Innovation. Individual Alliance memberships usually cost anywhere from $1,000 to over $9,000 depending on the size of your jurisdiction, so this is a great value!

A National Version of MRSC

The Alliance for Innovation is a national network of cities and counties dedicated to developing and sharing innovative solutions to local government problems. In many ways they are like a national version of MRSC. They have many of the same types of resources on their website, except they are drawn from a national membership base, so you will be able to gain access to an even larger pool of resources. Unlike MRSC though, most of the resources on the Alliance site are only available to their members, so you can’t find these resources through a Google search.

The Next Big Things Report

For example, the Alliance for Innovation recently released a new report called “The Next Big Things: The Next 20 Years in Local Government” that identifies 44 trends within four key driving forces —Resources, Technology, Demographics and Governance —that are expected to drive and influence how local governments will operate over the next generation. The report, which is the result of an intensive year-long process led by Rebecca Ryan, the Alliance’s resident futurist (and keynote speaker at our upcoming Future of Government forum), contains detailed information about the 44 trends and driving forces along with some tools that will guide your community through a process to become more “future ready.” This is just one example of the kind of valuable information and resources you will find on the Alliance site. By the way, the premium version of the report costs $149 for nonmembers, but it’s free to Alliance members.

It’s Not Too Late to Sign Up

It’s easy to sign your jurisdiction up for a free Alliance for Innovation membership. Just send your organization's primary contact information (First Name, Last Name, Title, Organization, Address, City, State Zip, Tel, Email Address) to me, Byron Katsuyama, Public Policy and Management Consultant at MRSC. Once your primary organization contact has been registered, then all of your organization's elected officials and staff with the same email extension will be able to visit the Alliance site and create their own individual membership accounts, all at no cost.

With the combined resources of MRSC and the Alliance for Innovation, you will have access to a unique and wide ranging set of local government research, information and training resources.

MRSC is a private nonprofit organization serving local governments in Washington State. Eligible government agencies in Washington State may use our free, one-on-one Ask MRSC service to get answers to legal, policy, or financial questions.

About Byron Katsuyama

Byron began work at the Center as a Research Assistant in July 1978. He holds a B.A. degree in Political Science from the University of Washington and an M.P.A. from the University of Washington's Evan’s School of Public Policy and Governance. After completing his M.P.A., Byron joined MRSC's consulting staff as a Public Policy and Management Consultant concentrating on municipal administration and policy analysis. Byron is responsible for research in such areas as emerging local government issues, best practices, strategic planning, performance measurement, and local government management. In addition to his consulting duties, Byron also maintains the "Focus" section of MRSC's website and is editor of our "In Focus" and "Ask MRSC" e-newsletters. He also coordinates our HR, Planning, Finance, Government Performance, and Council/Commission Advisors. In his own community of Kirkland, Byron also served for eight years as a member of the city's planning commission. Byron is a member of the Washington City/County Management Association (WCMA) and the International City/County Management Association (ICMA).

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