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Posted on: April 28, 2022

City of Pueblo Selected to Join International City Innovation Training Program Cohort

PUEBLO – The City of Pueblo has been selected as one of 13 international cities participating in the Bloomberg Center for Public Innovation at Johns Hopkins University’s 2022 Innovation Training program, which will provide consulting, training and networking to address a key issue facing its residents.

The training, delivered in partnership with the Centre for Public Impact, is entering its fourth year of programming and has helped bring to life solutions like an on-demand bus system in Sioux Falls, South Dakota and a Renter’s Bill of Rights in Albany, NY.

“This is a unique opportunity for the City of Pueblo to be selected to participate in the 2022 Innovation Training program with Bloomberg Center for Public Innovation at Johns Hopkins University,” said Mayor of Pueblo Nick Gradisar. “This type of partnership has not been offered to us before and I’m excited to see our core team participate in this training which is facilitated by experts from around the world.”

The no-cost, year-long program will aid a team of innovation of the City of Pueblo staff members at work in addressing a mayor-approved priority through:

  • Innovation Curriculum Instruction: The city will enroll in a state-of-the-art innovation curriculum that teaches the public innovation approach through case studies, lectures, and hands-on experience and sharing.
  • Dedicated Design Coaching: A core team of up to 12 city employees will work with a coach to apply the innovation approach to their chosen problem.
  • Relationship Building: City staff will connect with a deep network of support made up of cities with successful innovation programs across the globe.

“From combating COVID-19 to increasing affordable housing, we know that innovation methods make an enormous difference in the ability of mayors, city leaders, and their staff to better serve residents,” said Amanda Dalfos, Executive Director of the Bloomberg Center for Public Innovation at Johns Hopkins University.

“We are so excited to launch this next round of Innovation Training in key, diverse cities and at a time when there’s a clear opportunity to develop and share solutions to help others across the globe.”

The City of Pueblo was asked to identify members of leadership to participate with wide-ranging experience to form a core team to help apply methods learned to a new problem or department. This core team includes Chief of Staff Laura Solano who serves as the innovation lead, City Clerk Marisa Stoller who serves as the project manager, Assistant Director of Human Resources Bella Trujillo who serves as the learning lead and Grant Writer and Resource Development Administrator Luann Martinez who serves as the equity/community engagement lead.

As part of the Innovation Training, the City of Pueblo will incorporate new leaders from across divisions in addressing a current resident challenge with the goal of bringing cutting-edge innovation and proven design techniques into city government. Other members of the core team include Director of Human Resources Marisa Pacheco, Chief of Police Chris Noeller, Deputy Chief of Police James Martin, Chief of Fire Barb Huber, Deputy Chief of Fire Chris Harner, Municipal Judge Carla Sikes and Director of Public Affairs Haley Sue Robinson.

The thirteen cities that will receive comprehensive support from the Bloomberg Center for Public Innovation in partnership with the Centre for Public Impact are:

  • Birmingham, Alabama
  • Bloomington, Indiana
  • Calgary, Canada
  • Charleston, South Carolina
  • Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Dublin, Ireland
  • Fortaleza, Brazil
  • Kalamazoo, Michigan
  • Limerick, Ireland
  • Maceió, Brazil
  • Orlando, Florida
  • Pueblo, Colorado
  • Warsaw, Poland

Chief of Staff Laura Solano shared why the innovation training is beneficial for Pueblo.

“The training over the next year provides resources for our core team to work together in different ways than in our day-to-day job duties as we serve the residents of Pueblo,” said Solano. “As we emerge from this pandemic, this training allows us to focus on work that will create lasting impact for our community.”

About the Bloomberg Center for Public Innovation at Johns Hopkins University
The Bloomberg Center for Public Innovation at Johns Hopkins University works to advance public sector innovation across the globe by marrying cutting-edge practice with world-class research to transform the culture of government, deliver exceptional results for residents, and inspire trust in public service. Established in 2021 with a $43 million contribution from Bloomberg Philanthropies, the Center serves as the permanent home for several flagship programs, including Innovation Teams and Cities of Service, in addition to creating new programming. The Center is a source for state-of-the-art resources, coaching, and research that helps city leaders, and their staff meet the growing needs of residents and improve the culture of government through innovation. Learn more at publicinnvation.jhu.edu and by following at @PublicInno on
LinkedInTwitter, and Facebook.

About the Centre for Public Innovation
The Centre for Public Impact is a not-for-profit founded by Boston Consulting Group. Believing that governments can and want to do better for people, we work side-by-side with governments – and all those who help them – to reimagine government, and turn ideas into action, to bring about better outcomes for everyone. We champion the citizens, public servants and other changemakers who are leading this charge so we can shape the future of government together.

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