Wednesday, January 03, 2018 10:08 AM

CHATTANOOGA AIMS FOR LEAN GOVERNMENT WITH 'PEAK ACADEMY' - NEXT CITY

It was November of 2016 when Tim Moreland traveled to Denver for a week-long training in the citys Peak Academy, a program thats meant to empower city employees to create and implement their own improvements to the way their government works. Moreland, the director of performance management and open data for the city of Chattanooga, Tennessee, was there as both a participant and observer. The experience convinced him that the program could work in Chattanooga, too. So three months later, with no budget and no staff, Moreland helped Chattanooga launch a Peak Academy of its own.

In the ten months since then, more than 100 city employees have gone through the training program[1]. Theyve come up with dozens of micro-innovations to make government work more efficiently, from cutting down on the use of paper and ink to experimenting with new recruiting practices to help diversify the citys police force. Because its run by volunteers who work on the program in addition to their regular jobs, Peak Academy doesnt cost the city anything. In fact, its actually begun to generate a small amount of revenue, as outside organizations, including the United Way ...

News source: GOOGLE NEWS Chattanooga

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