Regional Strategy & Innovation Network

The Strategy and Innovation Regional Network bring together staff from across local governments in the region who are working on strategic initiatives or planning and innovation within their organization. These individuals are often tasked with leading change, encouraging new ideas, measuring success, and implementing new solutions. Through the Regional Network, TJCOG brings them together once a quarter to learn from one another, leverage each other's strengths, and take on joint or regional innovation efforts. 

FY20-21 Network Meetings

August - Strategy Planning Implementation

August 13, 2020 / 2:00-4:00

The development of a strategic plan is only the first step in an organization’s strategy planning journey. How does an organization build and maintain momentum when implementing their first strategic plan? What pitfalls should you avoid when going through a strategic planning rewrite process? How may COVID-19 impact your strategy planning implementation process? Join us as our speakers share their insights into building and maintaining a strong implementation strategy for your first, or next, strategic plan.

November - Performance Evaluation

November 12, 2020 / 2:00-4:00

Meeting recording 

As a local government, you are tasked with ensuring new and existing services meet their intended outcomes. But how do you evaluate success and ensure your finite resources are allocated appropriately? Evaluating the performance of a program or service can be tricky, but it's vital to making better informed decisions. You may ask:

  • How can a performance evaluation strategy help you and your organization make better informed decisions around the services you provide?
  • What does a performance evaluation strategy look like that's tied to the budgetary process?
  • How have other local governments started on this journey?

We are excited to host speakers from Wendell, NC and Fort Collins, CO to share their knowledge of performance evaluation in local government, including lessons learned and strategies for avoiding potential pitfalls. We hope to see you there!


Marc Collins, Town Manager, Town of Wendell

Lawrence Pollack, Budget Director, City of Fort Collins

February - Predictive Analytics

February 11, 2021 / 2:00-4:00

The role of predictive analytics continues to evolve in local governments as jurisdictions explore new decision-making tools. Our speakers will highlight how predictive analytics is leveraged within their respective organizations and will provide key takeaways for local governments wishing to bolster their decision making through similar techniques.


Lt. Alan Balog, Burlington Police Department

Christian Doolin, Director of Strategic Innovation, Tallahassee, FL

May - Small Communities, Big Ideas

May 13, 2021 / 2:00-4:00

For our final meeting of FY21, we are shifting the conversation from strategy to innovation. Over the past year, we have seen North Carolina communities of all shapes and sizes work across jurisdictional and organizational boundaries to meet the needs of their communities.  We will explore tools, techniques, and lessons learned for tackling cross-jurisdictional needs in innovative ways through the lens of broadband access and literacy, with a special focus on rural or underserved communities.

Roundtable Special Guests:

- Anita Brown-Graham, Director of the UNC School of Government ncIMPACT Initiative

- Bruce Clark, Executive Director of Digital Charlotte, Urban Digital Divide Initiative

- Samantha Graham, Innovative Engagement Program Manager with the NC State Office of Outreach and Engagement


Jenny Halsey

Strategy & Operations Manager