Regional Strategy & Innovation Network

Designing Our Regional Innovation Academy

Planning is underway to launch a Regional Innovation Academy for TJCOG communities, a collective education and training program that enables staff to learn collectively and share expertise across communities. At a time when travel may be restricted and professional development opportunities limited due to COVID-19, our region can fill these gaps together. Input gathering is a critical step in this process to match curriculum with local needs. 

The Regional Innovation Academy Task Force
Amanda Grogan & Jessica Hoffman, Apex; Thomas Roy, Clayton; Ryan O'Dell, Cary; Jen Della Valle, Hillsborough; Matt McKirahan, Raleigh; Jenny Halsey, TJCOG; Julie White & Kenisha Hinton, Wake County


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

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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

Details coming soon. 

May - Small Communities, Big Ideas

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

Details coming soon. 


Jenny Halsey

Local Government Consultant & Human Resources Officer