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. 

FY21-20 Network Meetings

August - Tranforming a Culture & Pandemic Reflection

August 12, 2021 / 2:00-4:00

Topic: Creating a Culture of Innovation & Pandemic Reflection Through the Lens of Strategy & Innovation

Speaker: Transforming a Culture from Corruption to Innovation: Rafael Baptista, Director of Strategy & Innovation, Buncombe County

The group will reflect on the last 18 to 20 months: What did we learn? Were we surprised by our organizational responses (why/why not)? Jump in the DeLorean and dial back to February 2020. What should/would your organization be doing differently, in preparation for what was on the horizon if you could see the future? Do we have 20/20 vision now, knowing what we know? How has this unique experience shaped our roles and thought processes for the future of our work in strategy and innovation?

December - Guest Speaker, Jamilah Stephens, Director of Budget & Performance for City of Atlanta

December 9, 2021 / 2:00-4:00 

Details forthcoming. 


February - TBD

February 10, 2022 / 2:00-4:00

Details forthcoming. 


May - TBD

May 12, 2021 / 2:00-4:00

Details Forthcoming. 



Jenny Halsey

Strategy & Operations Manager