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The City of Long Beach is a national leader in government innovation. The Innovation Team has delivered successful Economic Development and Public Safety Initiatives since 2015 that have tackled large local government challenges with innovative solutions.  To expand on the great work, the City launched the Office of Civic Innovation in the City Manager’s Office in October 2018. With funding from departments and foundations, the Office of Civic Innovation serves as in-house consultants to City departments and together co-create effective approaches that address the most pressing issues.  The Office comprised of a Director, Data Scientist, Designer, Project Managers and Graduate Interns deploy a six-pronged approach to problems.

 In 2019, the Office of Civic Innovation worked on several high priority projects for the City including:

In 2020, the Office of Civic Innovation will continue to tackle some of the City’s most challenging problems such as:

Office of Civic Innovation Mission

“Doing things differently.”


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Press Releases

On the evening of Tuesday, January 29, 2019, the City of Long Beach and Eighth District Councilmember Al Austin kicked off a City-wide effort to create an operating vision for an African American Cultural Center, to serve as a community hub for African American arts, culture, and history. 
The community is invited to the 2018 Equality Plaza Induction Ceremony on Thursday, May 17, 2018, at 11:00 am.
The City of Long Beach has received two grants from the Laura and John Arnold Foundation totaling up to $1 million to fund the Long Beach Justice Lab. 
The Long Beach Police Department in collaboration with the Long Beach Technology and Innovation Department has developed a new crime incident mapping application that will make up-to-date crime activity information, occurring within the City, readily available for residents.
This January, the City of Long Beach launched a first-of-its kind Justice Lab to provide new tools to first responders to divert residents in need out of the criminal justice system and toward much-needed resources like treatment and care.
The City of Long Beach’s Innovation Team (i-team) is hosting the Second Annual Civic Innovation Summit in celebration of Long Beach Innovation Month (InnovateLB).
Today, the Long Beach Innovation Team (i-team) reported to City Council regarding progress made on its Public Safety Priority. Guided by data analysis, the i-team has focused its research on High Frequency Offenders, individuals with eleven or more citations and bookings over a five-year period in the City of Long Beach.
The City of Long Beach online Business Portal, BizPort, has been recognized with a national Government Experience Award in the Government-to-Business category, by the Center for Digital Government.
The City of Long Beach Innovation Team (i-team), in collaboration with Work Evolution and Councilwoman Lena Gonzalez, will host a pop-up art event featuring visual art, performing art, and an Open...
On April 4, 2017, City Council approved the City’s Draft Blueprint for Economic Development that informs the City’s overall economic development work plan for the next ten years, by a unanimous vote.
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