In the news: Academia and city team up through research collaborative

The city of Phoenix recently paid $14,000 to renew its membership in the Local Government Research Collaborative, which unites research, innovation and solutions to help solve local government problems.

The program formed in 2013 through a partnership between the Alliance for Innovation, the International City/County Management Association and the Center for Urban Innovation at Arizona State University to help bridge the gap between academic research and local governments.

“Practitioners do not read journal articles,” said David Swindell, a member of the Alliance for Innovation’s board of directors and director of the Center for Urban Innovation. “We pat each other on the back but they don’t impact policy.”

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