Louisville Joins Tech-Focused Multi-City Innovation Campaign

March 7, 2015

The National League of Cities (NLC) today announced that the Multi-City Innovation Campaign (MCIC), a program that helps spur quality innovation in cities across the country, will expand to 25 communities, including Louisville in 2015.

The MCIC serves as a platform for developers, innovators and community leaders to build scalable and sustainable solutions that will change the way cities communicate with their community members and provide information to citizens about resources.

This year’s focus is for innovators to submit solutions to challenges related to public health, community health, health services and healthcare technology. Cities and regions also have public safety and economic development challenges that impact health, and need attention from innovators.

“As an entrepreneur, who happens to be Mayor, joining this program is right up our alley,” Mayor Greg Fischer said. “It links innovative solutions to the greatest common challenges faced by cities. It is also a shining example of the way cities can come together to drive innovation and impact positive change nationally. I look forward to seeing the ingenuity from citizens across the nation to address our community and public health needs."

Some Example Challenges include:
• Identifying and supporting Emergency Care high frequency “super-users”
• Monitoring pollution in urban areas
• Transparency of the cost of care
• Creating bike-safe communities
• Addressing mental health and well-being needs of teens

The winning solution will be selected by the 25 cities this summer. If a city decides to implement the idea, the innovator will receive $5,000 from that city for a total of up to $120,000.

Additionally, MCIC applicants will have the opportunity to compete to be a finalist in the upcoming summer 2015 Jumpstart Foundry cohort, one of the nation’s leading startup accelerators based in Nashville, Tenn. The winner of the program can receive up to $100,000 in seed capital to develop and expand their solution.

“As the leading voice of cities, we’re thrilled to be able to use our resources to grow this campaign and help our cities develop game-changing tools to address their greatest challenges such as health, public safety and economic development,” said Clarence E. Anthony, CEO & executive director of the National League of Cities. “It is important for cities to develop sustainable, technology-driven solutions that address the unique challenges that our local communities face.”

The campaign was started in 2014 by four NLC member cities—Boston, Nashville, Palo Alto and Raleigh—who asked NLC to expand the program for 2015. The program was recognized earlier this month as a “Bright Idea” by The Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at Harvard University, and receives thought leadership support from Esri and Socrata.

Participating cities include:

Atlanta, Ga.; Austin, Texas; Boston, Mass.; Charlotte, N.C.; Chattanooga, Tenn.; Los Angeles, Calif.; Louisville, Ky.; Memphis, Tenn.; Mountain View, Calif.; Nashville, Tenn.; Oakland, Calif.; Palo Alto, Calif.; Philadelphia, Penn.; Raleigh, N.C.; Salt Lake City, Utah; San Francisco, Calif.; San Luis Obispo, Calif.; Charlotte, N.C.; Durham, N.C.; Somerville, Mass.; Pittsburgh, Pa.; Saint Paul, Minn.; Sacramento, Calif.; and Seattle, Wash. Non-city participants include Durham County, N.C., and State of Rhode Island.

To submit an idea visit, http://2015cityinnovation.populr.me/