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City of Philadelphia Innovation Program

City of Philadelphia, PA SealRe-Innovating Government: A Philadelphia Story

The City of Philadelphia's Innovation Management Office has used a similar innovation program to help create and identify new ideas that have the potential to improve services and functions of municipal government.

Some examples of their success include:

  • Clean Commute: A feasibility study on how the city might be able to provide shower stations for employees who want to bike/run to work and/or exercise on their lunch break etc.
  • CitySwap: A Craigslist-like website that provides a platform for Philadelphia departments to “swap” or redistribute extra or unused items, such as desk chairs.
  • Better Bail: A marketing and outreach plan aimed to increase use of Philadelphia’s soon-to-be-implemented electronic bail pay system.
  • Plants Make Positive Places: A program designed to redistribute plants and plant material from city parks and property to community organizations, as well as create a seed/flower “library” for city plants.
  • Adopt a Play Street: A summer program that buys and distributes books to youth in underserved neighborhoods so students can keep up with their reading when they’re not in school.
  • Vital Ingredient: A curriculum/after-school program that seeks to combine digital literacy skills with healthy cooking/eating.

Philadelphia Innovation Blog