Last month we noted the significance of the ICMA’s creation of a Chief Technology and Innovation Officer (CTIO), and their increased commitment to technology and smart cities.


This month I wanted to feature a quick snapshot of an interview with their new CTIO, Xavier Hughes. On the key question: Why is innovation so important in local government today? Here’s what Hughes had to say:


XH: Innovation is critical in all levels and areas of government. It fuels creativity, progress, and enhances our value proposition to constituents, private sector, nonprofits, academia, and many others. Civic innovation’s impact is broad and invaluable. Just take a look at what is happening in the mobility space: e-scooters, dock-less bikes, ride-sharing; thousands of part- and full-time jobs have been generated due to technological and urban innovation. That represents hundreds of millions of dollars onto our economy and labor force.

For the full interview click here:


At Comcate we are working every day with clients on agency innovation. We recently shared information about how we support clients to manage weed abatement issues. Click here to learn more:


This month we welcome the following new clients:

Westwego, LA

City of Perris, AVA

City of Lancaster, CA PS


Thanks for your support,

Dave Richmond

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