The Renewal Awards: Celebrating America’s Local Innovators

January 26, 2016, 10 a.m.
Parent's Hall Olmstead Center, Drake University
2507 University Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50311

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Amer­ica is wit­ness­ing a surge of civic in­nov­a­tion where loc­al en­tre­pren­eurs are tak­ing the lead in find­ing cre­at­ive solu­tions to the coun­try’s most press­ing so­cial and eco­nom­ic chal­lenges. For the past year, At­lantic Me­dia has been en­gaged in a na­tion­wide search to identi­fy these prag­mat­ic prob­lem solv­ers from among loc­al gov­ern­ment, non­profit groups, small busi­nesses and or­din­ary cit­izens.

That search will con­clude with an event in Des Moines, Iowa to re­cog­nize and hon­or out­stand­ing grass­roots in­nov­at­ors who are im­prov­ing their com­munit­ies from the ground up.

At­lantic Me­dia in part­ner­ship with All­state presents “The Re­new­al Awards: Cel­eb­rat­ing Amer­ica’s Loc­al In­nov­at­ors.” With the 2016 pres­id­en­tial elec­tions as a back­drop, this sum­mit will en­gage with na­tion­al and loc­al lead­ers, show­case in­nov­at­ors and ask how op­por­tun­it­ies can be cre­ated for even great­er in­nov­a­tion across Amer­ica.

More in­form­a­tion on the Re­new­al Pro­ject can be found here

9:30 a.m.              Open­ing Re­marks

9:35 a.m.              Key­note Re­marks & In­ter­view: Talk­ing Na­tion­al Agenda & Loc­al Prob­lem-Solv­ing

10:05 a.m.            Key­note Re­marks & In­ter­view: Talk­ing Na­tion­al Agenda & Loc­al Prob­lem-Solv­ing

10:35 a.m.            In­nov­a­tion in Ac­tion: The Iowa Case Study

11:00 a.m.            Un­veil­ing the Win­ners

11:20 a.m.            Win­ners Circle – Why Bot­tom-Up In­nov­a­tion is Thriv­ing

12:00 p.m.           Clos­ing Re­marks & Pro­gram Con­clu­sion

Rob Barron, Chair, Des Moines School Board
Zachary Mannheimer, Vice President, Creative Placemaking, Iowa Business Growth Company
The Honorable T.M. Franklin Cownie, Mayor, City of Des Moines, Iowa
Henny Ohr, Executive Director, Ethnic Minorities of Burma Advocacy and Resource Center
Robert Doar, Morgridge Fellow in Poverty Studies, American Enterprise Institute
Neera Tanden, President, Center for American Progress and Center for American Progress Action Fund


Ron Brownstein, Editorial Director, Atlantic Media
Matt Vasilogambros, Staff Correspondent, National Journal


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