InnovateNC: FAQ’s

(Last updated: July 23, 2015)

1) Must the $15,000 community cash contribution be paid up-front?
A:  Yes, we anticipate that the $15,000 cash contribution will be paid by Sept. 30, 2015. However, if a community finds this challenging, we will allow the community to pay $7,500 on Sept. 30, 2015, with the remaining $7,500 being paid within the subsequent six (6) months.

2) What size communities are eligible?
A:  We are seeking highly-committed communities that are looking to make major gains in building and sustaining innovation, and have the support of local leadership. In this case, size is less important than the community’s assets, commitment to collective impact, and readiness to fully engage in the collaborative.

3) What do you mean by community assets?
A:  Assets take many forms. (Examples can be found in the Brookings Institution report, The Rise of Innovation Districts, as well as The Rainforest Scorecard, which 2015 Emerging Issue Forum speaker Victor Hwang generously shared with Forum participants.) Assets include, but are not limited to: innovation projects, activities, and engagement; infrastructure; supportive policies and culture; leadership and role models; community buy-in; strong cross-community collaborative networks; a higher education presence; and any other relevant resources. 

4) May communities partner on the application?
A:  Two or more communities may partner on the application, as long as there is a specific physical place within one of those communities that serves as the nucleus for the project.

5)  When will the cross-city collaboration meetings take place?
A:  The first two meetings are scheduled for Dec. 15, 2015, and June 7, 2016, at the Frontier in RTP. Additional meeting dates for Dec. 2016 and June 2017 have not yet been scheduled.

6)  What are the responsibilities of communities for hosting the Collaborative site visit? Is there a set agenda and how many guests should we plan for?
A:  Each community will host a one-day innovation showcase and conversation for the other participating communities.  InnovateNC will help shape an agenda that maximizes opportunity to learn from the host city, share best practices, and foster collaboration. Each convening is expected to attract approximately 40 visitors from the other participating communities (10/community) plus any local leaders from the community leaders who wish to attend, likely bringing the total number to 60-70.  Most visitors will come in and out for the day, but hotel and restaurant suggestions are encouraged for people wanting to stay over on their own budget. Each host group will provide food, meeting space, and basic A/V for panel discussions and group conversations, along with transportation if the host city wants the group to visit multiple sites to better understand the initiative.

7)  What system requirements are necessary for the local data partner?
We will help establish a metrics protocol for each community to use to track its progress toward community-level innovation. The local data partner will implement the evaluation protocols developed by RTI International and then share the results with RTIso that RTI can later describe trends and results. All data will be hosted by RTI. No special equipment and/or systems specifications is needed.

8)  To whom should we address letters of support?
Please submit letters of support electronically with your proposal.  Letters may be addressed as follows: Ms. Sarah Langer Hall, Institute for Emerging Issues, NC State University, Campus Box 7406, Raleigh, NC 27695-7406.

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