The Renewal Awards: Celebrating America's Local Innovators

January 26, 2015
9:30 am - 12:00 pm CST


Tuesday, January 26

9:35 am CST Keynote Remarks & Interview: Talking National Agenda & Local Problem-Solving     Watch On-Demand
  • Neera Tanden, President, Center for American Progress and Center for American Progress Action Fund
  • Robert Doar, Morgridge Fellow in Poverty Studies, American Enterprise Institute
  • Moderator: Ron Brownstein, Editorial Director, Atlantic Media
10:35 am CST Innovation in Action: The Iowa Case Study     Watch On-Demand
  • Rob Baron, Chair, Des Moines School Board
  • The Honorable T.M. Franklin Cownie, Mayor, City of Des Moines, Iowa
  • Zachary Mannheimer, Vice President, Creative Placemaking, Iowa Business Growth Company
  • Henny Ohr, Executive Director, Ethnic Minorities of Burma Advocacy and Resource Center
  • Moderator: Matt Vasilogambros, Staff Correspondent, National Journal
11:00 am CST Unveiling the Winners     Watch On-Demand
Presented by:
  • Ron Brownstein, Editorial Director, Atlantic Media
  • Thomas J. Wilson, Chairman, President & CEO, Allstate Corporation

About this conference

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.

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