Gainesville City Manager Speaks at 2016 Smart Cities Innovation Summit in Austin


Gainesville City Manager Anthony Lyons is one of two city managers featured as speakers at the 2016 Smart Cities Innovation Summit in Austin, Texas, held June 13-16. Combined with the Global City Teams Challenge and the US Ignite Application Summit, the Smart Cities Innovation Summit is hosting more than 2,000 attendees from around the world. The conference represents this year’s most comprehensive showcase and accelerator of smart city innovation world-wide.

“This is a wonderful opportunity to let the world see the cutting-edge, collaborative human-design process underway between the people of Gainesville and their city government to redesign government around the people it serves,” said Lyons. He will address conference attendees at the City Spotlight Workshop on Governance Wednesday, June 15 at 3 p.m.

Lyons was invited to speak and share how the implementation of the Gainesville citizen-centered initiative is changing city governance structures at every level of city government. From the current city search for a first-ever director of the Department of Doing to launching an interactive city event and emergency information website ( -- putting citizen needs at the center of city government is empowering Gainesville’s citizens in unique ways.

The citizen-centered initiative is an outcome of the Blue Ribbon Advisory Committee on Economic Competitiveness (BRACEC) report and recommendations adopted by the Gainesville City Commission in December 2015. To learn more about the BRACEC report, the City of Gainesville Director of the Department of Doing job announcement or to view the City of Gainesville SafeGNV website, visit the City of Gainesville online at To view information about the 2016 Smart Cities Innovation Summit, visit