Giving Compass' Take:

• From education and early learning to pet licensing retention, Seattle's i-Team is an urban strategy group that uses data to develop innovative solutions to the city's toughest challenges. On this podcast from Engaging Local Government Leaders, director Tina Walha discusses what is working.

• What can other cities learn from the effort in the Pacific Northwest to integrate technology, metrics and plain old common sense? How will this lead us into a brighter future?

• Read about nonprofits and foundations making a big impact on smart cities.

Using data and design to creatively solve problems. Tina Walha the Director of the Innovation & Performance team at the City of Seattle, Washington joined the podcast to talk about her team’s work. She shared her path into local government, which started with a stint in Mayor Bloomberg’s administration in New York City. Tina discussed the work of Seattle’s i-Team, how they are building on the use of data and what Seattle did to earn a What Works Cities Certification.

Listen to the full podcast about innovation in Seattle by Ben Kittelson at Engaging Local Government Leaders.