April 19, 2016

Erie County Graduates First Ice House Class

Erie County Executive Kathy Dahlkemper is pleased with how the first Ice House training went.  “We’re all born with an innovative entrepreneurial mindset, so tapping back in to it, it’s really about creativity and looking at things from different angles and in new ways,” said Dahlkemper.

After graduation, Scott Maas, Director of Assessment for the county said, “I’ve been with the county for 14 years, the concept of trying to break down those silos or to get collaborative thinking has often been discussed, but there’s never been a real format for us do to it.. This type of training allows us to form those groups and to brainstorm together in order to make something happen.”

Beth Zimmer of the Innovation Collaborative and a handful of others went through an intensive Ice House facilitator training in Cleveland, then brought the concept to Erie.  “Our plan is to deploy this program throughout the community as broadly and as deeply as we can so we’ll have such a positive impact on the community in a much faster fashion,” said Zimmer.

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