Articles by Julie Lorenz

About Julie Lorenz

Julie Lorenz leads strategic consulting for the Transportation Group at Burns & McDonnell. With more than 25 years of experience in communications, public affairs and policy development, Julie works to create strategies, programs and resources to drive infrastructure solutions for the future. She is a longtime contributor for the Transportation Research Board, conducting groundbreaking research in scenario planning and innovation culture.

How & Why to Create a Culture of Innovation in Transportation Agencies

Though there are many critical factors in creating and sustaining a culture of innovation, leadership has emerged as perhaps the most critical. A change of administration or staff turnover is one of the most common reasons for why these initiatives end. Therefore, it is important to take the politics out of innovation by ensuring that champions are not all political appointees or nearing retirement.