While large cities in the United States have long embraced the use of open data, most small to mid-sized do not share the same enthusiasm for universally accessible data, nor do they have the policy or technology infrastructure necessary to put in place such programs. However, city leaders in some mid-sized cities are beginning to emulate the successful open data programs of larger ones. This is the topic of a recent article by Mark J. Headd. In the article, Headd uses the example of Syracuse, N.Y, where city officials have adopted the data-driven innovation of larger cities like New York City, while participating in key strategic relationships–such as its involvement in the What Works Cities program–to utilize open data as a strategic asset to help foster innovation. Headd’s article draws from his long and successful career in the data and information technology and management fields. Currently, he is innovation specialist at Technology Transformation Service (18f). In previous positions he served as the chief data officer for the city of Philadelphia, and as a technical evangelist for the computer software firm Accela. His recent article can be found here.