Minnesota faces the reality of an aging population, rising health care costs, and an increasing demand for government services with reduced revenue. Yet many counties, cities and schools have refused to let the traditional approaches of either increasing taxes or cutting spending exclusively dictate their responses to these challenges. Instead, they are pursuing a third way: innovation and service redesign.
That innovative spirit will be honored in the Local Government Innovation Awards, hosted by the Humphrey School of Public Affairs in partnership with InCommons. These awards recognize the creative ways counties, cities and schools are making Minnesota better and doing things differently. And this year, Minnesotans will help choose a winner, with a public vote determining which project will be awarded a $25,000 grant.
The entry period is open today through November 2, with the public vote taking place December 5 though January 15. Head over to the InCommons LGIA webpage to learn more, sign up for email updates, and share and learn from stories of local government innovation!