Back for a seventh year, the Humphrey School of Public Affairs’ Local Government Innovation Awards are open and accepting applications!
Do you know of cities, counties, school districts, or schools that have been innovating to improve their services and make Minnesota a better place? This could be the award for them. Here are some of the guidelines:
- The innovation entered is underway or has taken place within the past two years.
- It has not been awarded previously or has substantially changed since previously awarded.
- It is beyond the conceptual stage and has demonstrated progress and impact.
- Located in Minnesota.
Special efforts will be made to recognize local government entities of varying sizes, from both the metro area and Greater Minnesota.
Entrants will be judged based on:
- Innovtion: Is the proposed innovation creative? Does it reflect a unique approach that demonstrates a substantial difference from other attempts to solve the same problems at the local level? Does it demonstrate risk-taking and/or embrace conflict?
- Impact: How does the innovation make a difference? Were considerable resources saved or implemented in a new way to yield greater results? Is there evidence of success or impact?
- Sustainability and Potential for Growth: Will the innovation stick? Can it be expanded or repeated in other communities?
Nominations are being accepted now through October 24, with an awards ceremony on December 12 for the winners. Up to 18 local government entities will be honored, with one winner in each category awarded a $10,000 grant from the Bush Foundation.
Check out the Humphrey School’s website for more, and to submit your nominations!