September 3, 2014
Are you a school, city, township, or county that has been innovating to improve services or reduce the cost of local government? If so, share your innovation for a chance to win $5,000 and a professional video highlighting your effort!
The Local Government Innovation Awards—sponsored in partnership between the Humphrey School’s Public and Nonprofit Leadership Center, the Association of Minnesota Counties , the League of Minnesota Cities, the Minnesota Association of Townships, and the Minnesota School Board Association—recognize the creative ways counties, cities, townships and schools are making Minnesota better and doing things differently. All types of local government innovation are encouraged to enter. Through a partnership with the University’s Center for Integrative Leadership this year, the Awards are particularly interested in surfacing innovations involving cross-sector or cross-systems collaborations.
This year up to 20 local government entities will be recognized as award winners for their innovative work. The winner in each of the four categories will also receive a professional video highlighting their innovation work and a $5,000 grant from the Bush Foundation to continue local government innovation and redesign work!
Learn more and help spread the word.
September 27, 2013
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!
December 10, 2012
Congratulations to Dakota County Community Services, Irondale High School of Mounds View Public Schools and the City of St. Paul, the finalists in the Humphrey School of Public Affairs/InCommons Local Government Innovation Awards!
A public vote will determine which one of these finalists will receive a $25,000 grant to continue innovating.In addition to the three finalists, 15 other local government entries will receive awards for their innovations.
InCommons and the Humphrey School invite you to help in helping select the $25,000 grant recipient by attending a community conversation to learn and share about local government innovation.
These events are an opportunity to talk with local government officials and to connect with others interested in supporting and improving the work that our schools, cities, and counties do every day. Everyone who attends a community conversation in December will have a chance to vote for which of the three finalists should receive the $25,000 grant.
Three are coming up:
- December 13 with Dakota County Community Services: 9:30 am to 11:30 am at the Rosemount Community Center.
- December 18 with Irondale High School: 11:00 am to 12:30 pm at the TIES Building in Saint Paul.
- December 19 with the City of Saint Paul’s EMS Academy: 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm at Fire Station 51 in Saint Paul.
Visit the InCommons website to learn more about the Awards and to see how the finalists and award recipients have been making Minnesota better by doing things differently.