Local Government Innovation & Redesign

To support local government redesign efforts and recognize the innovative work already underway, the Public and Nonprofit Leadership Center has partnered with state associations to create the Local Government Innovation & Redesign Guide and host a yearly Local Government Innovations Awards ceremony.

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Local Government Innovations Awards: Recognizing How Local Government Works


Do you know of a Minnesotan city, county or school that is doing innovative work? Are you a government official that has taken an innovative approach to improve local services? If so, consider nominating or applying for a Local Government Innovation Award before the February 4 deadline!

The Local Government Innovations Awards recognize outstanding cities, counties, and schools that demonstrate results in improving local services. The Hubert H. Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota is pleased to partner with the Association of MN Counties (AMC), the League of Minnesota Cities (LMC), and the MN School Boards Association (MSBA) to conduct the 5th annual Local Government Innovation Awards. The awards are supported financially by our sponsor, the Public Strategies Group, and our supporting sponsor, Ehlers.

This year's awards will focus on service redesign. Up to 18 awards will be given out (6 to cities, 6 to counties, and 6 to schools) based on demonstrated innovations that integrate some of the following strategies:

• Creating greater accountability
• Using incentives, charges, and targeting to meet those in need
• Competitive contracting
• Funding consumers
• Collaboration or consolidation
• Prevention strategies that eliminate the need for a service
• Divesting current services to community groups

Also new to the awards this year is an online platform that allows participants to submit electronic applications and view all other submitted innovations, and will also allow the public to view and vote on their favorite innovations. To view the new competition website and learn more about eligibility, judging criteria and application materials, visit http://www.incommons.org/LocalGovernmentInnovation. Submissions are due by Friday, February 4th, 2011.

As Minnesotans, let's take pride in all that local governments are accomplishing during these difficult times. It is our intention and hope that these awards will give innovative cities, counties and schools the recognition they deserve.

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