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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Announcing the 2012 Local Government Innovation Award Winners

Meet This Year's Local Government Innovation Awards Finalists! The Local Government Innovation Awards are proud to announce the three finalists who will compete for the chance to win a grant of $25,000 to continue innovating.

Dakota County Community Services: Jail Re-Entry Program Return on Taxpayer Investment Model. Dakota County's Re-Entry Assistance Program works to improve the probability of long-term success for individuals exiting jail by providing community-based wraparound services tailored to each former offender's needs.

Irondale High School of Mounds View Public Schools: Early College at Irondale High School. Irondale was first school in Minnesota to offer a comprehensive early college program allowing students in the academic middle the opportunity to earn a free two-year associate degree.

City of Saint Paul: Saint Paul Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Academy. The EMS Academy provides an opportunity for minority, low-income, and at-risk youth of St. Paul to be trained as Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs), helping youth to break the cycle of poverty and to pursue meaningful and well-paying vocations in healthcare.

In addition to the 3 finalists, 15 other cities, schools and counties are also being honored for their innovative work. Visit www.InCommons.org/LGIA and click on the "Winners" tab located in the middle of the home page to check out the ways the award recipients have been making Minnesota better by doing things differently.

Lac qui Parle County Economic Development Authority - Driving Forward in Lac qui Parle County
Blue Earth County - Blue Earth County Community Farm - A Local Collaborative Approach to Addressing Hunger
Stearns County Attorney's Office & Stearns County Human Services Department - Stearns County Repeat Felony Domestic Violence Court
Hennepin County - Top 51 Homeless Pilot
Anoka County - MN First Municipal-led Highway Design Build Project CSAH 14


Family Service Collaborative - The Truancy Work Group
Kelliher School - Kelliher Health and Resource Center (KHRC)
Staples Motley Schools - Staples Motley Teacher Residence Programs
Forest Lake Area Schools (ISD #8431) & Lakes International Language Academy (LILA) - Collaboration Benefiting Students
Robbinsdale Area Redesign (Robbinsdale Area Schools) - Weekend KidPack Initiative


City of Royalton - Royalton's Collaboration
City of Falcon Heights - Falcon Heights Adopt a Crop Program
City of Austin, Austin Port Authority, Austin Housing and Redevelopment Authority - Austin Main Street Project
City of Silver Bay - Silver Bay Produces!
City of Minneapolis, City Attorney's Office - Downtown 100 Initiative


Congratulations to all the winners. Keep up the spirits high. Also keep us update on next event.

Congratulations to all the winners. Keep up the spirits high. Also keep us update on next event.

Congrats to Irondale for the getting to the finals on the Innovation awards. As a past graduate from Irondale Class of 78 it is great to see. My career has traveled many paths but I have been an inventor for the past 4 years and find it more rewarding than anything I have completed in the last 30.

Dakota County Community Services provides much needed services

Irondale High School of Mounds View- Early College at High School.
Is was a great idea

Congrats to all the winners they deserve the recognition for the outstanding service they are providing

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