The Humphrey School of Public Affairs recently announced the winners of its eighth annual Local Government Innovation Awards. As local governments struggle with cutbacks at state and federal levels, these awards — organized in partnership with the Bush Foundation and co-sponsored by the League of Minnesota Cities, the Association of Minnesota Counties, the Minnesota School Board Association, and the Minnesota Association of Townships — recognize local entities that are most creative in providing services to Minnesotans. From the ways they provide farm fresh foods to school children and help youth develop careers to how they regulate septic systems, 20 government entities are being recognized for their innovative ways of doing business.
Five school districts were chosen as award winners:
• Red Wing Public Schools: “Every Hand Joined” (Overall Category Winner)
• Brainerd Public Schools: “Farm to School”
• Farmington Area Public Schools: “Flexible Learning Days”
• Robbinsdale Area Schools: “Helping Us Grow (HUG)”
• South Washington County Schools: “Adult Basic Education and Washington County Workforce”
Click on the following link to view the full press release: LGIA-PressRelease-2014
To learn more about the awards program, visit lgia.umn.edu.
In conjunction with the awards, the Humphrey School is hosting a seminar for state and local government officials and others interested in innovation that delves into emerging trends and opportunities for government creativity and service design. The seminar, which includes workshops and presentations, is scheduled for December 5, 2014 from 9 a.m to 3 p.m. Learn more at http://z.umn.edu/2014hhhinnovation.