The Humphrey School of Public Affairs proudly announced the results of the seventh annual Local Government Innovation Awards (LGIA). The Humphrey School believes innovation is the key to bettering Minnesota, and preventing increases in taxes and reductions in state spending. In line with this belief, the Awards are designed to encourage, inspire, and reward cities, counties, and school districts that think innovatively about program redesign and collaboration.
By reaching out to communities throughout metro and greater Minnesota, the Award judges had a chance to review a grand total of 94 local government entities’ innovative projects. Of these, 18 applications were selected for recognition, and three were selected to receive $10,000 grants courtesy of the Bush Foundation. The LGIA winners were publicly celebrated and recognized on December 12th, 2013 at the Humphrey School. These winning entries included innovative ideas from transforming biosolid storage ponds into hunting grounds for youth and persons with disabilities to analyzing and collaborating resources and strategies internally in schools to fit individual student needs to restructuring suicide prevention support to include a simple technology that best reaches out to those who need support the most.
To check out the full list of this year’s winners please visit: http://lgia.umn.edu