Watch these videos describing each community's award winning submission for the 2017 Transforming Local Government Innovation Awards.
The J. Robert Havlick Award for Innovation in Local Government was conceptualized by The Innovation Groups’ (now the Alliance for Innovation) Board of Directors to honor Bob Havlick, founder of the Innovation Group. One local government, its internal champion(s), and the innovation are honored with the J. Robert Havlick Award for Innovation in Local Government. In addition, one local government and its program, initiative, project, etc. receive the Thomas H. Muehlenbeck Award for Excellence in Local Government. Multiple communities also receive awards for demonstrating Outstanding Achievement in Local Government Innovation.
The Innovation Awards have evolved from their inception in 2004, to address a growing need to recognize and celebrate creativity, innovation and those who are pushing the bounds of creative excellence. These awards are presented each year at the Transforming Local Government Conference hosted by the Alliance for Innovation.
“The 2017 Alliance for Innovation Award winners are shining examples of how local government leaders are advancing emerging practices in their communities,” said Karen Thoreson, President of the Alliance for Innovation. “They are making innovation work for their citizens and making their organizations more effective as they put their best ideas into practice.”
The Alliance for Innovation is building cultures of innovation. Each year, the Alliance hosts leading-edge conferences like the Transforming Local Government Conference to challenge conventional thinking and inspire change. Check out these award winners to see a glimpse of the conference in 2016.
In 2013 the Alliance in partnership with ASU created and piloted a unique curriculum, called the Innovation Academy, with six teams of participants from local governments across North America. The Alliance has graduated over 35 organizations from the Innovation Academy. This tested framework provides support for developing an innovative project in your community and encourages participants to recommend ways to strengthen the culture of innovation in your organization.
The Alliance for Innovation is building cultures of innovation. Each year, the Alliance hosts leading-edge conferences like the Transforming Local Government Conference to challenge conventional thinking and inspire change. Check out these award winners to see a glimpse of the conference in 2015.
The Marvin Andrews Fellowship in Urban Management, which leads to a master's degree in public administration, is designed to identify the country’s most talented students aspiring to executive levels in local government. Marvin Andrews Fellows work with staff at the Alliance for Innovation on projects throughout the year.