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Innovation Awards


Applications Are Now Being Accepted for
2015 J. Robert Havlick and Thomas H. Muehlenbeck Awards
Presented at Transforming Local Government Conference
April 13 - 15, 2015 | Phoenix, AZ

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An innovation is “the creative idea become realized”

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 IG who retired in 2003. One local government, its internal champion(s), and the innovation will be acknowledged with the J. Robert Havlick Award for Innovation in Local Government. In addition, one local government and its program, initiative, project, etc. will receive the Thomas H. Muehlenbeck Award for Excellence in Local Government. Muehlenbeck has served as the City Manager of Plano, TX since 1987 and was The Innovation Groups Board of Directors’ Chair for 10 years.

Several awards will also be given for outstanding achievements in local government innovation.

Criteria for the Awards

The submission should demonstrate one or more of the following:

  • How it successfully addressed an important dilemma of public service delivery concerns.
  • How it has had a positive impact and tremendous benefit to the community or jurisdiction.
  • A quantum leap of creativity.
  • The government’s commitment and support of bringing the innovation to life.
  • Service delivery improvements and/or efficiencies.
  • Organizational improvement because of the innovation.
  • Tangible effectiveness and results.

The Selection Process:

Only Alliance for Innovation members are eligible to apply for an innovation award.  The Award Selection Committee, made up of Alliance for Innovation Board of Directors, will review the applications and select the winners.

The Notification Process

All award applicants will be notified of the Committee’s decision via email by the end of January 2015. Those receiving awards will be announced and recognized throughout the 2015 Transforming Local Government Conference (Phoenix, AZ, April 13-15, 2015). The Muehlenbeck and Havlick Award winners will receive one free registration to the conference.

The Application Process:

To apply for an Innovation Award please complete the application HERE and return by November 21, 2014 to Ryan Spillers at rspillers@transformgov.org  For more information please contact Ryan Spillers at rspillers@transformgov.org.

If you opted to have your TLG case study application reviewed for an award, you do not need to resubmit. All 2015 TLG designated case study applications will be transferred to the award selection committee for consideration.

Congratulations to the 2014 Havlick/muehlenbeck award winners

J. Robert Havlick Award for Innovation in Local Government:

How Mesa Became a College Town, City of Mesa, AZ

Thomas H. Muehlenbeck Award for Excellence:

Think You Can't Recruit on Facebook? Think Again., City of Edmonton, AB

Outstanding Achievement in Innovation Awards:

A Community Centered Approach to CPR Training and Action, City of Austin, TX

A Quadrennial Budget for Financial Sustainability, Washtenaw County, MI

ASAP Message Broker Service Projects, City of Richmond, VA

The Tapestry Project, City of Mankato, MN

Child Wellbeing Project, Catawba County, NC

Press Consortium Project, Cities of Arvada and Boulder, CO

Conover Station: A Small Town's Effort to Kick Start Redevelopment, City of Conover, NC

Interactive Multi-Site Community Meeting, Humboldt County, CA

From Fishing Pond to Global Asset, Sarasota County, FL

Police Chief Recruitment Video, City of Hillsboro, OR

the 2013 award submissions may be found in the knowledge network.