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Innovation Awards

Congratulations to our TLG2014 Innovation Award Winners

The Alliance for Innovation’s annual awards program celebrates excellence in local government innovation!  Following a rigorous review process, award submissions from Alliance members were selected and recognized on April 23, 2014 at the TLG Conference awards luncheon in Denver, CO. 

The Alliance has two major awards, the J. Robert Havlick Award for Innovation and the Thomas H. Muehlenbeck Award for Excellence in Local Government.  Additional Outstanding Achievement in Local Government Innovation awards were presented as a way to honor and promote innovations in the field of local government.

The J. Robert Havlick Award for Innovation in Local Government was created to honor Bob Havlick, founder of The Innovation Groups (now the Alliance), who retired in 2003. 

Thomas H. Muehlenbeck Award for Excellence in Local Government was created as a tribute to Tom as a means to honor excellence in innovation. Muehlenbeck served as the City Manager of Plano, TX for 24-years and served as the first IG Board of Directors, Chair.

While we celebrate achievements and innovation in all local governments, only Alliance members are eligible to apply as one of the many benefits with Alliance membership. For tips on selecting a project or making your application stand out, see our Awards guide ebook

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. 


Applications Are Now Being Accepted for 2012 J. Robert Havlick and Thomas H. Muehlenbeck Awards  
An innovation is “the creative idea become realized”

The J. Robert Havlick Award for Innovation in Local Government was conceptualized 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.
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 (now the Alliance for Innovation) 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 concern.
•    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.
To Apply, Submit:

1. A cover sheet with your name, title, jurisdiction, mailing address, phone, fax, and email address.
2. An opening paragraph with the program/project/product, etc. name and a short description of the innovation.
3. A description of your jurisdiction, the history of the situation(s) which gave rise to the innovation’s need, and additional underlying factors.
4. A description of the innovation’s importance, internal impact, and community benefits.
5. Answers to the following:  How is it a quantum leap of creativity? • Who has benefited from the innovation? • How was the innovation initiated and implemented? • What risks were associated with planning and developing the innovation? • What was the environment in which the innovation was created and sustained? • What were execution costs and savings? • What lessons were learned that could be shared with other local governments? • Which department and/or individuals championed the innovation?
6. Total page length should be between 3-5 pages.
7. We request submissions be made electronically. Acceptable formats include Word, PDF, Excel, and Power Point.  Submit applications electronically to Brandi Allen at
8. Additional attachments, if necessary, may be included.
The Selection Process:
Only Alliance for Innovation member governments will be selected. The award selection committee will review the applications and decide on the winner.
Award Winners:
Award winners will be announced during the 2012 Transforming Local Government Conference (Kansas City, April 18-20). In addition, the Muehlenbeck and Havlick Award winners will receive one free registration to the conference.
Nominations will be accepted up until Monday, January 23, 2012. For more information or to apply, please contact Brandi Allen at

Further Information:
The Alliance will be offering a free webinar on “How to Win an Award” on December 12, 2011. See the Alliance for Innovation’s webinar page for registration information.