Government Innovation in Minnesota

Government Innovation in Minnesota
Humphrey School of Public Affairs

301 19th Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55455
United States


Since 2006, the Humphrey School of Public Affairs has recognized innovative programs and projects around the state of Minnesota through the Local Government Innovation Awards and the State Government Innovation Awards. In 2020, we have remodeled our program to continue the work of highlighting these innovations through new models and media.

Our goal is to share stories about good works and great ideas, and to highlight the efforts and accomplishments of those who, against challenges new and old, aim to make Minnesota and the nations that share its geography better for all those who call it home.

Government Innovation in Minnesota is sponsored by the Bush Foundation.

Please contact Drake Lawrence, program manager, at [email protected] with any questions.

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More information about all our previous awardees


Will there be an award ceremony?
In the 2020–21 academic year, we will NOT hosting an award ceremony. In future years we hope to return to hosting a ceremony as a part of our program. This year we are focusing on telling these stories in a different way.

Where can I find information about previous awardees?
You can find all the previous awardees for the LGIA and SGIA by using the above links. These sites will serve as archival pages for previous years.

How will GIMN be different?
In the future we hope we’ll continue doing an award ceremony, but we believe that focusing on telling these stories of innovation will better serve our goal of highlighting good government redesign. While we’ve combined LGIA and SGIA, we believe that our new approach will mean more work, more stories, and more opportunities for government innovation to be recognized.

How do I submit my program/project?
Our application will be up by the end of October 2020!

Application criteria

More information on our criteria for 2020–21 coming soon!

Submit your story

You'll find a link here to apply soon!

GIMN selection panel

The Government Innovation in Minnesota program is supported by a panel of Humphrey School of Public Affairs faculty and staff.

2020–21 Selection Panel & Staff