Government Innovation in Minnesota

Beginning in 2020, the State and Local Government Innovation Awards will be combined. Click here for more information about previous winners of the State Government Innovation Awards and Local Government Innovation Awards.

About

Minnesota faces the reality of an aging population, rising health care costs, and increasing demand for government services with reduced revenue. Yet many counties, cities, townships, and schools have refused to let the traditional approaches of either increasing taxes or cutting spending dictate their responses to these challenges. Instead, they are pursuing a third way: innovation and service redesign.

The State and Local Government Innovation Awards recognize the creative ways that the State government (SGIA) and counties, cities, townships, schools, and Native nations (LGIA) are making Minnesota better and doing things differently.

Please contact Drake Lawrence, program specialist, with questions.

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Learn more about the SGIA

Since 2014, the Humphrey School of Public Affairs, with support from the Bush Foundation, has awarded state government entities for their commitment and excellence in government redesign, which aims to improve results in local services, typically by using one of the following strategies:

  • Creating greater accountability
  • Using incentives, charges, and targeting to meet those in need 
  • Competitive contracting 
  • Funding consumers
  • Collaboration or consolidation
  • Prevention strategies that eliminate the need for a service
  • Divesting current services to the community

Learn more about the LGIA

Since 2006, the Humphrey School of Public Affairs, with support from the Bush Foundation, has awarded local government entities for their commitment and excellence in government redesign, which aims to improve results in local services, typically by using one of the following strategies:

  • Creating greater accountability
  • Using incentives, charges, and targeting to meet those in need 
  • Competitive contracting 
  • Funding consumers
  • Collaboration or consolidation
  • Prevention strategies that eliminate the need for a service
  • Divesting current services to the community