Harvard Names Top Finalists for Innovations In Government Program; Finalists to Complete for $100,000 Awards

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The Top 50 Programs were selected from a pool of nearly 1,000 applicants representing all levels of government. These initiatives are being recognized for their novelty and creativity, effectiveness at addressing significant issues, and their potential to be replicated by other jurisdictions. They exemplify government's best efforts across a variety of policy areas, ranging from education to the environment, criminal justice to health care, and management to community development.

The Ash Institute for Democratic Governance and Innovation at Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government today announced the Top 50 Programs in the 2007 Innovations in American Government Awards competition.

The Top 50 Programs were selected from a pool of nearly 1,000 applicants representing all levels of government. These initiatives are being recognized for their novelty and creativity, effectiveness at addressing significant issues, and their potential to be replicated by other jurisdictions. They exemplify government's best efforts across a variety of policy areas, ranging from education to the environment, criminal justice to health care, and management to community development. The Top 50 programs will continue in the competition and remain eligible to win one of seven $100,000 awards.

"Government agencies today must have the ability to respond efficiently to the ever-changing needs of citizens," said Stephen Goldsmith, Director of the Innovations in American Government Program. "We are pleased to recognize these programs that have capitalized on creative thinking to increase the effectiveness of government."

The innovative programs announced today are drawn from jurisdictions nationwide, including 17 towns or cities, 16 states, 10 counties, five federal agencies, one government corporation, and one regional authority. Seven of the programs come from or within the state of California. Other states with multiple innovative initiatives are Florida, Illinois, Massachusetts, Michigan, Oregon, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, and Washington.

Eighteen finalists--selected from among the Top 50 Programs--will be announced on May 2. The Innovations in American Government Awards National Selection Committee, chaired by David Gergen, will then select seven winners, including two special awards: the Annie E. Casey Innovations Award in Children and Family System Reform, and the Fannie Mae Foundation Innovations Award in Affordable Housing. The seven recipients of the $100,000 awards will be announced in the fall at a dinner celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Innovations in American Government Awards Program in Washington, D.C.

The Innovations in American Government Award is a program of the Ash Institute for Democratic Governance and Innovation at Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government. The Ash Institute advances excellence in governance and strengthens democratic institutions worldwide. Through its research, publications, leadership training, global network and Awards program, the Ash Institute fosters creative and effective government problem-solving and serves as a catalyst for addressing many of the most pressing needs of the world's citizens. Descriptions and contact information for the Top 50 Programs for 2007 is attached. This information is also available at: ashinstitute.harvard.edu.

2007 Top 50 Government Innovations

FEDERAL GOVERNMENT

Coverage with Evidence Development
Department of Health and Human Services

http://www.GovBenefits.gov
Department of Labor

Military Support for Regional Preparedness
Department of Defense

Science, Engineering, Mathematics and Aerospace Academy
National Aeronautics and Space Administration

National Partnership for Results in Ending Chronic Homelessness
Interagency Council on Homelessness

Wild and Scenic Rivers
Department of the Interior

ARIZONA

Las Artes
Pima County, Arizona

ARKANSAS

Antenatal and Neonatal Guidelines, Education and Learning System (ANGELS)
State of Arkansas

CALIFORNIA

Affordable Family Housing Ordinance
City of Anaheim, California

CityBuild
City of San Francisco, California

Inspection Points Program
City of Temecula, California

Permanency Partners Program
Los Angeles County, California

Relative Caregiver Program
Monterey County, California

Spare the Air/Free Transit
Metropolitan Transportation Commission, California

Will Power to Youth    
City of Los Angeles, California

COLORADO

Renewable Energy Mitigation Program
City of Aspen, Colorado

DELAWARE

Vacant Property Registration Fee Program
City of Wilmington, Delaware

FLORIDA

ACCESS Florida: Modernized Eligibility Determination
State of Florida

IDAHO

Mapping Evapotranspiration From Satellites
State of Idaho

ILLINOIS

Citizen and Law Enforcement Analysis and Reporting
City of Chicago, Illinois

Green Permit Program
City of Chicago, Illinois

IOWA

Title Guaranty Division
State of Iowa

KENTUCKY

Agricultural Development Fund
Commonwealth of Kentucky

MASSACHUSETTS

Fairmount/Indigo Line CDC Collaborative
City of Boston, Massachusetts

Healthy Homes Program
City of Boston, Massachusetts

Teen Prostitution Prevention Project
Suffolk County, Massachusetts

MICHIGAN

Critical Incident Management System II
State of Michigan

Leadership Academy
State of Michigan

Urban Land Reform Initiative
Genesee County, Michigan

MINNESOTA

Disability Health Options
State of Minnesota

MISSOURI

Capital Improvements Management Office
City of Kansas City, Missouri

NEW MEXICO

Juvenile Justice Continuum of Services and Graduated Sanctions
Luna County, New Mexico

NEW YORK

Integrated Domestic Violence Courts
State of New York

NORTH CAROLINA

Community Care
State of North Carolina

Ecosystem Enhancement Program
State of North Carolina
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Learn and Earn
State of North Carolina

Overt Drug Market Strategy
City of High Point, North Carolina

Workforce Development Center
Johnston County, North Carolina

OREGON

Central Plant
City of Beaverton, Oregon

Hamlet and Village Program
Clackamas County, Oregon

Landbanking Program for Affordable Housing
City of Eugene, Oregon

Oregon Solutions
State of Oregon

PENNSYLVANIA

Homeowners' Emergency Mortgage Assistance Program
Commonwealth of Pennsylvania

TENNESSEE

Center for State Foster Care and Adoption Data
State of Tennessee

Exemplary Educators Program
State of Tennessee

TEXAS

Water System Conservation Program
City of San Antonio, Texas

VIRGINIA

Magnet Housing Program
Fairfax County, Virginia

WASHINGTON

eCityGov Alliance
Puget Sound area, Washington

Electronic Court Records
King County, Washington

Climate Protection Initiative
City of Seattle, Washington

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