Semifinalists Named in Government Innovations Award Program

Apr 30, 2001, 01:00 ET from Council for Excellence in Government

    CAMBRIDGE, Mass., April 30 /PRNewswire/ -- The 99 semifinalists for the
 2001 Innovations in American Government Awards were announced today.  The
 Awards recognize initiatives at all levels of government that are both
 original and effective.  The semifinalists are eligible for one of five Awards
 of $100,000.
     Selected from a pool of more than 1,300 applicants, the semifinalists
 range from local school districts to federal efforts, and include one-of-a-
 kind programs that encourage recycling, provide healthcare for the rural poor,
 improve crime scene investigations, provide shelter for the homeless, ensure
 food safety, eliminate family violence, recruit and train new teachers, make
 playgrounds accessible to children with disabilities, and many others.  The 99
 semifinalists include: 17 federal, 40 state, 19 city and town programs, 12
 county, 7 school districts, 2 government corporations and 2 tribal
 governments.
     Four criteria are used to evaluate each application: originality of the
 approach; effectiveness in addressing important problems; value of services to
 clients; and the potential for replication in other jurisdictions.
     Fifteen finalists will be named from the pool of semifinalists in
 September.  The National Selection Committee on Innovations in American
 Government, chaired by David R. Gergen, editor-at-large, U.S. News & World
 Report, will select five winning programs after a full day of presentations on
 October 17, 2001 in Washington, DC.  Winners will be announced the following
 day, and each will receive a $100,000 Award.  The remaining 10 finalists will
 each receive $20,000.
     Celebrating its 15th anniversary, Innovations in American Government is an
 awards program of the Institute for Government Innovation at the John F.
 Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.  The program is
 administered in partnership with the Council for Excellence in Government, and
 is funded by the Ford Foundation.
     The list of semifinalists, including a description of the program and
 local contact information, is available on the web at
 http://www.innovations.harvard.edu/2001semi.html .
 
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    CAMBRIDGE, Mass., April 30 /PRNewswire/ -- The 99 semifinalists for the
 2001 Innovations in American Government Awards were announced today.  The
 Awards recognize initiatives at all levels of government that are both
 original and effective.  The semifinalists are eligible for one of five Awards
 of $100,000.
     Selected from a pool of more than 1,300 applicants, the semifinalists
 range from local school districts to federal efforts, and include one-of-a-
 kind programs that encourage recycling, provide healthcare for the rural poor,
 improve crime scene investigations, provide shelter for the homeless, ensure
 food safety, eliminate family violence, recruit and train new teachers, make
 playgrounds accessible to children with disabilities, and many others.  The 99
 semifinalists include: 17 federal, 40 state, 19 city and town programs, 12
 county, 7 school districts, 2 government corporations and 2 tribal
 governments.
     Four criteria are used to evaluate each application: originality of the
 approach; effectiveness in addressing important problems; value of services to
 clients; and the potential for replication in other jurisdictions.
     Fifteen finalists will be named from the pool of semifinalists in
 September.  The National Selection Committee on Innovations in American
 Government, chaired by David R. Gergen, editor-at-large, U.S. News & World
 Report, will select five winning programs after a full day of presentations on
 October 17, 2001 in Washington, DC.  Winners will be announced the following
 day, and each will receive a $100,000 Award.  The remaining 10 finalists will
 each receive $20,000.
     Celebrating its 15th anniversary, Innovations in American Government is an
 awards program of the Institute for Government Innovation at the John F.
 Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.  The program is
 administered in partnership with the Council for Excellence in Government, and
 is funded by the Ford Foundation.
     The list of semifinalists, including a description of the program and
 local contact information, is available on the web at
 http://www.innovations.harvard.edu/2001semi.html .
 
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