Innovation Awards

An innovation is “the creative idea become realized"

City of Tacoma

Applications Are Now Being Accepted for 2019 J. Robert Havlick and Thomas H. Muehlenbeck Awards!

The J. Robert Havlick Award for Innovation in Local Government was conceptualized by The Innovation Groups’ (now the Alliance for Innovation) Board of Directors 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. In addition, 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 Board of Directors’ Chair for 10 years. 

Awards will also be given for outstanding achievements in local government innovation.

*To apply for an Innovation Award please complete the application HERE and return by February 1, 2019 to learning@transformgov.org. For more information please contact Brandi Allen at ballen@transformgov.org.

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 concerns.
  • 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.

The Selection Process:

Only Alliance for Innovation members are eligible to apply for an innovation award.  The Award Selection Committee, made up of Alliance for Innovation Board of Directors, Academic representatives, Chief Innovation Officers and Alliance for Innovation members will review the applications and select the winners.

The Notification Process: 

All award applicants will be notified of the Committee’s decision via email by the end of February 2019. Those receiving awards will be announced and recognized throughout the 2019 Transforming Local Government Conference (Reno, NV April 9-12, 2019). The Muehlenbeck and Havlick Award winners will receive one free registration to the conference.

The Application Process:

To apply for an Innovation Award please complete the application HERE and return by February 1, 2019 to learning@transformgov.org. For more information please contact Brandi Allen at ballen@transformgov.org.

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