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November 15, 2017
Trenton, NJ

2017 Innovation in Governance Award Program

The New Jersey Department of Community Affairs and the New Jersey League of Municipalities continue to recognize Innovation in Governance through their annual awards program. The awards are presented as part of the Mayors Lunch and Executive Briefing Wednesday, November 15th, during the League of Municipalities Annual Conference in Atlantic City.

This award program was established to highlight exemplary local government programs that provide innovative and practical approaches to solving municipal problems and concerns. At the same time, we share these innovative approaches with municipal leaders throughout the state at the Annual New Jersey League of Municipalities Conference, and through the National League of Cities “Best Practices” database.

The 2017 judges were:  League Past Presidents Paul Matacera and Plainsboro Mayor Peter Cantu;
Division of Local Government Services Director Timothy Cunningham; and,
League of Municipalities Executive Director, Michael Darcy, CAE.

The program invited applications describing any type of innovation undertaken by municipalities in the past 16 months. The participants responded with a range of submissions that underscore the variety of challenges municipalities solve.

The 2017 Honorees are:           

From the Village of Ridgewood: Outsourcing the Management of Crossing Guard Services (PDF)

From the City of Summit: Ridesharing Technology as a Parking Solution (PDF)

The 2017 Honorable Mentions are:

From the Township of Bloomfield:  Open Public Records Portal (PDF)

From the Borough of Freehold: New Jersey’s First Participatory Budget Project (PDF)

From the Borough of Highland Park: Arts in Highland (PDF)

Questions may be directed to Executive Director, Michael J. Darcy, at 609-695-3481, ext. 116.

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