OKLAHOMA CITY (JR) -- The Oklahoma Energy Resources Board (OERB) has been named a semifinalist in the 1998 Innovations in American Government awards program.
The program, sponsored by the Ford Foundation and the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, recognizes programs and policies that represent original and effective government initiatives.
OERB is one of 100 semifinalists, chosen from a pool of more than 1,400 applicants from across the nation. The 100 semifinalists will be pared down to 25 this summer. The top 10 programs will each receive $100,000. The remaining 15 finalists will each receive $20,000. 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. Since the Innovations program began in 1985, the Ford Foundation has made grants totaling $13.3 million to 115 winners and 90 finalists. OERB was created in 1993, after a group of Oklahoma oil men approached the state Legislature with the idea. …