Magazine article Nation's Cities Weekly

Creative Government Programs Honored for Innovation

Magazine article Nation's Cities Weekly

Creative Government Programs Honored for Innovation

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Indianapolis, Louiskine, New York and San Antonio were among 15 jurisdictions and governmental agencies recognized for their creative approaches to addressing a broad spectrum of public needs in the 1995 Innovations in American Government Awards, program.

Vice President Albert Gore presented $100,000 checks to the winners at a ceremony in Washington, D.C. last Thursday.

Sponsored by the Ford Foundation and administered by the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, and formerly known as the Innovations in State and Local Government program, the competition was opened to federal applicants this year.

Indianapolis' Competition and Costing Program encourages municipal labor unions to compete with the private sector for contracts. The result has been increased productivity and savings, wich are being reinvested in public safety and a major infrastructure improvement project.

The Louisville CityWork initiative trains teams of front-line employees to analyze problems and recommend solutions to the mayor or relevant agency head, resulting in improved day-to-day operations.

The New York Police Department's Civil Enforcement Initiative pairs attorneys and precinct commanders to help beat officers target minor but persistent crimes that lower the quality of life in city neighborhoods.

Project QUEST trains low-income San Antonio residents for skilled, high-wage jobs through an alliance of community, corporate and educational organizations.

Boulder County, Colo.; Hillsborough County, Fla.; Caddo Parish School District, Shreveport, La.; the states of Massachusetts and New York; the U.S. Air Force, Defense Logistics Agency; Department of the Interior; Immigration and Naturalization Service; Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation and Occupational Safety and Health Administration round out the winners.

"The demands on American government-at all levels - have never been greater," said Ford Foundation President Franklin A. …

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