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CLOSUP Public Sector Excellence Database

Note: As of Fall 2012, the Public Sector Excellence database is no longer being actively updated. Please contact CLOSUP staff more more information.


CLOSUP's "Public Sector Excellence" database is intended to help spread knowledge of excellence in public sector service delivery and of innovative solutions to public sector challenges being implemented by a wide variety of organizations including state and local governments, higher education institutions, public school systems, and more. Across the country, numerous annual award programs recognize the best examples of excellence and of innovative programs and projects that address challenges facing communities of all kinds. More..






New York City Center for Economic Opportunity (CEO)
2012 Innovations in American Government Award
Ash Institute for Democratic Governance and Innovation (Harvard Kennedy School)

Summary:

Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg established the New York City Center for Economic Opportunity (CEO) in 2006 to implement a new anti-poverty agenda for the city. CEO’s mission is a unique one within city government: to pilot new anti-poverty initiatives, conduct rigorous evaluation, replicate what works, and conduct research to inform policy.

Posted Apr 17, 2012


The Atlantic County Utilities Authority
2011 NJ Governor's Environmental Excellence Award
State of New Jersey: Department of Environmental Protection

Summary:

Clean Air Category

This award is presented to a nominee demonstrating a commitment to and experience in one or more of the following areas and activities:

Reducing greenhouse gas emissions or equivalents through energy efficiency projects or green power purchases.

Reducing outdoor exposure to toxic air contaminants.

Reducing air deposition loading to land and water.

Posted Feb 27, 2012


Ocean County Boat Pump out Program
2011 NJ Governor's Environmental Excellence Award
State of New Jersey: Department of Environmental Protection

Summary:

Water Resources Category

This award is presented to a nominee demonstrating a positive influence in one or more of the following areas:

Improving surface or ground water quality.

Ensuring sufficient quantities of water through reuse and conservation techniques.

Promotion or development of progressive land use policies and watershed management approaches to improve protection of surface and groundwater sources.

Posted Feb 27, 2012


The Jersey City Green Committee
2011 NJ Governor's Environmental Excellence Award
State of New Jersey: Department of Environmental Protection

Summary:

Healthy & Sustainable Communities Category

This award is presented to a nominee demonstrating a commitment to and experience in one or more of the following activities:

Innovative practices or technologies that have resulted in the private or public sector clean up and redevelopment of contaminated/brownfields sites.

Any activity that reduces or eliminates pollution/waste at the source or treats the materials in an environmentally safe manner prior to recycling or disposal.

Creation of community-based initiatives that foster involvement, action and effective solutions to the adverse effects of industrial pollution in communities of color and low-income communities.


Posted Feb 27, 2012


Old North St. Louis Revitalization Initiative
2011 National Award for Smart Growth Achievement
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Summary:

Old North St. Louis Revitalization Initiative

Old North, a historic St. Louis neighborhood, has been transformed over the last several years through a comprehensive, locally driven redevelopment strategy that has turned a largely abandoned area into a flourishing community. Old North now attracts new residents with its various housing options and amenities, including a farmers' market, a neighborhood grocery co-op, outdoor movie presentations, and a history trail.

Posted Feb 27, 2012


Silver Gardens Apartments
2011 National Award for Smart Growth Achievement
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Summary:

Silver Gardens Apartments

Silver Gardens Apartments is a 66-unit affordable housing development located on a reclaimed brownfield site in downtown Albuquerque. Situated across the street from the city's primary transit hub, Silver Gardens is the Southwest's first Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Platinum affordable housing development and the first affordable housing project in the nation to sell carbon offsets.

Posted Feb 27, 2012


Plan El Paso 2010
2011 National Award for Smart Growth Achievement
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Summary:

Plan El Paso 2010

With the help of robust community input, Plan El Paso 2010 created a vision for three environmentally sustainable, transitoriented neighborhoods linked by bus rapid transit and anchored by the redevelopment of a former industrial site. El Paso rezoned the industrial site to make redevelopment easier and plans to use the new zoning around the city.

Posted Feb 27, 2012


Maroney Commons
2011 National Award for Smart Growth Achievement
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Summary:

Maroney Commons

With just over 850 residents, Howard is reimagining what it means to be rural with Maroney Commons. The Commons, built with green building techniques, is a mixed-use complex with a hotel, a conference center, a restaurant, and offices that will help rural residents learn about green jobs and technology.

Posted Feb 27, 2012


Uptown Normal Roundabout
2011 National Award for Smart Growth Achievement
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Summary:

Uptown Normal Roundabout

The Uptown Normal traffic roundabout doesn't just safely manage traffic flow, it also brings together residents in an attractive public space, diverts thousands of gallons of untreated stormwater away from a creek, and contributes to the town's economic development. The roundabout serves as a central civic space for Normal, which had previously lacked a true town center.

Posted Feb 27, 2012


Regional Housing Services Office
2012 Kenneth E. Pickard Municipal Innovation Award
Massachusetts Municipal Association

Summary:

In February of last year, the boards of selectmen of six towns, with the support of the Department of Housing and Community Development, signed an agreement establishing Sudbury as the site of a regional housing services office.

Posted Feb 27, 2012


Project Sunshine
2012 Kenneth E. Pickard Municipal Innovation Award
Massachusetts Municipal Association

Summary:

Two weeks before school let out last June, the Department of Housing and Community Development arranged for more than 100 homeless families to be housed in motels on Route 1 in Danvers.

The timing posed a challenge for local officials: What would the dozens of school-age kids do during the long, hot days of summer?

If you can picture little kids playing in the parking lots along Route 1, that’s what we had,” Town Manager Wayne Marquis recalled.



Posted Feb 27, 2012


Comb and Carriage District Revitalization
2012 Kenneth E. Pickard Municipal Innovation Award
Massachusetts Municipal Association

Summary:

A long-running effort to revive the historic “Comb and Carriage District” in Leominster is nearing completion, thanks in part to the city’s deployment of state and federal grants.



Posted Feb 27, 2012


Comprehensive Citizen Engagement Program
2011 Program Excellence Award: Leadership & Governance (Less than 10,000)
International City/County Management Association

Summary:

The Windsor Heights city council and city staff wanted to find a systematic and comprehensive effort to improve communications with citizens, educate them about the background of the city’s problems, engage them in finding solutions, and inspire them to be involved.

Posted Nov 17, 2011


Changing the Public (and Internal) Perspective of Local Governme
2011 Program Excellence Award: Leadership & Governance (10,000 - 49,999)
International City/County Management Association

Summary:

In 2001, the city of Montgomery began its journey toward higher performance, focusing on retooling the traditional government employee from delivering simply “technical” expertise to also possessing leadership, management, and team skills, and on developing a broader ownership for the success of the entire organization.

Posted Nov 17, 2011


Local Stimulus Program
2011 Program Excellence Award: Leadership & Governance (50,000 and Greater)
International City/County Management Association

Summary:

County commissioners decided to stimulate the local economy—primarily within the construction industry—by earmarking funds for “shovel-ready” capital projects.

Posted Nov 17, 2011


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