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The Humphrey School of Public Affairs is the University of
Minnesota's school of policy and planning.

State and Local Policy Program


Local Government Innovation

Minnesota faces the reality of an aging population, rising health care costs, and an increasing demand for government services with reduced revenue.  Yet many counties, cities, and schools have refused to let the traditional approaches of either increasing taxes or cutting spending exclusively dictate their responses to these challenges. Instead, they are pursuing a third way--innovation and service redesign.

To support local government redesign efforts and recognize the innovative work already underway, the Public and Nonprofit Leadership Center has established the following program and resources:

Local Government Innovation Awards

Currently in its eigth year, the Local Government Innovation Awards (LGIA) program recognizes outstanding cities, counties, and schools in Minnesota that demonstrate results in improving local services. LGIA is led by Humphrey School of Public Affairs in partnership with the Association of Minnesota Counties (AMC), the League of Minnesota Cities (LMC), the Minnesota School Boards Association (MSBA), and Minnesota Association of Townships, Each year, up to 18 local government entities are recognized for their innovative work. To learn more and view previous winners, visit

Learn More: Local Government Innovation & Redesign Guide (updated January 2014)

This comprehensive guide provides an introduction to local government innovation for managers and elected officials in city government. It also serves as a logical framework for innovation and redesign efforts and details real-life examples from cities across the state of Minnesota.

Download the Complete Guide (Updated Jan. 2015)

Contact Public + Nonprofit Leadership Center

Humphrey Center
University of Minnesota
301 19th Ave. S.
Minneapolis, MN 55455


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