Seeking nominations for the Kennedy School’s Innovations in American Government Award

The Innovations in American Government Award administered by the Ash Center at the Harvard Kennedy School is again looking for nominations for innovative government programs, including in the category of community and economic development. The deadline is March 1st.

Winners of the Innovations competition are eligible for awards of up to $100,000 for replication and dissemination. You may apply directly or you can be referred through an adviser to the program, which assures that program staff will follow up with you to make sure you are eligible and that you successfully complete the application.

This year, as in 2010, I am serving in an advisory role and charged to scout out good candidates. If you know a government program that’s eligible (please see this document for guidelines), especially in the economic-development area, please get in touch with me, and I’ll make sure the Ash Center staff get your name and follow up with you.

Public-private partnerships, which are common in my end of the economic-development world, should know that only programs administered under the authority of one or more governmental entities are eligible (federal, state, local, tribal and territorial).

If you apply, good luck!


  • Dr. Lance January 23, 2012, 4:46 pm


    We have a very unique model of technology and economic development. BWEDC connects athletes with technology companies for job creation. The office is located in a Tech Incubator/ Program. The program is funded by the City and the Chamber of Commerce. Athletes bring a certain value to economic development as we have seen in the Magic Johnson model of job creation. We welcome working with you.

  • David Hochman January 23, 2012, 5:00 pm

    Thanks, Dr. Lance. I have replied privately via direct LinkedIn message.

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