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November 3, 2016
Trenton, NJ

2016 Innovation in Governance Award Program

The New Jersey Department of Community Affairs and the New Jersey League of Municipalities continue to recognize Innovation in Governance through their annual awards program. The awards are presented as part of the Mayors Lunch and Executive Briefing Wednesday November 16th during the League of Municipalities Annual Conference in Atlantic City.

This award program was established to highlight exemplary local government programs that provide innovative and practical approaches to solving municipal problems and concerns. At the same time, we share these innovative approaches with municipal leaders throughout the state at the Annual New Jersey League of Municipalities Conference, and through the National League of Cities “Best Practices” database.

The 2016 judges were: League Past Presidents Paul Matacera and Plainsboro Mayor Peter Cantu; Division of Local Government Services Director Timothy Cunningham; and League of Municipalities Executive Director Michael Darcy.

The program invited applications describing any type of innovation undertaken by municipalities in the past 18 months. And the participants responded with a range of submissions that underscore the variety of challenges municipalities solve.

The 2016 Honorees are:

From the City of East Orange: 9-Step Approach to VAP (PDF)

From the Borough of Highland Park: HP Gives a Hoot Initiative (PDF)

The 2016 Honorable Mentions are:

From the City of Somers Point -
Live in Somers Point Marketing Campaign to Attract Homeowners

From the City of Summit:
Summit re: Vision-Master Plan Re-Examination Program
Shark Diddy TV and Lifejacket Awareness Campaign to Promote Pool Safety Awareness

From Williamstown/Monroe Township (Gloucester):
Brand and Logo Development and Website to Promote Williamstown

Questions may be directed to Michael J. Darcy, CAE, Executive Director at 609-695-3481 extension 116