The La Follette School of Public Affairs is seeking nominations for the 2016 Lloyd D. Gladfelter Award for Government Innovation.
The award is given to a non-elected municipal, county, state, or federal employee or a group of individuals who through their careers or through a specific innovation have helped solve a problem for Wisconsin residents and improved public service in the state.
"We are looking for an individual or team who has come up with an innovation or had a career of exceptional service that improved public service in the state," said La Follette School Director Susan Yackee. "The Gladfelter Award honors the creative ideas and money-saving efficiencies people expect from government at all levels."
In 2015, a total of $7,000 was awarded to following Gladfelter recipients:
- Tammy Conforti for the Kenosha Dream Playground Project, a grassroots initiative to build an inclusive accessible playground for people of all abilities
- Jared Knowles, a Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction researcher, for developing the Dropout Early Warning System to identify students at risk of dropping out of school
- Sarah Turner and a team from Barron County for the Teen Driving Summit, an effort to reduce driving distractions like texting
- Diane Rondini Harness and a team from the Wisconsin State Public Defenders Office for the Student Expulsion and Prevention Project, a program that provides legal advocacy for children facing expulsion
Nominations, including self-nominations, are due Thursday, August 18, 2016.
Finalists will be contacted for additional documentation, and awards will be announced later this year.