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Honoring Great Ideas in State and Local Government


Last year, Government Executive’s sister publication Route Fifty, which focuses on state and local government, debuted the Navigator Awards to identify and highlight ideas and innovations that are being put into practice across the country.

The Route Fifty team carefully evaluated a pool of team and individual entries, choosing 50 finalists, and then 10 winners. They were honored at a special event in Pittsburgh in November 2016.

Route Fifty is bringing the Navigator Awards program back in 2017 and is actively seeking a new crop of great individuals and teams to honor in the following categories:

  • State and Local Executive Leadership
  • IT and Data Innovators
  • Agency and Department Leadership
  • The Next Generation
  • Government Allies and Cross-Sector Partners

Winners will be chosen on the basis of demonstrated ability to turn a great idea for improving public sector services at the state, county or municipal level into reality.

As Route Fifty Executive Editor Michael Grass notes, the program focuses “not just on good ideas in state and local governments, but how those ideas have been implemented and the impacts they’ve had.”

After finalists are identified, 10 winners will be announced in a ceremony in Charlotte, North Carolina, during the National League of Cities’ annual City Summit.

Update 6/14/17 11:31 a.m.: The nomination period has been extended to June 20. 

Click here to learn more about the Navigator Awards

Click here to submit an entry

Tom Shoop is vice president and editor in chief at Government Executive Media Group, where he oversees both print and online editorial operations. He started as associate editor of Government Executive magazine in 1989; launched the company’s flagship website, GovExec.com, in 1996; and was named editor in chief in 2007.

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