Salute to Local Government Awards
Nomination Form Deadline for nominations is August 31, 2020.
We are again accepting nominations for our 28th annual Salute to Local Government. The Salute is a unique event that highlights and celebrates the value of public sector performance and the benefits that public sector innovation and excellence bring to taxpayers and our community as a whole. We welcome nominations for local governments and school districts across Wisconsin.
The award categories recognize outstanding performance by local governments and school districts in the areas of effective problem-solving, innovative use of data or technology, intergovernmental cooperation, and private-public cooperation. In addition, our Norman N. Gill award and Jean B. Tyler Leader of the Future award recognize individual excellence.
We have also added two new awards categories – one for governments/school districts and the other for individuals – that will recognize outstanding performance in response to issues and challenges created by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Click on a category below to view details and submit a nomination.
Effective response to COVID-19 challenge
Awarded to a government, school district, or governmental unit that implemented an innovative and effective response to a service or fiscal challenge created by the pandemic or its economic or fiscal consequences. Examples might include successful efforts by local governments to address public health ramifications or economic impacts or by school districts to implement distance learning. Efforts to implement workplace changes or other strategies to retain staff and preserve vital services also could be nominated.
Innovative approach to problem-solving
Awarded to a government, school district, or governmental unit that demonstrates use of an innovative solution or management technique to address a fiscal or programmatic challenge and produce budgetary savings and/or programmatic improvements.
Innovative use of data or technology
Awarded to a government, school district, or governmental unit that demonstrates the innovative use of new technology or data collection to improve government performance, decision-making, and/or transparency.
Awarded to a cooperative effort among two or more governments that best demonstrates the benefits of working together toward a common public policy goal.
Awarded to a partnership between one or more public and private sector entities that worked in partnership to achieve a worthwhile public policy goal.
Norman N. Gill Award
To a non-elected official in local government or a school district who demonstrates individual excellence or innovation through everyday administration of services or programs.
Jean B. Tyler Leader of the Future Award
To a non-elected official in local government or a school district (40 years of age or under) who demonstrates individual excellence or innovation through everyday administration of services or programs.
Individual Excellence Under Pressure
Awarded to a non-elected employee of a local government or school district who stood out in his or her work to respond to a pandemic-created challenge by exhibiting superior creativity, leadership, diligence, and/or problem-solving skills and by producing meaningful benefits to citizens and the community at large. Examples might include a public health employee who developed an effective way to track the spread of the virus, a budget office employee who developed an effective strategy to reduce pandemic-induced revenue losses, or a school district employee who developed an effective strategy for accommodating students who lacked internet access to online learning curricula.