Salute to Local Government Awards
Nomination Form Deadline for nominations is September 3, 2021.
We are again accepting nominations for our 29th 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, advancement of racial equity, intergovernmental cooperation, and private-public cooperation. In addition, our Norman N. Gill award, Jean B. Tyler Leader of the Future, and Pandemic Hero award recognize individual excellence.
We have made a couple of changes to our awards categories this year. The new racial equity category recognizes the important role local governments and school districts play in that important societal objective. We have also retained a special award category for individual performance in response to issues and challenges created by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Eligibility for all awards generally is for projects implemented and individual performance between the date of our last Salute nomination deadline (September 2020) and the present, The exception is the Pandemic Hero award, which is for outstanding individual performance dating back to any time since the onset of the pandemic in March 2020.
Click on a category below to view details and submit a nomination.
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.
Effort to advance racial equity
Awarded to a government, school district, or governmental unit that has developed and successfully implemented a programmatic, service, or policy change designed to advance racial equity.
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.
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.
Pandemic Hero Award
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 increase vaccination rates or a school district employee who developed an effective strategy for accommodating students who lacked internet access to online learning curricula.