Any city or town that is a member of the MMA may apply for the MMA’s Kenneth Pickard Municipal Innovation Award, which is presented each year at the MMA Annual Meeting to recognize municipalities that have developed unique and creative projects and programs to increase the effectiveness of local government.
Innovation Awards give municipalities an opportunity to recognize the hard work of employees and citizens who have implemented innovative programs or projects, and to share unique ideas for solving problems or delivering services with other communities. Winning programs are featured in MMA publications and website, as well during the MMA Annual Meeting. The award is named in honor of the late Kenneth Pickard, who was the first executive secretary of the Massachusetts League of Cities and Towns, from 1969 to 1973.
What’s an innovative program? Any new and successful approach to a municipal challenge or service that could serve as a model for other communities. Eligible programs can be found in any area of local government. Judging criteria include: project originality or novelty; adaptability to other communities; cost effectiveness; efficiency or productivity; addressing a common community issue; and consumer/community satisfaction. The judges, selected by the MMA, have a strong background and interest in municipal issues. They may be former municipal officials, consultants or professors.
How to enter
• Download and fill out the Innovation Award Application and Nomination Form (13K Word)
• Have the community’s chief municipal official sign the Innovation Award Nomination Form
• Include any additional materials that would help the judges understand the project or program (such as photos, brochures, maps, newspaper articles, videos, etc.) Entries should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. Entries must include the summary sheet and signed nomination form. The entry deadline for the 2021 award was Oct. 2.
The following are winners of the MMA’s Pickard Innovation Award:
Brewster, Chatham, Harwich and Orleans: first-of-its-kind state watershed permit for bay
Foxborough: Regional Hauler Day consolidates inspections for septage haulers
Taunton: Rent rebate program fills downtown vacancies
Leominster: Creating an autism-friendly city and community
Salem: ‘Park Your Butts’ retools to improve cigarette waste recycling
Adams: Board unites artists, local government to spur creative economy
Scituate: Standard procedures, templates streamline emergency news dissemination
Danvers: Incentive program reduces peak electricity use and costs
Everett: City-run center offers low-cost exercise classes and equipment
Leverett: Town builds high-speed fiber optic Internet network
Arlington: ‘Visual Budget’ illuminates how taxes are spent
Bedford, Billerica, Burlington, Chelmsford, Lowell: Communities collaborate on economic development
Melrose: ‘Our City’ exercise helped sharpen civic goals
Bedford, Concord, Lexington, Lincoln, Sudbury, Weston: Towns formed coalition to monitor affordable housing
Danvers: Summer program created for homeless kids
Leominster: Effort to revive historic district nears fruition