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.

To enter, please email the nomination form signed by your community’s chief municipal official, along with your project summary sheet and any other information or materials to assist the judges in understanding the project to Entries are due by Thursday, Oct. 31.

The following are winners of the MMA’s Pickard Innovation Award:

Brewster hydration stations reduce plastic use
Lynn addresses food insecurity with one-stop hub
Wakefield, Melrose public health partnership expands to Stoneham

Using data analysis, Foxborough limits firefighters’ PFAS exposure
Careful planning, community engagement shape Medfield State Hospital redevelopment
Stockbridge uses GPS mapping, local expertise to save old-growth trees

Andover enhances online and in-person public engagement
Taunton program gives local business a STEP UP
Gardner interactive map updates residents about building projects

Acton gives small businesses a boost
Randolph operationalizes its resiliency with committee, fund
Stoneham sets up command center to address COVID needs

Beverly resolves downtown parking crunch without adding spaces
Andover and its employees team up to tackle unfunded liabilities
Concord uses social media to increase citizen participation

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

Arlington: Property registry addresses commercial vacancies
Harwich: Municipal pet cemetery provides service while raising revenue
Orleans: Project uses shellfish to reduce water nitrogen levels

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

Chatham: Cloud provides access to meeting video archives
Deerfield, Sunderland, Whately: Emergency medical service improves response times
Springfield: After tornado, city promoted tree planting

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

Braintree, Weymouth: Collaboration bears fruit in Landing district
‘HarborWalk’ reveals Gloucester’s riches
Medford broadens its ‘Go Green’ initiative

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

Fairhaven: Anaerobic digestion to offset energy costs
Hamilton-Wenham: Organic waste pick-up program nears goal
Wilmington: Land purchase led to library bookstore

Bedford: Coordination boosts parent-education series
Dedham: Partnership helps alleviate foreclosure pain
Medford: Wind turbine marks progress in sustainability campaign

Dennis: Blog spreads awareness of planning process
Natick shapes strategic planning to fit town government
Worcester moved quickly to confront foreclosure crisis