Municipal Innovation Award information

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The Kenneth E. Pickard Municipal Innovation Award is sponsored each year by the Massachusetts Municipal Association to recognize municipalities that have developed unique and creative projects and programs to increase the effectiveness of local government. It is named in honor of the late Kenneth E. Pickard, who was the first executive secretary of the Massachusetts League of Cities and Towns, from 1969 to 1973.

Any city or town that is a member of the MMA is eligible to apply.
What is an “innovative” project or program?
Any project or program that has been successfully implemented in your municipality and that may serve as a model for other communities could be considered innovative. Innovations should address a problem common to municipalities in Massachusetts in a new and different way. Innovative programs can be instituted in any area of local government.

Past Innovation Award winners

How to enter
• Download and fill out the Innovation Award Summary Sheet (33K Word), which includes:
Project Title
Name of official completing form, with title, address, and phone number
Date of program/project inception
Description of project
Who is involved (individuals and groups)
Goals (and if they have been achieved)
Cost and funding structure (if applicable)

• Have the community’s chief municipal official sign the nomination form (28K Word)

• Include any additional materials that would assist the judges in understanding the project or program. Feel free to send photos, brochures, maps, newspaper articles, videos, etc.

Entries MUST include a summary sheet and signed nomination form. Entries may be submitted by email or U.S. mail.
Deadline: Sept. 15.

Two copies of all information must be submitted.

Send entries to:
Innovation Award Program
Massachusetts Municipal Association
One Winthrop Square
Boston, MA 02110

The MMA sets the criteria. Some of the standards are: 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 MMA staff, have a strong background and interest in municipal issues. They may be former municipal officials, consultants, or professors.

What does winning this award offer municipalities?
This award allows a municipality to recognize an innovative program or project that has been established successfully in a community. It gives the municipality a chance to praise the hard work of employees or citizens who have implemented the program or project. This allows the municipality to share with other communities unique ideas to solving problems or establishing programs. The winning municipalities will be recognized through a local press release, articles in MMA publications, postings on the MMA website, and an overview at the MMA Annual Meeting & Trade Show. At the Annual Meeting, a booth is set aside to recognize the winners and display award-winning materials for others to view, concluding with a presentation of a plaque at the Awards Ceremony.

The awards are presented each year at the MMA Annual Meeting & Trade Show.

For more information, please call the MMA.