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Municipal Innovation Award

2019 Municipal Innovation Award Winner

Left to right: Quinten Griffiths, President of MuniSight; Greg Robinson, Director of Community Development & Human Resources, Town of Raymond

MuniSight is proud to announce the winner of the 2019 Municipal Innovation Award is the Town of Raymond, for their cutting-edge solar panel project, becoming one of Canada’s first municipalities to achieve a net-zero status.

“The Town of Raymond has found a way to transform the municipal landscape when it comes to climate change, and we are proud to announce them as the winner of the 2019 award,” says Quinten Griffiths, President of MuniSight.

 In 2019, the Town of Raymond became one of Canada’s first municipalities to achieve a net-zero status, saving over $150,000 a year in electricity costs.

Read the Town of Raymond’s story here.

As part of the prize, the Town of Raymond received $2,000 from MuniSight to donate towards a charity of their choice within their jurisdiction.

The purpose of the Municipal Innovation Award is to recognize innovative municipal governments. The Award is granted each year to a municipality who has successfully implemented an innovative project that has made a positive impact in their community. The Municipal Innovation Award would like to thank all who submitted applications!

2019 Finalist

The finalist of the 2019 Award was the City of Brooks, for their ‘Regional Transportation Pilot Project’, aimed to offer a low-cost transportation option to nearby city, Medicine Hat, focusing on health and medical appointments.

MuniSight is the proud sponsor of the Municipal Innovation Award and is dedicated to fostering innovation within municipal governments. To learn more about the award, please visit:

https://www.municipalinnovationaward.com/

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Municipal Innovation Award 2019 – Applications Now Open.

Applications for the 2019 Municipal Innovation Award are now open.  This award recognizes a Municipal Government Administration that has successfully implemented an innovative project which has made a positive impact on their community. For more details, see below.

Project

Applications to the Municipal Innovation Award must pertain directly to an innovative project that has been recently implemented by the Municipality. Specifically, the project must have been:

  • innovative in nature; and

  • fully implemented no longer than 12 months prior to the Application Date.

Eligibility

To apply the municipality must have the following attributes:

  • Canadian municipal government; and

  • Population no greater than 20,000 (as per most recent census).

Prize

The Award is granted each year along with a $2,000 charitable donation from MuniSight to a charity within the winner’s jurisdiction.

Full guidelines for the Municipal Innovation Award can be found here.

Last year’s winner…

In 2014 Tumbler Ridge lost its major industry and faced being shut down by British Columbia. In 2017, they had grown tourism by 700% and had shifted their economic dependence from coal.

Read Tumbler Ridge’s story here.

MuniSight is proud to support innovation in local government and as such is excited to sponsor and administer the Municipal Innovation Award. The winner of this year’s award will be announced at the 2019 Municipal Innovation Forum.

For more information, visit www.municipalinnovationaward.com.

The 2018 Municipal Innovation Award Winner Is…

 Photo courtesy of the District of Tumbler Ridge

MuniSight is proud to announce that the winner of the 2018 Municipal Innovation Award is the District of Tumbler Ridge, for their joint Global Geopark brand project. The District of Tumbler Ridge, traditionally a small mining community in British Columbia, faced a challenging situation when coal operations shut down in 2014. Undeterred, they found a way to diversify their economy using a recent UNESCO Global Geopark designation, entrepreneurial thinking, and some marketing ingenuity. Check out their story below.

“The District of Tumbler Ridge faced some incredible challenges and brought an entrepreneurial mindset to find a solution. We love to celebrate governments who are focused on innovative thinking and we are proud to announce the District of Tumbler Ridge as the winner of the 2018 Municipal Innovation Award,” says Quinten Griffiths, President of MuniSight.

 

In 2014 Tumbler Ridge lost its major industry and faced being shut down by British Columbia. In 2017, they had grown tourism by 700% and had shifted their economic dependence from coal. 

Read Tumbler Ridge’s story here.

As a part of the prize, the District of Tumbler Ridge will receive $2000 from MuniSight to donate towards a charity of their choice within their jurisdiction.

The purpose of the Municipal Innovation Award is to recognize innovative municipal governments. The Award is granted each year to a municipality who has successfully implemented an innovative project that has made a positive impact on their community. The Municipal Innovation Award received strong submissions this year and would like to thank all that participated.

2018 Finalists:

The top 2 finalists for the Municipal Innovation Award this year were the Town of Yarmouth, and the City of Lacombe.

The Town of Yarmouth – “Meal-A-Day for 100 Days”

Many residents of the Town of Yarmouth face food insecurity, and so the town launched an important initiative to address the problem. This project is starting its second iteration, check out this recent news story here.

The City of Lacombe – “Main Street Program”

What started as a water line fix for the City of Lacombe, turned into a full downtown revitalization project with a strong communications strategy and an innovative RFP process, see here for more on this project.

Applications for the 2019 Municipal Innovation Award will open April 1st, 2019.

MuniSight is the proud sponsor of the Municipal Innovation Award and is dedicated to fostering innovation within municipal governments. To learn more about the award, please visit http://www.municipalinnovationaward.com.

Thank you – Municipal Innovation Award applications are now closed

On behalf of the Municipal Innovation Award, MuniSight is pleased to announce that applications for the award are now closed.  We would like to thank all participating municipalities for their applications.

MuniSight is a proud sponsor of the Municipal Innovation Award and is dedicated to fostering innovation within municipal governments. To learn more about the award, please visit http://www.municipalinnovationaward.com.

Winners will be announced on the week of December 1st. Stay tuned!

MuniSight sponsors the Municipal Innovation Award

MuniSight is excited announce sponsorship of the Municipal Innovation Award!

Each year, this award will be given to Municipal Administrations that have successfully implemented an innovative project that has made a positive impact in their community. Candidates for the award are not limited to MuniSight customers, and the award is open to any Canadian Municipality with a population less than 20,000 people. Award winners will also be awarded a $2,000 donation to a charity in their local jurisdiction, on behalf of MuniSight.

After visiting with, and learning from, our customers over the last year, I have become impressed with the work that our client have been doing as small municipal governments. It is for this reason, that MuniSight has decided to sponsor the Municipal Innovation Award. I can see the positive work that Canadian municipalities are doing on a first-hand basis, and I think that it is MuniSight’s responsibility to highlight and celebrate these achievements, in order to foster a community of municipal administrators that support new innovative projects.

Applications for the award will open on MuniSight’s 1-year anniversary – May 1, 2018. As the lead sponsor, MuniSight has committed to support this Award for a minimum of 3 years. Each year 1-3 winners will be announced.

MuniSight hopes that this Award can support and foster continuous innovation in the small/rural municipal community. After all, we are all interested in helping build better municipalities.

Sincerely,

Quinten Griffiths, President

To learn more, please visit:

www.municipalinnovationaward.com