The Alliance for Innovation Announces 2019 Innovation Award Winners

Honorees Recognized at national Transforming Local Government Conference in Reno, NV

ARTICLE | Apr 23, 2019

Phoenix, Arizona: The Alliance for Innovation is honored to announce the winners of the 2019 Transforming Local Government conference Innovation Awards.  This year’s winners were chosen from over 60 nominations from across North America and represent the leading innovations in local government this last year that are demonstrating positive community and organizational impact, quantum leaps in creativity, and tangible results toward building thriving communities.   

The two top awards presented were:

The J. Robert Havlick Award for Innovation in Local Government was conceptualized by The Innovation Groups’ (now the Alliance for Innovation) Board of Directors to honor Bob Havlick, founder of IG who retired in 2003.

The 2019 winner of the J. Robert Havlick 2019 Award for Innovation in Local Government is the City and County of Durham, NC for their Innovate Durham program, which formed a regional partnership program that allows startups and staff to collaboratively test new technology.

The Thomas H. Muehlenbeck Award for Excellence in Local Government Award was established in honor of Muehlenbeck, who served as the City Manager of Plano, TX for over 20 years and was The Innovation Groups Board of Directors’ Chair for 10 years.

The 2019 winner of the Thomas H. Muehlenbeck 2019 Award for Excellence in Local Government is  Washoe County, NV their Electronic Record Certification with Blockchain Technology initiative, which showcased how this innovative technology has vast potential to impact the way all departments in government relay information in a more efficient and secure manner.   

Additional recognition was awarded to the following organizations for Outstanding Achievement in Local Government Innovation:

The Alliance presents these prestigious awards to members each year to further encourage innovation and recognize excellence and transformation in local government. Nominations for the 2020 Awards will open in late Summer 2019. Sign up for Alliance emails on our website and visit our website to watch for information about award nomination information.

About the Alliance

The Alliance for Innovation is a movement focused on transforming local governments. Rather than accepting average performance from local government, we believe the duty of those devoted to public service is to be nothing less than great. Member organizations are real-time, open-source labs for the development of best practices in local government. Together, we form a collaborative network of local governments, working together to learn and grow to better serve our communities.

To find out more about the Alliance for Innovation, visit, email us at or call 888.496.0944.

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