The Lloyd D. Gladfelter Award for Government Innovation is given to non-elected municipal, county, state, or federal employees who, through their careers or through a specific innovation, have helped solve a problem for Wisconsin residents and improved public service in the state. The award honors the creative ideas and money-saving efficiencies people expect from government at all levels.
Recipients include a state financial officer who helped the state save more than $50 million through new borrowing programs and a city employee who helped his municipality move from manual to automated recycling pickup, saving almost $1.3 million.
Innovation is not limited to efforts that save money. Projects or efforts that address public health needs, educate residents, or solve a civic problem through a collaboration with a non-governmental agency all are good candidates.
The award was established at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1999 by the family of Gladfelter, a 1926 UW-Madison alumnus who spent his career at the Milwaukee Journal as a government reporter. The La Follette School took over administration of the award in 2011. Winners for 2004-2009 are listed on the Department of Political Science website.
- Tammy Conforti for the Kenosha Dream Playground Project
- Jared Knowles for the Dropout Early Warning System
- Sarah Turner and the Barron County Community Coalition for the Teen Driving Summit
- Diane Rondini Harness and the StEPP committee of Matthew Giesfeldt, Richard Jones, Gina Pruski, Eileen Fredericks, Puck Tsai, Catherine Dorl, and Evan Nordgren for the Student Expulsion and Prevention Project
Government innovation winners announced, December 15, 2015, La Follette School News
- Sal Carranza of the University of Wisconsin System and Tom Heffron of the Wisconsin Technical College System
- Emil “Moe” Norby, technical support manager for the Polk County Highway Department; and Bob Germer and John Morris, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
Government innovation winners announced, August 5, 2014, La Follette School News
No awards given in 2013
- Kevin Shafer, executive director of the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District
- Christine Lilek, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources hydrogeologist
- Mark Van Oss, a mechanic in the village of Kimberly
Government innovation awards to be given today, May 7, 2012, La Follette School News