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2016 Salute to Local Government Winners Announced

The City of Milwaukee is the big winner in this year’s Salute to Local Government awards competition, with projects or individuals affiliated with the City taking home four of the seven awards. The winners were announced today – the full list and descriptions can be found here.

The Salute is the Forum’s annual event that recognizes outstanding performance by governments, school districts, and individual local government officials. It reflects our strong belief in “good government” as a principle that must be defined and celebrated, and our insistence that the public needs to hear about public sector leaders who are excelling in their craft and providing excellent value for taxpayers.

This year, we recognize a leader of the future who used her position as top aid to Milwaukee’s Common Council President to effectuate far-reaching policy initiatives; the head of the City’s redevelopment authority, who has used innovative financing techniques and strong people skills to spearhead several of the City’s redevelopment success stories; and impressive Milwaukee projects to renovate playgrounds and restore foreclosed properties.

Outside of Milwaukee, we honor a retiring school superintendent from Waukesha County who has left a legacy of high student achievement and sound finances; an exceptional intergovernmental partnership that merged the library systems in Waukesha and Jefferson counties; an inspiring public-private partnership in Franklin that created a new playground for children of all ages and abilities; and a range of activities by Milwaukee County’s Child Support Services department that have yielded improved results for children and families.

A common theme among each of this year’s individual and project winners is collaboration. Good government typically is characterized by a willingness to put aside turf and work collaboratively to produce results that transcend narrow constituencies or geographic borders. It’s exciting to be able to celebrate these examples as models for others to follow.

The 24th annual Salute to Local Government awards breakfast will be held on Tuesday, June 21, at 7:30 AM at the Italian Conference Center in Milwaukee. Click here for details and to sign up.

Rob Henken