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HREI Wins Local Government Innovation Award

posted Dec 26, 2018, 8:39 AM by Gethsemane Lutheran Church   [ updated Dec 26, 2018, 8:44 AM ]
[Pictured: Members of the Hopkins Race and Equity Initiative Leadership Team. 
L-R: Julia Ross, JCPP Officer, Pr. John Nelson, Dr. Stanley Brown, School Equity Coordinator, Steve Adams, School Board member; Pastor Sarah Moat; Katie Williams, Community Ed Director; Kersten Elverum, City of Hopkins; Dr. Rhoda Mhiripiri-Reed, Hopkins Schools Superintendent; Officer Erik Husevold, Hopkins Police; Molly Cummings, Hopkins Mayor; Hopkins Police Chief Brent Johnson; Mike Mornson, Hopkins City Manager; Jason Gadd, City Council member]

The Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota named 19 projects as recipients of its 12th annual Local Government Innovation Awards (LGIA).

From streamlined dispatch of emergency responders and childcare licensing services, to breakthrough conversations about race and county-tribal collaborations, local governments in Minnesota are finding creative ways to deliver services to their residents with greater impact and at lower cost. 

The awards program is organized in partnership with the Bush Foundation and its Native Nation Building Initiative; and co-sponsored by the League of Minnesota Cities, the Association of Minnesota Counties, the Minnesota Association of Townships and the Minnesota School Boards Association.

In the Public School Category: Hopkins Public Schools, City of Hopkins, and Gethsemane Church — won with their Hopkins Race and Equity Initiative.

The Hopkins Race and Equity Initiative is a collaborative effort creating opportunities to increase awareness and understanding of race, equity, and diversity while promoting a sense of community that welcomes and values all residents. The initiative, which was formed in 2015, has offered five community conversations on race and equity topics to address and unravel social constructs specifically designed to promote and exclude particular racial groups.


The four Leading Innovators for 2018 will receive a grant from the Bush Foundation to continue their work, and a professionally produced video to use for marketing and awareness. The winners in the city, county, and school categories will receive a $5,000 grant. The Local Government and Native Nations Collaboration Award winner will receive a $10,000 grant.

“This year, like every other, we’re struck by the innovation that’s happening in Minnesota. It’s always evolving, which is inspiring for the judges to see,” says Jay Kiedrowski, senior fellow at the Humphrey School’s Public and Nonprofit Leadership Center and LGIA program lead. “The exciting part is sharing all of this innovation with the broader community in hopes that they see opportunities in these innovative models to apply to their own communities.”


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