National Innovation Showcase.
Recognizing & showcasing innovations and best practices from around the country.
The Districts Awards Program recognizes and shares bright ideas across transit, transportation, libraries, fire districts, parks and recreation, airports, ports and more! Submissions will be featured online and in our monthly Districts Newsletter. Submit now! At the end of the year, we’ll recognize the top 10 submissions as our 2022 Innovation Award Winners (submit by August 5th) and announce our top award winner as the District of the Year.
This category recognizes districts that have utilized tech to improve service delivery to citizens – for example, making physical services available online, deploying new citizen engagement solutions, enhancing user experience, et al.
This category recognizes district leaders who have led innovative tech initiatives. The nomination should highlight vision, leadership and the use of information technology.
This category recognizes districts that have utilized tech to improve internal operations with employees – for example reengineering business processes, enhancing security measures, et al.
The Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District (Midpen) — which manages more than 65,000 acres of public land in the San Francisco Bay Area — launched a suite of interactive mapping applications to make its redistricting process more transparent to residents.
The Detroit Water and Sewerage Department, which serves nearly 700,000 people in the city of Detroit, upgraded its customer portal to enable city residents to conduct all water department business online.
Laketran, the regional public transportation system in Lake County, Ohio, serves more than 750,000 riders annually. Newly installed fast charging systems keep the system’s electric buses moving without the need to return to base for traditional overnight charging.
The Albemarle County Service Authority (ACSA) provides drinking water to nearly 20,000 customers and sewer service to more than 16,000 customers near Charlottesville, Virginia. A new computerized maintenance management system (CMMS) gives ACSA a centralized, integrated hub for maintaining 350 miles of water mains and nearly 300 miles of sewer mains.
The Emerald Coast Utilities Authority — a water, wastewater and sanitation services provider in Pensacola, Florida — recently created a security analyst position and launched a cybersecurity management program designed to increase cybersecurity awareness among employees, enhance systems and implement new protection mechanisms.