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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.

Submission Categories
Technology Innovation: Citizens

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.

Technology Innovation: Leadership

This category recognizes district leaders who have led innovative tech initiatives. The nomination should highlight vision, leadership and the use of information technology.

Technology Innovation: Operations

This category recognizes districts that have utilized tech to improve internal operations with employees – for example reengineering business processes, enhancing security measures, et al.

2022 Ideas Worth Sharing
  • To improve communication and share information between two separate but related agencies, the New York Power Authority (NYPA) worked with the New York State (NYS) Canal Corp. to launch a digital community of practice (CoP), a virtual communication hub for people with a common interest in the state’s canal system.
  • 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.
Special Districts
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Technology Innovation Award: District of the Year - San Joaquin Regional Transit District
The San Joaquin Regional Transit District (RTD) – which provides bus service to the city of Stockton, Calif., and surrounding communities -- is the Special District Program’s 2021 District of the Year. RTD embraces innovation and experimentation as part of a holistic strategy to meet the changing needs of the community it serves. Even during the uncertainty of the past 18 months, RTD has continued to focus on innovation by reimagining its operations for a new hybrid workforce, launching sustainable fuel technologies for its fleet, and undertaking a first-of-its-type Next-Generation Study to better understand current and future transportation needs in its community.
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