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July 28, 2009

At the 96th Annual Conference of the Governmental Research Association (GRA) in Washington, DC the following organizations were awarded GRA research awards:

Outstanding Policy Achievement Category

  • State Level Winner – North Carolina Center for Public Policy Research, “Counting, Preventing and Providing Opportunities for Dropouts in North Carolina”
  • Local Level Winner – Bureau of Governmental Research, “Comprehensive Reform of Land Use Decision Making in New Orleans”

Most Effective Education Category

  • State Level Winner – Utah Foundation, “The 2008 Utah Priorities Project”
  • Local Level Winner – Public Policy Forum, “Milwaukee County’s Transit System: How did we get here and what do we do now?”
  • Regional Level Winner – Public Affairs Research Council of Louisiana, “GulfGov Reports: Study of the Recovery, Role, and Capacity of the States and Localities Damaged by the 2005 Hurricanes”
  • Certificate of Merit – Citizens Research Council of Michigan, “Proposal 2008-02: Human Embryonic Stem Cell Research”
  • Certificate of Merit – Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, “A Research and Public Education Campaign on the Consequences of a Ballot Question to Eliminate the State Income Tax”

Most Distinguished Research Category

  • State Level Winner – North Carolina Center for Public Policy Research, “Reforming Mental Health Reform”
  • Local Level Winner – Economy League of Greater Philadelphia, “The Philadelphia Gas Works: Challenges and Solutions”
  • Regional Level Winner – Citizens Research Council of Michigan, “Approaches to Consolidating Local Government Services”
  • Certificate of Merit – Worcester Regional Research Bureau, “Public Employee Pensions: Is it Time to Retire the System?”
  • Certificate of Merit – Public Affairs Research Council of Louisiana, “Redistricting 2010: Reforming the Process of Distributing Political Power”

The purpose of these awards is to recognize exceptional research on state and local governmental issues performed by staff members of governmental research agencies. Categories of the awards are Most Distinguished Research, Outstanding Policy Achievement, and Most Effective Education.

The Governmental Research Association was established in 1914 and is the national organization of individuals professionally engaged in governmental research. The purpose of the Association is to encourage individuals and organizations to engage in governmental research in the general interest. Governmental research involves the collection, analysis, and distribution of factual information on governmental activities to citizens and officials for the improvement of government and the reduction of its cost. In furtherance of this aim, the Association works to foster the establishment of governmental research agencies, aid and coordinate the activities of governmental research agencies, facilitate the exchange of ideas and experiences among the professional staff of such agencies, and undertake other related activities.

Further information may be obtained by contacting the organizations listed above or GRA at 205.726.2482.