July 27, 2010
At the 96th Annual Conference of the Governmental Research Association (GRA) in New York, NY the following organizations were awarded GRA research awards:
Outstanding Policy Achievement Category
- State Level Winner – Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, “Spearheading Sweeping Reforms of the State’s Transportation System”
- Local Level Winner – Center for Governmental Research, “A New Governance Model for Seneca Falls, NY – Strategic Alternatives for the Village and Town & the Village Dissolution Plan”
- Certificate of Merit – North Carolina Center for Public Policy Research, “The Future of Community Colleges in North Carolina”
Most Effective Education Category
- State Level Winner – North Carolina Center for Public Policy Research, “The Art of Aging: Our Elders, Our State”
- Local Level Winner – Public Policy Forum, “Fiscal Assessments of Milwaukee County and City of Milwaukee Governments”
- Certificate of Merit – Bureau of Governmental Research, “In All Fairness: Building a Model Assessment System in New Orleans”
Most Distinguished Research Category
- State Level Winner – The Civic Federation, “A Fiscal Rehabilitation Plan for the State of Illinois”
- Local Level Winner – Citizens Research Council of Michigan, “Reforming the Process for Identifying and Funding Section 29 Mandates on Local Governments”
- Regional Level Winner – Public Policy Forum, “Toward High Quality Early Childhood Education”
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.