On Tuesday, July 23, 2019, at the 106th Annual GRA conference, the Gruenberg award as well as awards for Most Distinguished Research, Most Effective Education, and Outstanding Policy Achievement were presented. The Frederick P. Gruenberg Award is the highest honor that the Governmental Research Association can bestow on individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the field of governmental research during their careers. The purpose of the additional awards is “to recognize exceptional research and educational efforts regarding state and local governmental issues.”

Frederick P. Gruenberg Award

This year Samuel R. Tyler received the Frederick P. Gruenberg Award. According to the Boston Municipal Research Bureau, “In true GRA style, the Sam Tyler era has been marked by Sam’s patient, candid, objective, and cooperative style in advancing wise public policy.”

Most Distinguished Research

Bureau of Governmental Research (New Orleans)
The Lost Penny: An Analysis of the Orleans Parish Hotel Tax Structure

Robert Kinlaw/EducationNC

Most Effective Education

Citizens Research Council of Michigan (Livonia)
Statewide Ballot Analyses 2018 

Certificate of Merit: Utah Foundation (Salt Lake City)
Utah Foundation Quality of Life Survey: Measuring Utahns’ Perceptions of their Communities, Personal Lives

Outstanding Policy Achievement

Bureau of Governmental Research (New Orleans)
Improving a Tax Proposal for Jefferson Parish Public Schools

Tennessee Advisory Commission on Intergovernmental Relations (Nashville)
Refining Tennessee’s Criminal Statutes of Limitations

Certificate of Merit: Public Affairs Research Council of Alabama (Nashville)
Good Neighbor Pledge

This year’s award presentations:

BGR’s contributions to improving a school property tax proposition

Charting a course to cooperation for greater Birmingham

Democratizing policy research through voter education

Refining Tennessee’s criminal statutes of limitations

The lost penny

Quality of life in Utah