2007 - 2014 Award Winners


City Category Winner: City of St. Paul

Right Track Youth Career Development Pipeline


County Category Winner: Cook County

Septic Regulation Implementation


School Category Winner: Red Wing Public Schools

Every Hand Joined


Township Category Winner: Oronoco Township

Kings Park Sewer Project



City Category Winner: City of Madelia

Restoring the Land 


County Category Winner: County Carlton County Public Health and Human Services

TXT4LIFE: Suicide Prevention


School Category Winner: Monroe Elementary, Brooklyn Park





City Category Winner: The City of Saint Paul
The City of Saint Paul began the Saint Paul Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Academy, which encourages minority, low-income, and at-risk youth in St. Paul to think of careers in the healthcare field by offering Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) training.


County Category Winner: Dakota County Community Services
Dakota County Community Services created the Jail Re-Entry Program Return on Taxpayer Investment Model to decrease recidivism by supporting current inmates in better preparing them to re-enter the community.


School Category Winner: Mounds View Public Schools
Irondale High School of Mounds View Public Schools implemented the Early College program, which offered average achieving students the opportunity to earn a free two-year associates degree while still in high school.

LGIA Winners 2010-2011

Cloquet Area Fire District - City of Cloquet; Perch Lake Township; City of Scanlon; Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Collaborative Fire & EMS Provision (SR)
This collaborative provision of Fire and EMS initially came from a study done by ESCI in 2006. Perch Lake Township and the City of Cloquet started with a joint powers agreement for fire and EMS, which led to work at the legislature in 2009 with the Special Taxing District Language effective January 1, 2010. A contract with the sovereign nation of Fond du Lac was signed for fire suppression in 2010 and the City of Scalon in 2011. The Incident Command System now has 58 fire personnel working out of 3 stations, which has saved 250,000 and improved service to all of our citizens.

City of Eagan Eagan 150th Anniversary Food and Fund Drive (SR)    

When the City of Eagan set out to celebrate 150 years since its founding, the Eagan 150th Anniversary Executive Board recognized there were many families struggling to meet their basic needs.  With this in mind, the Executive Board embarked on a remarkable goal of rallying the entire community to serve hungry families by raising food and funds for two local food shelves.

City of Excelsior Parking Impact Fee (SR)    

Excelsior’s downtown has a long tradition of being destination. As the popularity of the community grew and municipal parking approached capacity, City leaders concluded that the City's small tax base could not afford additional parking and that property owners would have to provide their own parking. The City created a parking impact fee ordinance which allows properties to satisfy the parking requirements by paying an annual parking impact fee in lieu of providing parking. The annual fee will be deposited into a fund and used to acquire and develop any future municipal parking space. 

City of Rosemount One Book One Rosemount (SR)  

The Rosemount Community Leaders group wanted to do something in our Rosemount that could bring people together to focus on a common goal of bettering our community. We chose to reinforce a sense of community by collaborating, publicizing and focusing efforts to promote one book title to the residents of Rosemount to promote literacy. We worked to involve community leaders, schools, churches, families and teens by choosing a book that would have intergenerational appeal.

City of Maplewood, City of North Saint Paul Recreation Programming Joint Powers Agreement between Maplewood and North Saint Paul (SR)

The Cities of Maplewood and North St. Paul have collaborated in the area of Parks and Recreation. Specifically, the Cities signed a Joint Powers Agreement for the City of Maplewood to provide recreational programming for North St. Paul including their Community Center and Parks. The collaboration has led to new offerings for North St. Paul and Maplewood residents at a fraction of the existing cost by using the economies of scale that exist between both communities.

Anoka County Emergency Management Anoka County Emergency Management Paid On Call Program (SR)    

The nature of emergency management involves the capability to respond to emergencies and disasters on a typical 24/7/365 days a year response model. The solution is drawn from previous experience as a Paid on Call Firefighter. Essentially by adopting a similar staffing system is used by the majority of fire departments we are able to achieve needed staff enhancements for the department. When the ‘call’ goes outthese paid on call staff come to provide quick and effective support to their department. This system is a first for Minnesota and potentially the country.

Crow Wing County Sanitary Landfill Crow Wing County Landfill Gas Fueled Boiler (SR)    

To take advantage of Landfill Gas (LFG) generation, the County has voluntarily installed an active gas collection and control system for energy recovery and to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. This concept of collecting LFG for benefit through enhanced generation via leachate recirculation is referred to as Recirculation to Energy (RTE). Collected LFG is sent to a heat recovery boiler. The boiler is used to heat both a maintenance shop and a heavy equipment storage building onsite.

Anoka County Human Services Upfront Services to Keep Families Together (SR)    

Anoka County has shifted from a court-centered, no-risk model in addressing child protection issues to a safety model, with impressive results. The county has witnessed a turnaround in recidivism and skyrocketing out-of-home placement costs in just two years. Costs dropped $1,117,000 over two years. The number of children in placement fell 27 percent. Families are better served. Trained staff work with the families, focusing on their strengths and building plans that focus on child safety.

Olmsted County W82GO (SR)

Olmsted County developed the weight loss program,W82GO (pronounced Weight to Go), for adults on the Olmsted County Employees’ Health Plan. The program provides a connection to dieticians, fitness trainers and a nurse care manager. Participants learn what they can do to live healthier and take away knowledge and tools that can be used for life.

TIES, Bloomington School District, Hennepin County Juvenile Court, the Bloomington, Brooklyn Center and Intermediate 287 School Districts Dropout (SR)
Reducing the 35 percent dropout rate in Hennepin County is the central goal of collaboration among Hennepin County Juvenile Court, the Bloomington, Brooklyn Center and Intermediate 287 school districts, and TIES. A new process for school districts to share real-time, online information with juvenile court services about student attendance, academic performance and behavior is increasing student accountability and reducing at-risk behaviors, as well as saving staff time previously spent collecting information that is now available instantly.

Southwest/West Central Service Cooperative Flexible Learning Year-FLY (SR)    

Improving Student Achievement Initiative is a consortium of 25 school districts in southwest Minnesota who collaborate for a flexible learning year. Known as the “FLY”, this consortium has banded together to create an initiative being replicated throughout Minnesota. A collaborative effort like nothing seen before, these districts have agreed on common staff development dates, contributed funds for joint activities, and committed staff time for meetings/workshops—a plan no district could have done on their own.

Southeast Service Cooperative Mobile Science Lab - Connecting Classrooms and Careers (SR) 

The Mobile Science Lab Program is a collaboration of the Southeast Service Cooperative, Mayo Clinic, and Rochester Area Math Science Partnership, with funding from HealthForce MN, Southern MN Initiative Foundation, Workforce Development Inc, Winona State University, AgStar Fund for Rural America, and the MN Agricultural Education Leadership Council. We have deployed two traveling trailers with equipment and supplies to conduct molecular biology and agricultural bioscience experiments in high school classrooms, supporting the training that teachers receive in the Mayo Clinic Educator Academies.

Lakes Country Service Cooperative: ISD #926 Shared Financial Services (SR)    

Building upon a proven 25 year history of providing shared services, our advisory team of school leaders began to examine the possibility of providing financial services with tremendous quality while maintaining value. Beginning in the fall of 2009, LCSC now provides financial management and assistance to several school districts and other non-profit entities. These services range from full scale financial management for three school districts (Perham-Dent, Hawley and Campbell-Tintah) to payroll, grant management, fiscal hosting or a number of other temporary services for our members.

LGIA 2009-2010 Winners

City of Albert Lea Animal Shelter Collaboration (IBC)

The City of Albert Lea and a nonprofit organization, the Freeborn County Humane Society, agreed in 2009 on a thirty-year lease to operate the city’s animal shelter at nominal cost. The Humane Society also received a large donation from an anonymous donor which will allow the expansion of the facility, giving the animals a long-term home.

Cities of Annandale Maple Lake and Howard Lake Annandale-Maple Lake-Howard Lake Wastewater Facility (COL)    

The cities of Annandale, Maple Lake and Howard Lake began planning for a new wastewater treatment facility in 2002. All three communities faced similar problems: existing facilities were outdated, landlocked and incapable of achieving stringent new effluent limits. Bolton & Menk, Inc. collaborated with the cities to determine that it was practical and cost-efficient for the three cities to share a single facility. In addition to the intricacies of designing a system to tie all three municipalities together, Bolton & Menk spearheaded a project management odyssey that wound through the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, a series of spirited community meetings, the Minnesota Court of Appeals, and the Minnesota Supreme Court. The new facility began operation in September 2009.

City of Eagan Eagan Television (E-TV) Partnership with Thomson Reuters Corporation (COL)    

In 2009, the City of Eagan teamed up with Thomson Reuters Corporation to create a public-private television studio partnership, which resulted in the newly formed Eagan Television (E-TV). The partnership solved the dire financial situation of the former community television facility and resulted in a production studio located on the Thomson Reuters campus. The studio is utilized by Thomson for executive communications to its offices around the world and utilized by the City of Eagan for community television needs. The partnership has resulted in over $100,000 in savings that have been allocated to improved community television services. 

City of Minnetonka Development of Opus Overlay District (COL)    

The city of Minnetonka created a unique funding structure based on traffic counts generated by new commercial development to finance a $20 million capital expansion of a state highway interchange into a city business park using multiple public and private resources. The new financing mechanism is based on the concepts that businesses should fairly pay their own costs for public road transportation, while still recognizing that each business has an individual bearing and should not subsidize other businesses, and balancing both the public and private benefit of better roads.

Chisago County, Department of Environmental Services/Zoning Chisago County Unwanted Medications Disposal Program (COL) 

Chisago County recognized the need for a safe and secure method for citizens to dispose of unwanted prescription, over-the-counter, and veterinary drugs.  A partnership was formed between the Chisago County Department of Environmental Services/Zoning, the Sherriff’s Department and the North Branch Police Department to provide drop boxes for drug disposal. These medications are then safely and securely transported to an incinerator, where they are rendered harmless, meeting all federal standards for disposal.

Dodge-Fillmore-Olmsted Community Corrections Crossroads/Odyssey/Journey (COL)    
Crossroads, Odyssey and Journey are stimulant-specific offender substance abuse treatment programs developed in response to the “meth epidemic” in 2003.  It includes multi-disciplinary collaboration among several public, nonprofit and private organizations in the delivery of programming which incorporates all of the 13 “Principles of Drug Abuse Treatment for Criminal Justice Populations” as published by the National Institute on Drug Abuse.  Thus far, several hundred male and female offenders have been served, with some amazing success stories and changed lives. 

Hennepin County Human Service and Public Health Department Hennepin County School Mental Health Program (COL)    

The Hennepin County School Mental Health Program is a broad public-private collaboration committed to improving service delivery in children’s mental health. The School Mental Health Program has focused on several key service delivery components: improved access to services, improved effectiveness of mental health treatments, improved outcomes reporting system, collaborative financing, and development of a long-term sustainability strategy with state-wide implications that braids enhanced health insurance reimbursement with county, state, and school district financial support. 

Dakota County Electronic Certificate of Real Estate Value Project (eCRV) (COL)  

The eCRV (Electronic Certificate of Real Estate Value) project is a collaborative effort between the MN Department of Revenue, Dakota County, Hennepin County and real estate title companies for the development of an electronic version of the CRV form required for property transfers. Dakota County is currently accepting electronic CRVs from all submitters. The primary goals of the project were to eliminate duplicate data entry, reduce processing time, reduce errors, and allow for electronic recording of additional types of real estate documents.

Bloomington Public Schools Budgeting for Success (IBC)  

 Faced with a statewide fiscal crisis, Bloomington Public Schools developed a long-range financial planning process called Budgeting for Success. This year-long process sought staff, parent and community input on how to ensure a sound financial future for the schools. Over 600 ideas were submitted and reviewed by a staff and citizens committee who vetted submissions to determine their feasibility and impact on students, staff, classrooms, the district and community. The process culminated in the creation of a “blueprint” of budget recommendations for the 2009-10 and 2010-11 school years, amounting to a savings of $1.8 million for the 2009-10 school year and $1.2 million in savings earmarked for 2010-11 school year.

South Washington County Schools East Ridge High School / Bielenberg Sports Center (COL)    

South Washington County Schools partnered with the City of Woodbury to provide residents with a facility to promote the health and well-being of the entire community while also providing an educational facility for high school students. Both entities continue partnership efforts through shared use and maintenance agreements that provide equitable distribution of both one-time and on-going expenses that optimize resources and minimize the need to provide duplicated staff and equipment costs. The finished project demonstrates how a governmental partnership can lead to synergies that provide great efficiencies and long-term benefits to the public.

White Bear Lake Area Schools Innovative Partnership between White Bear Lake Area Schools and White Bear Center for the Arts (COL)  

 Before the 2008-09 school year, the White Bear Center for the Arts approached the School District and inquired about a partnership that would give elementary age students an opportunity to receive art lessons taught by a professional artist. Now in its second year, each of the 3,700 White Bear Lake Elementary School K-5 students receives three watercolor lessons throughout the year that are taught by a professional artist. This partnership yields opportunities that would not have been possible or economically feasible for the district without a partnership.

LGIA Winners 2008-2009

City of Roseville Police Department East Metro SWAT (E/CE)

Roseville's Tactical Response Unit (TRU) was established in 1999, and in 2002 began to collaborate with St. Anthony's police department to expand capacity. It soon became clear that in order to respond to all of the high risk situations the unit faced, more partners would have to be brought in. In 2007, New Brighton police and North St. Paul police agreed to join the unit. East Metro SWAT, has greatly benefited the communities it serves through savings gained by sharing costs, increased police capabilities, and a sense of camaraderie among the members of the unit. 

City of Roseville Parks and Recreation Roseville Skating Center's Geothermal Project (E/CE)

When the refrigeration system at the Roseville Skating Center needed replacement, the city undertook the $2.2 million Geothermal Project. The projected replaced the old, environmentally unfriendly Freon system with an energy efficient geothermal system that uses the energy of the earth to heat and cool the building. An estimated $23,400 is saved per year compared to the old system. 

City of St. Michael/Wright County Sheriff’s Department Safe Schools - Diversity Initiative - Community U Knighted (COL)

Safe Schools is a collaborative, multi-jurisdictional approach to addressing complex issues such as drug use and safety in schools. The Methamphetamine Education and Drug Awareness (MEADA) program is an example of a particularly successful incarnation of the Safe Schools program. The Community U Knighted is the newest development in the program, and is working to address new racial tensions in the community through collaboration among various jurisdictions in the area. 

City of St. Louis Park Graffiti Abatement (COL)

By 2007 the city was dealing with a graffiti problem that was bigger than St. Louis Park. The city police department engaged surrounding cities to develop a web-based graffiti database called GraffitiNet. Through this database cities can share graffiti information. The information has also been used to aggregate graffiti cases for the Hennepin County Attorney's Office. The benefit of the shared information has been substantial, and has allowed city officials to address the problem of graffiti by working with other municipalities. 

Carver County The Collection and Composting of Comingled Residential Organics and Yard Waste (COL)

 The Carver County Environmental Services Department initiated an innovative program that allows for the co-collection of food waste, non-recyclable paper, and yard waste. Working with many partners, increased efficiency and lower costs for the collection and processing of organics has been achieved. The project also helped alter the statutory definition of organics, allowing for the duplication of the program throughout the state. 

Clay County Establishment of Red River Regional Dispatch Center (RRRDC) for a Bi-State Metropolitan Area (COL)

Responding to the previously disjointed emergency dispatch system in place in the area, Clay County and the City of Moorhead partnered with Cass County and the cities of Fargo and West Fargo in North Dakota to consolidate dispatch services. This collaboration provides coordinated, effective, and seamless E-911 and emergency communications services to the citizens of the Fargo, ND-Morehead, MN Metropolitan Area. 

Dakota County  Women Infants and Children (WIC) Open Access Process Improvement Project (MPI)

To address the problem of client appointment "no shows" and the backlogging it created, Dakota County WIC implemented a reengineered services model - Open Access Scheduling. The no-show rate was reduced, and access to WIC services was greatly improved. Dakota County has also shared this model with other WIC agencies in the state. 

Ramsey County Attorney’s Office Runaway Intervention Project (COL)

Created in 2006, the Runaway Intervention Project Identifies and addresses the needs of young runaway girls who have experienced, or at serious risk of experiencing, sexual exploitation. This multi-agency effort responded to an alarming increase in the number of runaway girls, especially in the Hmong community. Through this intensive intervention program, the project has decreased the girls' risky behaviors and has reconnected them with their families and schools. 

Olmsted County Rapid Response Family Case Planning Conferences (E/CE)    

The Rapid Response Family Case Planning Conference engages family and community members in a group decision making process to enhance assessment and safety planning at critical agency decision making point. Front-loading family and community involvement in child protective services enhances child safety, well being, and stability of care. Convened within 72 hours of a report of maltreatment, 36 FCPCs were held over the past two years. 

Burnsville-Eagan-Savage Public School District 191 Shared Community Cable TV Studio and Equipment (E/CE)  

District 191 and the City of Burnsville have joined together to save significant funds through a relocation of the local cable TV studio. The project has resulted in increased learning opportunities for students and for residents of the community. 

Hibbing High School Intro to Engineering (COL)

Through discussions with local businesses it became clear that there would be a need for employees with technical engineering degrees now and in the future. This realization led to the creation of an engineering program at Hibbing High School in collaboration with Hibbing Community College. Benefits of the program are beginning to be realized now, and will continue to be realized in the future. 

District 287 Get on the C-Train (COL)

Intermediate District 287, Hennepin County, and the Best Buy Corporation have formed a partnership to address the needs of students who are in danger of not completing high school. District 287 serves students from 13 member districts in their Area Learning Center with programs designed specifically for this population. As a result of the      partnership, new opportunities for career development are possible for these at risk students. 

Lake Superior School District 381 Demolition of Old Two Harbors High School (LSSD 381) (E/CE)    

These three entities worked together to demolish the old Two Harbors High School. Collaborative planning allowed them to work together, saving nearly $500,000 in costs. Materials from the demolition were recycled and reused, creating a valuable resource of roadbed material as a byproduct of the project. Valuable pieces or art and other items of interest were also removed from the building so as not to go to waste. The project was completed in a safe and timely manner. 

LGIA Winners 2007-2008

City of Woodbury Implementing A Fully Integrated Public Safety Department (E/EC)

In 2006 the City of Woodbury began to integrate all of its emergency response agencies (EMS, Police, and Fire Department) in order to improve service for its residents and to improve cost effectiveness of their operation.

City of St. Louis Park University of Park (MPI)

To address the changing demographics of its workplace, the City of St. Louis Park has developed University of Park, a comprehensive training program for new and emerging leaders. The program includes in-house as well as online courses, and is open to employees of other cities outside of St. Louis Park.

City of Farmington Pollution Prevention Day (COL)

A truly collaborative effort, Prevention Day has grown to include over 550 fourth grade students from I.S.D 192. Students participate in activities that reinforce the message that "Kids Can Make a Difference" as they learn about environmental responsibility.

Cities of Aurora, Biwabik, Hoyt Lakes and Mesabi East School District East Range Cable Management (MPI)           

The cities of Aurora, Biwabik, Hoyt Lakes and Mesabi East School District entered into a Management Agreement to operate the Local Access Channel in January of 2007. This has improved service to citizens by involving interested members of the community, high school students, and others. Because of the area-wide coordination and management, the channel has become available in new ways to all citizens.

Cities of St. Michael and Albertville and STMA (District 885) St. Michael-Albertville Family Youth Community Connections (E/CE)

FYCC is a part-Parks, part-Schools collaborative program with innovative pro-child, pro-student, pro-family and pro-education activities with a concentration in serving "at-risk" youth. In 2006-2007 the program served approximately 7,000 kids and 3,500 families. Costs to both St. Michael and Albertville are very low, especially compared to what other comparable cities spend on parks and recreation each year.

City of North Mankato North Mankato Soccer Fields (COL)

The City of North Mankato partnered with Mankato Area Public School District and the Mankato Area Soccer Association to build four new soccer fields on school district property. Bolton and Menk, a local engineering firm, provided the grading plan at a reduced cost. This collaboration of public, nonprofit, and private organizations has responded to the needs of North Mankato residents using their shared resources.

Dakota County Dakota County Criminal Justice Information Integration Network(E/EC)    

Begun in 1999, the Criminal Justice Information Integration Network (CJIIN) is a partnership of Dakota County and its 11 major cities to integrate and share criminal justice information. With new developments in 2005, CJIIN uses cutting edge technology to make timely, relevant, and accurate information available to all levels of law enforcement personnel. 
Yellow Medicine County Community Justice Sentencing (MPI)After beginning a Circle Sentencing Program in 2001, Yellow Medicine County created a 
Restorative Justice Department. The Circle Sentencing program has led to a 0% recidivism rate within one year of completion, as well as other benefits, financial and otherwise, for the community. 

Carver County   Automated External Defibrillator Management Application (COL)

Carver County, in collaboration with local businesses, fire departments, schools, public health staff and paramedics, has utilized GIS technology to improve the management of and information about the location of defibrillators in the county. The new system provides more readily accessible and immediate access to this critical emergency information. 

Olmsted County Online Marriage Application System (E/EC)

Olmsted County IT and Vital Records personnel successfully developed and implemented an online marriage license application for its residence. Not only convenient for applicants, this system is also a more efficient and streamlined way for Vital Records to operate the application process. This program has also been shared, at no cost, with St. Louis and Wright Counties. 

St. Louis County NEMESIS: North East Minnesota Enforcement and Safety Information System (COL)

St. Louis County is the coordinating body of NEMESIS, a group of 43 law enforcement agencies in 6 county areas. NEMESIS provides technology and training for regional public safety agencies and allows them to track and share information regarding people, incidents, and cases through the criminal justice system. The system is strengthening public safety, and also provides a functional model that can be used anywhere, including other policy fields.

Hennepin County and City of Minneapolis  Merger of Minneapolis Public Library and Hennepin County Library (MPI)    

Through thoughtful planning and collaboration among many different individuals and public entities throughout the merger process, the Hennepin County Library system has become one of the 10 largest county library systems in the county, and hopes to become a premier library system combining the strengths of both city and suburban libraries. 

Intermediate District 287 with Bloomington Public Health Efficiency and Cost Effectiveness of Health Services ad District 287's Lincoln Hills Education Centers (MPI)
Faced with a statewide fiscal crisis, Bloomington Public Schools developed a long-range financial planning process called Budgeting for Success. This year-long process sought staff, parent and community input on how to ensure a sound financial future for the schools. Over 600 ideas were submitted and reviewed by a staff and citizens committee who vetted submissions to determine their feasibility and impact on students, staff, classrooms, the district and community. The process culminated in the creation of a “blueprint” of budget recommendations for the 2009-10 and 2010-11 school years, amounting to a savings of $1.8 million for the 2009-10 school year and $1.2 million in savings earmarked for 2010-11 school year.

Milroy P.T.O Fresh Fruit for Students (E/CE)

South Washington County Schools partnered with the City of Woodbury to provide residents with a facility to promote the health and well-being of the entire community while also providing an educational facility for high school students. Both entities continue partnership efforts through shared use and maintenance agreements that provide equitable distribution of both one-time and on-going expenses that optimize resources and minimize the need to provide duplicated staff and equipment costs. The finished project demonstrates how a governmental partnership can lead to synergies that provide great efficiencies and long-term benefits to the public.

TIES and Anoka-Hennepin School District Collaborative Document-Management System (E/CE)

A group of 12 of TIES member districts, the Minnesota Department of Education and the Minnesota Historical Society, along with a project coordinator for the University of Minnesota met to determine if a group purchase of a document management system would be cost efficient for all TIES members. The system implemented, iConnect, provides unlimited document storage, easy and quick access to files, and increased cost and time efficiency. 

Stillwater Area Public Schools Innovative Programs in Education: Career Strategies in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (COL)

Stillwater Area Public Schools collaborated with post-secondary schools, businesses and workforce/economic development professionals to design and implement a 
Robotics Academy and a Precision Manufacturing Career Exploration Program.