Connecting state and local government leaders
We're rolling out finalists 31 through 40, who are rising stars demonstrating excellence in their work in state and local governments.
We’re now more than halfway through our phased roll-out of the 50 finalists for Route Fifty’s Navigator Awards program and this week, we’ll be announcing the next batch of finalists, who were nominated in the Next Generation category.
Public sector leaders, including those in state and local governments, face two distinct but related challenges when it comes to their workforces: Just as more longtime government employees are retiring, workforce managers have the sometimes difficult task of attracting and retaining new talent who can help replace those who are making their professional exit.
At plenty of government management conferences I’ve been to in recent years, the “M” word—Millennial—has been frequently brought up. State and local governments need to figure out ways to draw younger workers to careers in public service.
The way we look at it, the next generation of state and local government employees isn’t necessarily limited to Millennials. The next generation can include government professionals at different levels of their careers who are providing fresh ideas, enthusiasm, expertise and passion for improving the work of the state and local public sector.
So stay tuned for our next 10 finalists, who will be announced one by one in the coming days.
- Jim Landers and Team, Indiana Legislative Service Agency
- Ed Blayney, Innovation Project Manager, Louisville Metro Government
- Robert Green, City Manager, Auburndale, Fla.
- Nathan Rix, Senior Policy Analyst, Oregon Liquor Control Commission
- Wes Craiglow, Deputy Director for Planning and Development, Conway, Ark.
- Hayley Steele and Helen Stoddard, Love Your Block, City of Phoenix
- Stephanie Scafa and Team, City of Eugene, Ore.
- Andrew McCreery, Finance Director, Mt. Lebanon, Pa.
- Omar Masry, Senior Analyst, City and County of San Francisco
- Mike McKee, Materials Engineer, Idaho Transportation Department, District 6
Here’s who we’ve named as Navigator Award finalists this far in the previous three categories.
- Amy Aussieker, Envision Charlotte
- Derek Eder and Christopher Whitaker, Chicago Hack Night
- Beth Blauer, Center for Government Excellence and What Works Cities
- Timothy Elliott, Richard Paris, Joseph Finn and Russell Osgood, Firefighter Cancer Support Network’s Boston Cancer Prevention Pilot Program
- Team From Code for Miami, Rebekah Monson, Ernie Hsiung and Cristina Solana
- Jason Kemp and Team, Home Base Iowa
- Jennifer Saha and Team, CompTIA
- Shannon Straight, City of Minot, N.D., Alderman and Community Advocate
- Michael Murphy and Team, Sangamon County Citizens’ Efficiency Committee
- Marcy Jaffe, National Rural Transit Assistance Program
- Jonathan Ball, Chief Legislative Fiscal Analyst, Utah State Legislature
- Brian W. Ness, Director, Idaho Transportation Department
- Dale Collins, Supervisor, Fairfax Water Fleet Services
- Team from Results Washington, State of Washington
- Daniel Hoffman, Chief Innovation Officer, Montgomery County, Md.
- Tim Krall, Deputy Director, Ohio Department of Administrative Services
- Jean Ann Lawson, Chief Performance Officer, Kansas City, Mo.
- Kimberly Martin and Team, Dallas Center for Performance Excellence
- Ken Guy and Sandy Hanks, Procurement Reform Efforts in King County, Wash.
- Kim Scott Heinle and Team, SEPTA Customer Service and Advocacy Department
- Lance Hedquist, City Administrator, South Sioux City, Neb.
- Deborah Collins, Deputy County Administrator, Essex County, N.J.
- Cincinnati City Manager Harry Black and Team
- Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and Team
- Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto and Team
- Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton and Lt. Gov. Tina Smith
- Oregon Gov. Kate Brown
- Buffalo Mayor Byron W. Brown and Team
- Joshua Schoemann, Washington County, Wis., Administrator
- Robert Garcia, Mayor of Long Beach, Calif.