Route Fifty’s Navigator Awards Are Back for 2017


Connecting state and local government leaders

We’re starting our search for 50 finalists doing great work in state, county and municipal governments. Submit your nominations!

It's one thing to dream up a great idea. It's another thing to figure out how to implement it successfully.

For Route Fifty’s Navigator Awards last year, we had different options for designing a program to showcase the accomplishments of teams and individuals who work for or with U.S. state, county and municipal governments and agencies. We chose to focus our attention not just on good ideas in state and local governments, but how those ideas have been implemented and the impacts they’ve had.

Out of the pool of team and individual entries sent to Route Fifty, we chose 50 finalists, and from those 50, we selected 10 winners and announced them at a special event in Pittsburgh in November.

Included in that mix of 10 winners were Diane Pappas, the Los Angeles Unified School District’s CEO for strategic planning and digital innovation; Brian W. Ness, the director of the Idaho Transportation Department; Derek Eder and Christopher Whittaker, the lead organizers behind Chi Hack Night in Chicago; and a team led by Cincinnati City Manager Harry Black.

They’re great people doing important work and fostering innovation in their communities.

Route Fifty is bringing the Navigator Awards program back in 2017 and we’re starting the search for a new crop of great individuals and teams to honor in the following categories: State and Local Executive Leadership; IT and Data Innovators; Agency and Department Leadership; the Next Generation; and Government Allies and Cross-Sector Partners.

The format and structure of the awards program will be similar to last year’s inaugural run, with some enhancements, which includes upcoming events in Salt Lake City and Sacramento to showcase the great ideas and implementers who are driving innovation in state and local government.

Visit our Navigator Awards portal for complete details on submission criteria and deadlines.

— Michael Grass
Executive Editor, Route Fifty
Government Executive Media Group