Navigator Award Finalist: Omar Masry, Senior Analyst, City and County of San Francisco

Taking "the road to implementing new and innovative solutions" in the City by the Bay.

Navigator Award Finalists: Stephanie Scafa and Team, City of Eugene, Ore.

The Love Food Not Waste program is gaining traction and serves as a good model for how to build community partnerships to help divert unnecessary food waste from landfills.

Navigator Award Finalist: Wes Craiglow, Deputy Director for Planning and Development, Conway, Ark.

Making the case for city planners to think more like farmers and encourage development that will be the most beneficial to a municipal budget.

Navigator Award Finalist: Nathan Rix, Oregon Liquor Control Commission, Senior Policy Analyst

Building the regulatory framework for legalized recreational marijuana sales in Oregon was no easy feat, but it’s something that other states can learn from.

Navigator Award Finalist: Robert Green, City Manager, Auburndale, Fla.

This municipal leader has a solid track record of fostering the next generation of local government managers.

Navigator Award Finalist: Ed Blayney, Innovation Project Manager, Louisville Metro Government

Crowdsourcing data on internet connectivity may seem like an odd municipal exercise, but it’s proven to be a valuable tool in Louisville.

Navigator Award Finalists: Jim Landers and Team, Indiana Legislative Service Agency

Leading the way to evaluate the costs and benefits of economic development tax credits.

Navigator Awards Finalists: Next Generation Category

We're rolling out finalists 31 through 40, who are rising stars demonstrating excellence in their work in state and local governments.

Navigator Award Finalist: Long Beach, Calif., Mayor Robert Garcia

It takes an effective leader to champion the great ideas driving innovation in government so they can be adapted locally and implemented to improve public services.

Navigator Award Finalist: Joshua Schoemann, Washington County, Wis., Administrator

Before diving head-first into a local government’s budget season, it’s important to establish priorities first.

Navigator Award Finalists: Buffalo Mayor Byron W. Brown and Team

Using municipal data to expand a blight-fighting program that strengthen communities and improves city services.

Navigator Award Finalist: Oregon Gov. Kate Brown

Oregon is implementing a phased and geographic-tiered approach to raise the state’s minimum wage, an approach that’s earned high praise for the governor, who championed the idea.

Navigator Award Finalists: Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton and Lt. Gov. Tina Smith

There’s a need to expand access to free pre-kindergarten programs in Minnesota. And while an earlier Dayton administration proposal to do that in a big way didn’t gain traction, the North Star State took an important step in the right direction.

Navigator Award Finalists: Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto and Team

In Pennsylvania's second-largest city, a growing tech sector is driving the wheels of innovation. But so is city hall.

Navigator Award Finalists: Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and Team

Getting the nation’s second-largest city better prepared for its next seismic disaster.

Navigator Award Finalists: Cincinnati City Manager Harry Black and Team

Among all the impressive work being done at Cincinnati City Hall to improve services, there’s a great fix-it app, too.