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Governor's Better Government Awards

CI MedalIn partnership with the Governor's Office, the Department of Administration convenes the Better Government Awards each year. These awards recognize significant individual and organizational achievements from across Minnesota government.

All state agencies and boards are invited to participate by nominating projects from individuals and/or teams that have increased the efficiency, quality, and value of State government services, using continuous improvement tools or other related methods. Nominations for the awards open each fall, with the awards typically being presented the following January.

2017 Awards

The nomination period for the 2017 Governor's Awards is now open. Get your nominations in as soon as possible – deadline is 5 p.m. central time on November 17th!

The nomination form and instructions are located here

2016 Awards

The winners of the 2016 Governor's Awards have been announced! There was a record number of 63 submitted nominations from 17 different agencies, with five agencies submitting nominations for the first time! As stated by Lt. Governor Smith, The 2016 Better Government Award winners are helping make government work better for people, while saving time and money. We are committed to building on this progress and creating a culture of continuous improvement across state government.

For the complete list of this year’s nominations click here.

Congratulations to the four winning state agency teams, listed in the 2016 Winners tab below.

Award Recipients

Past recipients of the Governor's Awards are listed in the tabs below. Links to photos from past award ceremonies are provided where available.

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