State Government Innovation Awards 2019 Winners

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2019 SGIA Winners

Department of Administration, Minnesota Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities: Ambassadors for Respect—Anti-Bullying Effort for Fourth Graders

Department of Natural Resources, Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe, and Minnesota Indian Affairs Council: Tribal Cultural Landscapes and Natural Resources Management

Department of Revenue: Sales Tax Rate Map

Department of Transportation, Bridge Office: Bridge Beam End Reconstruction

Department of Administration, Office of Enterprise Sustainability: Solar Possible

Department of Administration and Minnesota Pollution Control Agency: Sustainable Procurement Program Charter

Minnesota Housing: Minnesota Housing’s Phase II EnergyScoreCards

Department of Human Services, Disability Services Division: Employment First Dashboard 

Department of Natural Resources, Parks and Trails Division: Parks and Trails for Everyone – The Minnesota Great Outdoors Website

Department of Natural Resources, Section of Fisheries: Lake Superior Steelhead Genetics Projects

Of the 10 overall winners, the top four will receive a professionally produced video to use to share the story of their work with others. They are:

**Department of Administration, Minnesota Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities: Ambassadors for Respect—Anti-Bullying Effort for Fourth Graders 
Ambassadors for Respect is an anti-bullying program for fourth graders taught by people with developmental disabilities, who have themselves been bullied. Ambassadors for Respect teaches children to address bullying at an early age and to reflect on their own behavior if they are being hurtful toward others. The program includes active learning activities such as shredding derogatory words and slurs in a paper shredder. The fourth graders also commit to carrying out acts of kindness with each other. More than 3,064 students have been reached.  While the students are learning anti-bullying skills, the presenters are learning leadership and presentation skills that in some cases have turned into employment.

 

**Department of Natural Resources, Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe, and Minnesota Indian Affairs Council: Tribal Cultural Landscapes and Natural Resources Management 
In 2018, the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) asked the Minnesota Indian Affairs Council (MIAC) how to improve the recognition, understanding, and protection of Minnesota’s Tribal Nations’ cultural places and practices. DNR partnered with MIAC, the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe, the University of Minnesota Sustainable Forests Education Cooperative, and the State Historic Preservation Office to create a recurring annual workshop called Tribal Cultural Landscapes and Natural Resources Management. Over the last two years 60 state, county, federal, tribal, industry, and private natural resources managers and educators have attended the workshop. The workshop serves the tribal communities, land managers, the historic preservation community, and the people of Minnesota by enabling better-informed and more responsible natural resources management.

**Department of Revenue: Sales Tax Rate Map 
The Department of Revenue’s Sales Tax Rate Map is an interactive tool that helps customers find the state and local general sales and use tax rate for any location in Minnesota. Rates can be found by entering an address into a search box or clicking on the map. The web-based map was designed for all revenue customers, including approximately 5.5 million consumers who buy goods or services and 200,000 sellers that sell goods or services in Minnesota. In the first six months after release, the Sales Tax Rate Map was viewed almost 40,000 times, with users completing more than 80,000 searches.

**Department of Transportation, Bridge Office: Bridge Beam End Reconstruction 
During a 2013 bridge repair project, it became obvious that deterioration at some beam locations was well beyond traditionally accepted repair scenarios. It then became necessary to design a solution that could be implemented quickly in the field, with readily available materials. The designed repair was installed and monitored to ensure its performance. After three years, the bridge was replaced due to other issues at the site. The repaired beams were salvaged and tested alongside beams of the same design that did not have condition issues. The testing revealed that the beam repairs exceeded the strength of the good condition beams. These results gave MnDOT confidence that this repair design is a valid approach to extend the life of bridge beams in poor condition and avoid the cost of replacing them. A single beam replacement means additional traffic interruption and costs at least 30 times the cost of the repair.

 

The awards ceremony and reception is August 8, at 4 p.m. at the Minnesota History Center. The event is free and open to the public, but registration is required