Executive Director David Adkins notes in his message to state officials on the CSG website, “Challenging times present many opportunities for innovation. The current economic crisis is no exception. The Council of State Governments was founded during the Great Depression and for more than 75 years, CSG has worked hard to provide state leaders with what they need to succeed in difficult times.”
“Information, Insight, Innovation” is the theme of the upcoming CSG National Leadership Conference in May, 2012.
The Council of State Governments presents Innovation Awards to highlight creative and effective programs which improve state government operations. Today, many other organizations recognize innovative federal, state, and local programs, and the Internet makes it easy to share that information. Here are four examples.
Federal - Ed.gov, U.S. Department of Education, Office of Innovation and Improvement
State - Pure Michigan - Entrepreneurs and Innovators
Local - National League of Cities
Academic/Other - Brookings-Rockefeller Project on State and Metropolitan Innovation
Government officials and the public can access similar efforts through this CSG Capitol Ideas / Innovation / Best Practices – Portal.