2021 Innovation in Governance Awards

Dear Mayor:

The New Jersey Department of Community Affairs and the New Jersey League of Municipalities will again acknowledge and promote Innovation in Governance through our annual recognition program. This is an excellent opportunity to showcase innovative solutions to any problems that have cropped up–either suddenly or over time in your municipality. It can also be an opportunity to let your peers in on innovations that prevented problems from even arising.

This can be a tremendous benefit to your colleagues all around the State who are facing, or will face, similar challenges. It gives you the chance to congratulate your public professionals and employees for a job well done. And it can help to demonstrate to your constituents the appreciation that other local officials throughout New Jersey have for your creativity and leadership.

This year, the Innovation in Governance Awards Committee is looking for any original approaches in public administration undertaken by a Garden State municipality during the past and forthcoming 16 months, from the beginning of June 1, 2020 to September 30, 2021. Any innovation in any department or program will be considered for recognition.

This program was established to highlight exemplary local government activities that exhibit creative and practical approaches to local problems and concerns. We will share the winning entries with municipal leaders at the 106th Annual League of Municipalities Conference Mayors’ Luncheon on Wednesday, November 17, 2021, at the Sheraton in Atlantic City, and in the January issue of the League’s magazine, New Jersey Municipalities.

This year’s judges will be: League Past Presidents Paul Matacera; Plainsboro Mayor Peter Cantu; and, Jacquelyn Suarez, Director of the Division of Local Government Services, and NJLM Executive Director, Michael Cerra.

The application can be accessed by clicking on either of the links below:

The nomination deadline for this program is Friday, October 1, 2021. Accordingly, we encourage you to forward this information to the appropriate people in your municipality today, giving them ample time to meet this deadline.

If you have any questions on the Innovation in Governance Award program, contact Ciara Bradley at 609-695-3481, x128, or cbradley@njlm.org.

Very truly yours,


Sheila Y. Oliver, Commissioner
Department of Community Affairs

Janice Kovach, NJLM President
Mayor, Clinton