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City of Shakopee earns Local Government Innovation Awards

Post Date:10/29/2019 3:00 pm

SHAKOPEE, MINN. – The Local Government Innovation Awards announced Tuesday, Oct. 29 that the City of Shakopee won two awards for its innovative work in local government.

Shakopee was recognized as part of two of the four awards given to cities. The city and the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community were recognized in the city and Native nations categories for their collaborative work on the Shakopee Cultural Corridor. The cultural corridor project is a celebration of the region’s history and Shakopee’s long heritage with the river. By using things like augmented reality, people will be able to experience what the area was like when it was the original Dakota Village to when Shakopee was a major riverport. 

The city was also recognized in the city category alongside the cities of Burnsville, Apple Valley, Farmington and Northfield for its collaborative development of automating the election judge hiring and training process. The process streamlines recruitment, hiring and assignment and management of poll workers for primary and general elections.

The awards recognize projects in five different categories – cities, counties, schools, townships and Native nations – and name one Leading Innovator in each. The City of Shakopee and 16 other local government agencies will be recognized by the Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota at the annual Local Government Innovation Awards Dec. 12.

The awards program is organized in partnership with the Bush Foundation and its Native Nation Building Initiative and co-sponsored by the League of Minnesota Cities, the Association of Minnesota Counties, the Minnesota Association of Townships and the Minnesota School Boards Association. A panel of judges considered the submissions for their creativity, sustainability and collaboration. The Leading Innovators of the five categories will receive a grant from the Bush Foundation to continue their work and a professionally produced video to use for marketing and awareness.

See the Humphrey School of Public Affairs announcement on its website at




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