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NLC chooses 12 innovation award winners.

Twelve local programs were chosen as winners of NLC's 1992 City Innovation competition, which focused on "Improving Service Delivery Through Community Collaboration." Four of the communities earned awards of excellence.

Judges for the 1992 local government innovation awards competition convened on Monday September 21st and selected the twelve winning programs from eighty applications which had been submitted for the competition.

The cities of Denton, Tex.; Mesquite, Tex.; Omaha, Neb.; and, Phoenix, Ariz. won Awards of Excellence.

The Innovation awards will be presented during the Resources and Relations Plenary session of the Congress of Cities Conference and Exposition to be held on Monday, November 30 in New Orleans Louisiana.

Denton, Tex.

Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) COPS is a collaborative effort between citizens and police to develop law enforcement goals that address specific neighborhood crime problems. The successful power sharing between the police and citizenry in all aspects of community policing makes this program a model for other cities.

Mesquite, Tex.

Youth Services Steering Committee Mesquite addressed its growing problem of youth violence by forming a Steering Committee through the collaborative efforts of young people, community leaders, and city officials. The Committee has implemented a variety of programs and has been highly receptive to input by the young people of Mesquite.

Omaha, Neb.

Omaha Job Clearinghouse The Omaha Job Clearinghouse links the resources of the business community, secondary schools, and the social service sector to provide a job network for area students. The Clearinghouse offers students counseling, mentoring, internship opportunities, and other career assistance.

Phoenix, Ariz.

Neighborhood Fight Back Program This program's systematic efforts to improve its urban neighborhoods involve a variety of tailor-made projects. Many of these are easily transferable to other community problems.

In addition to the awards of excellence, the judges selected the following projects to receive award of distinction:

Dallas, Texas for its Dallas Children's Advocacy Center which focuses on providing services to abused children.

El Paso, Texas for its Replacement Housing Program which assists low-income homeowners living in deteriorated housing.

Salem, Oregon for the Challenge of the Homeless project which seeks to identify ways to provide affordable housing opportunities. The award winning projects will be featured in the Nation's Cities Weekly publication which will be distributed at the Congress of Cities.

The third category of awards given by the judges are Awards of Merit. Abilene, Texas' program which establishes a methodology for establishing joint ventures; Baton Rouge, Louisiana's coalition established to address children's problems; Oklahoma City's program to address the problem of arson by children; Phoenix, Arizona's development of a rafting trip for persons with disabilities; and, Wilson, North Carolina's affordable housing program.

Allyn Finegold is an intern in NLC's Municipal Reference Service.
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Title Annotation:National League of Cities
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Publication:Nation's Cities Weekly
Date:Oct 12, 1992
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