Showcase Your State's Success

The Southern Office of The Council of State Governments (CSG) is accepting applications for its 2017 State Transformation in Action Recognition (STAR) award for innovative state government programs and services. To qualify, programs and services must be from the Southern Office’s 15-state region. The deadline for submitting your program for consideration is Friday, May 26, 2017.

For nearly 40 years, CSG has identified and promoted exceptional state government programs. Through the STAR award, the Southern Office affirms that states are the best problem solvers by distinguishing impactful, creative, effective and transferable state government solutions. Innovative program submissions are accepted from a wide array of state agencies, departments and institutions operating within the executive, legislative and judicial governmental branches.

Following an initial review process, five finalists will be invited to present their program to the STAR judges panel — comprising state legislators, legislative staff and policy experts — convening on August 1, 2017, at the 71st Annual Meeting of the Southern Legislative Conference in Biloxi, Mississippi. There, two exceptional programs will be selected as models of efficiency and effectiveness in state governments in the Southern region.

State programs are evaluated and graded by the following criteria:

Impact – How far-reaching are the benefits and solutions of the program?
Creativity – Does the program represent a new and creative approach to solving common problems or issues?
Effectiveness – To what extent is the program successful at addressing an issue, and how efficiently does it operate?
Transferability – From a logistical and fiscal standpoint, could the program or practice easily be transferred to other states?

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