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MML Innovation Awards
Congratulations to the 2018 MML Innovation Award Winners!
City of Columbia (Extra Large City, with population more than 30,000 and Member's Choice)
The Community Scholars Program provides at-risk students and their families with needed support and is centered on the fundamental premise that it takes a whole community to raise a child. At-risk ninth-grade students participated in a summer school class that included job-shadowing opportunities with City staff in order to jump start Missouri’s A+ Scholarship Program. Students had the opportunity to earn one unit of high school credit and up to 12 hours of job shadowing that counted towards the 50 hours of unpaid tutoring or mentoring for the A+ scholarship. The City’s Career Awareness Related Experience (CARE) program assisted the teachers by providing job readiness skills training and an opportunity to apply for a CARE summer job in 2018.
City of Nixa (Large City, with population 15,000 -30,000)
Missouri’s largest solar farm was developed west of the city of Nixa, providing about 9 percent of the current annual electric demand. The 25-year purchase power agreement will save the City $2.5 million dollars, while reducing the carbon footprint by more than 10,500 metric tons per year. Positive press coverage bolstered the City’s reputation as a progressive community capable of working in public/private partnerships to develop large projects with tangible benefits for the community.
City of Willard (Medium, with population 5,000 – 15,000)
Beginning in 2012, the Willard Police Department, the Police Athletic League (PAL) program and volunteers envisioned using overgrown and unutilized city property to provide a place where youth could interact with police officers beyond their participation in the schools D.A.R.E. program. By accomplishing this outcome, an excellent outdoor environment for youth to be strengthened in the areas of responsibility, honor, self-control and discernment has been realized. Today, youth can center on these competencies with police instructors while learning boxing, tactical jiu-jitsu and camping through the City’s new DARE/PAL Outdoor Character Camp.
City of North Kansas City (Small category, with populations less than 5,000)
The Armour Road Pop-Up Parklet was a one-day demonstration project that included the installation of decorative crosswalks, a temporary park in three downtown parking spaces, and a temporary bike lane. This was a way to demonstrate the recommendations of the Armour Road Complete Street Plan, engage the community and build support for future street improvements. The pop-up event was successful in engaging with many more community members than a typical public meeting, including many who had not previously attended a public meeting. The event also garnered an extremely high level of media interest that is not typical for a public meeting.
Coming Soon! Updated Innovation Projects Catalog