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MML Innovation Awards 

2019 MML Innovation Awards Application

Congratulations to the 2018 MML Innovation Award Winners! 

City of Columbia (Extra Large City, with population more than 30,000 and Member's Choice)
Community Scholars Program

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)
Solar Farm

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)
DARE/PAL Outdoor Character Camp

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)
Armour Road Pop-Up Parklet

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.

Innovation Award


Larger City Category

City of Kansas City

Large City Category

City of Nixa

Medium City Category

City of Fulton

Small City Category

Rockaway Beach
Merriam Woods

Members' Choice

City of Brentwood


Large City Category

City of Blue Springs

Medium City Category

City of Battlefield

Small City Category and Members' Choice

City of Mount Vernon


Large City Category

City of Blue Springs

Honorable Mention

City of Nixa

Medium City Category (tie)

City of Fulton

City of Mexico

Small City Category (tie)

City of La Plata

City of North Kansas City

Members' Choice

City of Bellefontaine Neighbors

The MML Innovation Awards program showcases municipal projects that demonstrate new approaches for solving municipal challenges.

The awards complement the League's goal of serving as a clearinghouse for municipal information. The awards recognize and celebrate successful programs, spotlighting those that could benefit other communities.

2017 Innovation Award Summaries

2016 Innovation Award Summaries

2015 Innovation Award Summaries 

2014 Innovation Award Summaries

2013 Innovation Award Summaries

2012 Innovation Award Summaries


Coming Soon! Updated Innovation Projects Catalog







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