The 2014 deadline was April 16.

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Theme: “Leveraging Technology to Transform the Public Sector”
2014 Better Government Competition Guidelines: Leveraging Technology to Transform the Public Sector

2014 Better Government Competition Guidelines: Leveraging Technology to Transform the Public Sector

Each year the Better Government Competition focuses on one of the country’s biggest challenges. The 2014 competition seeks technological solutions to create greater efficiency, transparency, cost-effectiveness, and higher quality service in the public sector. The Institute seeks creative ideas and approaches utilizing technology, information systems, and telecommunications to make government more affordable, accessible, efficient, and less susceptible to fraud, waste, and abuse. Importantly, we seek ideas that are protective of individual rights.

2013 Compendium of Winning Entries – Better Government Competition

2013 Compendium of Winning Entries – Better Government Competition

These nine great ideas to help create and grow jobs were selected by a distinguished panel of judges commissioned by Pioneer Institute, a Boston-based think tank. The winner received $10,000, and the runners up each received $1,000.

Manufacturing Revitalization

Manufacturing Revitalization

2013 WINNER: In traditional job training programs, the unemployed get training and hope they can find jobs that match their acquired skills up to 3, 6, or 9 months from now. Learn why on-the-job training may be the better option.

Evaluating State Incentives for Business

Evaluating State Incentives for Business

2013 Runner Up: Massachusetts spends over $2.2 billion per year on jobs incentives such as film tax credits, but not all serve their purpose. Discover a three-part assessment system to help state agencies determine whether to introduce a new incentive.

Reinventing the Local Economy Through Sustainable Urban Redevelopment

Reinventing the Local Economy Through Sustainable Urban Redevelopment

2013 Runner Up: Over 15 years ago, North Charleston, S.C. experienced the closure of its major naval base. Today, the city has exciting new plans to revitalize its local economy and culture.

Promoting High-Impact Startups to Create a More Robust Economy

Promoting High-Impact Startups to Create a More Robust Economy

2013 Runner Up: MassChallenge is the largest accelerator program and startup competition in the world. This post explores the program's growing impact on job creation and state revenue generation.

Freeing Entrepreneurs from Overreaching Government Regulations

Freeing Entrepreneurs from Overreaching Government Regulations

2013 Runner Up: Municipal regulations are hindering entrepreneurial growth in several major cities. A reduction in regulations has the potential to expand employment opportunities throughout regional industries, from taxicabs to home-based businesses.

Steve Forbes Delivers Keynote at 2013 Better Government Competition Awards Dinner

Steve Forbes Delivers Keynote at 2013 Better Government Competition Awards Dinner

Steve Forbes, Chairman and Editor-in-Chief of Forbes Media and Editor-in-Chief of Forbes magazine, will deliver the keynote address at Pioneer Institute’s 2013 Better Government Competition Awards ceremony on September 30th, from 6-9 pm, in Boston.

A Step-By-Step Solution to Massachusetts’ Persistent Jobs Crisis

A Step-By-Step Solution to Massachusetts’ Persistent Jobs Crisis

2013 Special Recognition Awardee: A proposal to eliminate two significant legal barriers to job growth in Massachusetts: the independent contractor law and the tax on business inventories.

CropCircle Kitchen, Inc.

CropCircle Kitchen, Inc.

2013 Special Recognition Awardee: A program encouraging aspiring culinary entrepreneurs by providing access to kitchen and culinary equipment, training and development aid.

Step-Up Achieve

Step-Up Achieve

2013 Special Recognition Awardee: A public-private partnership providing workplace experience to low-income and minority youth.

Job Creation on a Budget: How Regional Industry Clusters Can Spur Job Growth, Entrepreneurship, & Innovation

Job Creation on a Budget: How Regional Industry Clusters Can Spur Job Growth, Entrepreneurship, & Innovation

2013 Special Recognition Awardee: Learn how states can support regional industry or innovation clusters, to reignite innovation, entrepreneurship, and job creation in their metropolitan and rural areas, and get back on the road to prosperity.

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Pioneer Institute’s 2013 Better Government Competition Awards

Steve Forbes Delivered Keynote Address on September 30, 2013