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Public Employees Honored For Innovation

City Of Cincinnati, Seasongood Foundation Honor Public Employees For Innovation In Community, Environment, Technology

City Announces Winners Of 2012 Seasongood Innovation Awards

A nature-in-your-neighborhood program for at-risk youth, a stream restoration project, and a mapping application for emergency personnel all took top honors at the City of Cincinnati's Innovation Awards Ceremony held Tuesday evening at Theodore M. Berry International Friendship Park.

Sponsored by the Seasongood Good Government Foundation, the Innovation Awards recognize City employees who strive to bring new ideas and offer services that solve challenges and reflect our commitment to positively impact the way visitors and citizens live, work and play in the city of Cincinnati.

The Nature Next Door by Cincinnati Parks won first place in the Community Connections category. Nature Next Door, which started in 1993, served approximately 4,000 children during an eight-week period this summer. The program is focused on low-income, at-risk youth and affords them the opportunity to spend time exploring nature in their own neighborhoods.

In the Eco-Friendly Environment category, the Ault Park Storm Water Diversion project was the first-place winner. The project restored the ephemeral stream using natural materials in order to receive the additional flows provided during rainstorms and snow melt, preventing sewer system overflow. It also takes 11 million gallons of storm water runoff out of the sewer system, saving ratepayers added treatment costs. The new system restores the ecosystem, promotes aquatic life, improves aesthetics of the Valley Trail in Ault Park and serves as a learning environment for park-goers.

RAVEN911, winner of the first-place prize for Tomorrow's Technology Today, is a mapping tool that enables users from a host of emergency response disciplines -- including Fire, EMS, Hazardous Materials, Law Enforcement, Public Health, Hospitals, Public Works, Local, State and Federal Governments, emergency management, communications 911, and volunteer agencies like the Red Cross -- to better prepare for, respond to and recover from natural or manmade emergencies. RAVEN911 has been used for monitoring incidents such as the Casino collapse, the F3 tornados in Clermont and Kenton Counties, as well as hazardous material and river incidents.

"These awards highlight our public servants’ commitment to continually set the bar higher," City Manager Milton Dohoney Jr. said. "The citizens of Cincinnati are also winners tonight, because they enjoy a stronger city as a result of the hard work of these employees."

The other winners in the three categories:

COMMUNITY CONNECTIONS

  • Second Place: Student Intern Academy  (Metropolitan Sewer District)
  • Third  Place: Driving Program (Cincinnati Police Department)

ECO-FRIENDLY ENVIRONMENT

  • Second Place: Enhanced Recycling (Office of Environmental Quality, Law Department, Public Services Department, Enterprise Technology Solutions)
  • Third Place: Solar Power Purchase Agreement (Office of Environmental Quality, Law Department)

TOMORROW'S TECHNOLOGY TODAY

  • Second Place: CAGIS Firebird (Enterprise Technology Solutions, Greater Cincinnati Water Works)
  • Third Place: eCLEAR Mobile (Enterprise Technology Solutions)