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On April 5, 2001, the Ford Foundation announced that it had given a $50 million grant to Harvard University to establish and permanently endow the Institute for Government Innovation. The Institute will house the Innovations in American Government Program, one of the nation's premier public-sector awards programs, and will serve as the hub for a global network of individuals dedicated to excellence in government: innovators, students, policy analysts, and journalists.

The announcement took place at the historic Decatur House in Washington, D.C.

Joseph Nye Jr. (L), dean of the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard, confers with Susan Berresford, president of the Ford Foundation, prior to the announcement. The Institute will be a part of the Kennedy School of Government.
Paul Duke, master of ceremonies and senior commentator for public broadcasting and public radio, beginning the program and talking about the historical importance and national significance of the Innovations in American Government Program.
Susan Berresford announcing the grant and highlighting some of her favorite award-winning programs from the 15-year history of the Innovations competition.
Parris Glendening (R), Governor of the State of Maryland, talking to Tommy Thompson, Secretary of Health and Human Services and former governor of Wisconsin.
Dean Nye accepts the grant and explains how the Institute will further advance the goals of the Kennedy School of Government. By offering concrete evidence of the creativity and successes of government, the Institute will inspire others to enter public service.
Governor Glendening and Secretary Thompson share a laugh.
Secretary Thompson talks about his experiences with the Innovations Program. As governor of Wisconsin, Secretary Thompson accepted an Innovations award in 1999 for the Wisconsin Works program, which was the prime model for the national welfare reform initiative.
Governor Glendening listening to the Secretary's remarks.
Governor Glendening discussing Maryland's 2000 Innovations award-winning program, Smart Growth. The Smart Growth initiative is the nation's first statewide, incentive-based, comprehensive effort to discourage sprawl.
Susan Schwab (L), member of the Innovations National Selection Committee and dean of the University of Maryland School of Public Affairs, talking with Governor Glendening and Patricia McGinnis, president of the Council for Excellence in Government. The Council helps to administer the Innovations Program.
Susan Berresford talking with Hubert Williams, former member of the Innovations National Selection Committee and president of the Police Foundation.
Governor Glendening speaking with Carol Browner, former administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency and senior fellow of the Aspen Institute. As Administrator, Ms. Browner oversaw the Brownfields Economic Redevelopment Initiative, a 2000 Innovations award winner.
Mark Abramson (L), long-time Innovations evaluator and executive director of the PWC Endowment for the Business of Government, talking with Gail Christopher, executive director of the Institute for Government Innovation.
Dean Nye listens to the Honorable Jane Harman, member of the House of Representatives from California's 36th district.
Susan Berresford shares a moment with Leon Loeb, a graduate of the Kennedy School of Government.
William Clinger, member of the Innovations National Selection Committee and former member of the House of Representatives from Pennsylvania's 5th district, awaits the afternoon panel discussion.
Patricia McGinnis introducing Alan Altshuler, professor at Harvard University and faculty chair of the Institute for Government Innovation.
Alan Altshuler introducing the members of the panel discussion.
Rhoda Kadalie, director of the Impumeleo Innovations Award Programme, talks about her experiences with the Ford-sponsored awards program in South Africa.
The other panelists listen to Ms. Kadalie's remarks.
Peter Spink, professor at the Getulio Vargas Foundation's School of Administration in Brazil and director of the Ford-sponsored Public Management and Citizenship Program, highlighting the successes of his program in Brazil.
The lunch crowd listening to Mr. Spink.
Andrew Lee, executive director for programs at the Harvard Project on American Indian Economic Development at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, talking about his favorite award-winning programs from the Honoring Nations competition, which is also sponsored by the Ford Foundation.
Gail Christopher thanking the Ford Foundation for its generosity and highlighting the Institute's mission of serving as the facilitator of programs around the world that are designed to recognize and promote innovative solutions to public problems.
The panelists listening to Gail Christopher, in response to a question from the audience, describe how the private sector can become involved in public-sector innovation.
Paul Duke and Alan Altshuler responding to one of the many moments of good cheer.

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