The Auburn School District Transportation Department's "Partnership Approach to Safe Routes to School" program in Auburn, Washington has been declared a Top 50 Program of the 2008 Innovations in American Government Awards competition, administered by the Ash Institute for Democratic Governance and Innovation at Harvard Kennedy School.
Selected from a pool of nearly 1,000 applicants, the "Partnership Approach to Safe Routes to School" program represents the best in government innovation and will be competing for a $100,000 award.
On June 12, 2008, finalist programs will make presentations on their initiatives before the National Selection Committee, chaired by David Gergen. The event is free and open to the public. The winners of the 2008 Innovations in American Government Awards will be announced and honored at an awards gala and reception in September of 2008.