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The city of Rosemount has submitted two entries in a contest, run by the Humphrey Institute at the University of Minnesota. Part of the judging will depend on support shown through online votes for the projects.

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According to the website the Hubert H. Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota has partnered with the Association of MN Counties, the League of Minnesota Cities and the MN School Boards Association for the 5th annual Local Government Innovation Awards.

Rosemount submitted two projects for consideration. The first project is the Community Leaders initiative, which was started to bring together people sharing youth-centered goals to work towards creating a better Rosemount. The group is made up of representatives from local municipal and county governments, schools, the Southwest Area YMCA, Beyond the Yellow Ribbon Committee, 360 Communities, Rosemount Area Athletic Association, and several churches.

The second Rosemount project is the One Book One Rosemount promotion, which tried to promote community through reading in October. Organizers involved community leaders, schools, churches, families, and teens by choosing a book that had intergenerational appeal.

Voting is underway online at http://www.incommons.org/LocalGovernmentInnovation.

According to the awards website, this year's awards focus on service redesign. Up to 18 awards will be given out -- 6 to cities, 6 to counties and 6 to schools.

The Rosemount listings are on the second page of entries that includes the name of Rosemount Parks and Recreation Director Dan Schultz.

Participants must click the "Join" or "Log in" link in the upper right area of the page to cast votes. Voting will continue through Sunday, February 20.

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