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Library’s increMental-U Recognized as 2017 Harvard Ash Center Bright Idea in Government
increMental-U is the lifelong learning initiative of the Mandel Public Library
West Palm Beach, FL – January 18, 2017 – The Mandel Public Library’s lifelong learning initiative --  “increMental-U: small steps, big results” -- received a new award today from The Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University. IncreMental-U has previously won the Association for Continuing Higher Education South (ACHE South) 2016 Distinguished Program Award for an outstanding non-credit initiative and the 2016 Honorable Mention City Livability Award at the U.S. Conference of Mayors 84th Annual Meeting in Indianapolis, IN.
 
The Ash Center today recognized increMental-U as part of the 2017 Bright Ideas in Government initiative. The increMental-U program is recognized alongside several programs from all levels of government — school districts, county, city, state, federal agencies, and tribal nations, as well as public-private partnerships — that represent new possibilities in government work to improve services, solve problems, and work on behalf of citizens.

increMental-U is the lifelong learning initiative of the Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach.  Started in January 2015, this program series energizes the City by offering creative and inspiring classes, lectures, and workshops to keep citizens active and mentally fit. The library provides programs and materials free of charge to expand comfort zones, sharpen minds, and strengthen a sense of community.

“These programs demonstrate that there are no prerequisites for doing the good work of governing” said Stephen Goldsmith, director of the Innovations in American Government Program at the Ash Center, “small towns and massive cities, huge federal agencies and local school districts, large budgets or no budgets at all — what makes government work best is the drive to do better, and this group proves that drive can be found anywhere.”

The Bright Ideas program, an initiative of the broader Innovations in American Government Awards program, is in its 5th year. For consideration as a Bright Idea, programs must currently be in operation or in the process of launching, have sufficient operational resources, and must be administered by one or more governmental entities; nonprofit, private sector, and union initiatives are eligible if operating in partnership with a governmental organization.

Please visit the Government Innovators Network (Click here) for the full list of Bright Ideas programs, and for more information regarding the Innovations in American Government Awards.

For more information about increMental-U or other library programs, please call 561-868-7701 or visit the library website (Click here).