Baton Rouge, New Orleans area Business Honors for Aug. 8, 2021

By Advocate Staff

Source: The Advocate

August 8, 2021

The Governmental Research Association honored the Bureau of Governmental Research with two research awards and also recognized the career achievements of BGR’s retired President and CEO Janet Howard, who led the organization from 2001-15.

The Frederick P. Gruenberg Award was presented to Howard for her career contributions to governmental research, improvements to government, effective communications to the public and officials and support of the Governmental Research Association and mentoring its younger members. During her tenure, the association said, BGR’s research informed key decisions, from avoiding a problematic privatization of Sewerage and Water Board operations before Hurricane Katrina to several key government reforms as the city recovered from the disaster.

BGR received the Best COVID-19 Response Award in local government for its collection of work to hold local government entities accountable for their fiscal stewardship during the pandemic by analyzing complex financial issues and providing guidance to policymakers and the public in a timely fashion.

BGR also received the Most Distinguished Research Award in local government for its 2020 report “Learning Curve: A Guide to Navigating School Funding in New Orleans’ Unified District” as a guide for policymakers, charter school administrators and board members, education advocates, parents and other members of the public.

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