BGR Wins National Awards for Research

(August 14, 2018) – The Bureau of Governmental Research (BGR) won two awards from the Governmental Research Association (GRA) at its national conference July 30 to August 1 in Detroit.

BGR received the Outstanding Policy Achievement award for the 2016 report Reducing the Cost of Tomorrow: A Practical Guide to Pension Reform in Jefferson, Orleans and St. Tammany Parishes. The New Orleans City Council used the report in 2017 to craft reforms to the benefit structure of the New Orleans Municipal Employees’ Retirement System (NOMERS) for new hires on or after January 1, 2018.

BGR also earned the award for Most Distinguished Research for its 2017 report Paying for Streets: Options for Funding Road Maintenance in New Orleans. The report catalogues the City of New Orleans’ existing funding sources dedicated to streets and assesses how well these resources align with the City’s needs. It then examines options to increase street funding and makes recommendations to implement a more effective approach to funding street maintenance and repairs.

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