The National Governors Association (NGA) Public Private Partnership Award was established in 2007 and recognizes NGA Corporate Fellow companies that have partnered with a state to implement a program, project or service that positively impacts its citizens.
Each fall, all governors are invited to nominate a Corporate Fellow company for work in his or her state that demonstrates a significant investment at the state level to perform a public good in areas such as education, health, public safety, and the environment.
The Public Private Partnership awards are presented each year at NGA's Winter Meeting.
ARAMARK was nominated by former Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels for IN2WORK, a reentry program implemented in partnership with the Indiana Department of Corrections to increase public safety and reduce recidivism though vocational training. Aramark provides the IN2WORK program at no additional cost to more than 27,000 offenders at 27 facilities.
Hewlett-Packard was nominated by Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett for its role in the Medical Assistance Provider Incentive Repository (MAPIR) Collaborative. MAPIR is an internet-based application developed by Hewlett-Packard to administer Electronic Health Records (EHR) incentive programs in Medicaid.
IBM was nominated by Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley for its work with Maryland's STEM Innovation Network, a public-private collaboration led by the Maryland Business Roundtable which promotes innovation in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education. IBM's multi-year support made it possible to build an online platform for the STEM Innovation Network that meets the needs of STEM employers, educators, practitioners and students.
Walmart was nominated by Gov. Beebe for its leadership in the No Kid Hungry Campaign, which brings together leaders with the knowledge, experience and resources to improve access to hunger relief programs, strengthen community infrastructure for food delivery and expand families' knowledge about available healthy food resources throughout Arkansas.
Intel was nominated by Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer for its overall commitment to education in the state and the Intel Teach professional development program, a partnership with Arizona that helps teachers incorporate technology into their classrooms to ensure students develop the skills they need and helps prepare teachers for 21st century careers.
Union Pacific was nominated by Nebraska Gov. Dave Heineman for its innovative Principals' Partnership program. Through the program, Union Pacific works with Nebraska, as well as 20 other states, to provide high school principals with on-site assistance from education professionals; networking opportunities to share best practices; professional development activities and summits; and a wealth of online resources.
UnitedHealthcare was nominated by Rhode Island Gov. Donald L. Carcieri for the operation of the successful employee health and wellness initiative, Get Fit, RI. The program, which serves approximately 14,000 state employees, has inspired businesses in the state to adopt wellness programs and policies; spurred the recognition of Rhode Island as the first "Well State" in America by the Wellness Councils of America; and improved the health and productivity of state government employees.
ESRI was nominated by Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley for its role in BayStat, a multi-agency performance effort to measure progress on improving the health of the Chesapeake Bay. ESRI collaborated with the BayStat team and Towson University to create two interactive mapping tools—GreenPrint and iMap—that enable government users and the public to assess Maryland's landscape and identify the most important places to conserve and protect.
Microsoft was nominated by Washington Gov. Chris Gregoire for its United States Partners in Learning initiative, which partners with governments and schools to integrate technology into teaching, learning and research. Washington was the first state invited to partner in the initiative and worked with Microsoft to help teachers leverage technology to improve student achievement and teaching ability. Microsoft has since partnered with five other states and has reached more than 3.3 million students and teachers in the U.S.
Google Inc., nominated by Alabama Gov. Bob Riley, won the award for its collaborative work with Alabama's Department of Homeland Security to create Virtual Alabama – a three-dimensional visualization program. Virtual Alabama is the nation's first comprehensive database of imagery and geographic data to assemble, display, evaluate and share information for emergency responders.
Barrick Gold of North America, Inc., nominated by South Dakota Gov. Mike Rounds, won the award for its partnership with the South Dakota Science and Technology Authority. The partnership helped the state secure the National Science Foundation's Deep Underground Science and Engineering Laboratory (DUSEL) at the Homestake mine in Lead, S.D. DUSEL will produce advanced scientific research in several fields, create new educational opportunities for students wishing to pursue science and potentially have an economic impact of more than $1 billion.
Ford Motor Company, nominated by Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm, won the award for its work in the field of education and the development and growth of the Ford Partnership for Advanced Studies (Ford PAS) program. Launched in 2004 by Ford Motor Company Fund, the philanthropic arm of Ford Motor Company, and developed in collaboration with Education Development Center, Inc., Ford PAS is a high school curriculum for the 21st century. The program is designed to engage and excite students in business, science, technology, engineering, design and math while building critical problem-solving and innovative thinking and learning skills.