Bureau of Governmental Research (BGR)’s Excellence in Government is a biennial program that honors dedicated public employees and private citizens who have significantly improved government in the New Orleans area. This year, BGR is televising their awards program. Viewers can tune in to WYES-TV Channel 12 tonight at 8:30 PM and Sunday at 10 AM to watch the awards presentation.
Program viewers will learn about the honorees and the accomplishments that led to their selection. In a series of interviews, honorees will discuss their work as individuals or members of a team to improve local government. They will talk about challenges they faced and what it took to overcome them. In addition, the program includes interviews with representatives of BGR, who will discuss the history and purpose of the Excellence in Government program.
INNOVATION: Dr. Patty Glaser
Recognizing public sector employees who have used innovative solutions to address pressing problems
Dr. Patty Glaser is the founding CEO of Discovery Schools, a charter management network operating two open enrollment public charter schools in Jefferson Parish authorized by Jefferson Parish Public School System. Students at Discovery Schools not only receive rigorous education in health sciences fields, but also learn about good nutrition, healthy lifestyle choices, physical fitness, and a sustainable environment through experiential and STEM learning. The Jefferson Chamber nominated Dr. Glaser and Discovery Schools for this award.
CITIZENSHIP: Melanie Bronfin
Recognizing a private citizen who has worked to improve the quality of government
Melanie has assisted the Jefferson Chamber in advocating for Early Childhood Care and Education locally and at the statewide level. She helped us create the Ready Louisiana Coalition, the bipartisan statewide coalition formed in 2018 of over 65 businesses, Chambers, advocacy organizations, and early care and education professionals seeking sufficient investment in quality, affordable early care and education in Louisiana. Investing in high-quality early care and education will prepare our students for a smart start in life, enable families to be productive in the workforce, and serve as an economic engine for local communities.