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Pioneer Institute’s Better Government Competition, founded in 1991, is an annual citizens’ idea contest that seeks out and rewards the most innovative public policy proposals. The Competition grand prize winner receives $10,000; four runners-up receive $1,000 each, and other proposals receive special recognition.

Watch video clips of the 2013 Keynote Speaker and Winner:

Read the 2014 contest guidelines.

The 2013 competition sought ideas to facilitate job creation. Our interest was not in how the government can serve as a venture capitalist or pick winners and losers, but rather how to make the Great American Job Engine roar once again. Competition winners over the years are listed below.