March 2017 Vol. 25, No. 1

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Submit an entry for ‘Mousetrap’ competition

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Have you or one of your co-workers recently built an innovative gadget or developed an improved way to do a job? Now is the time to show off your creativity and help other agencies solve problems by submitting an entry to the Build a Better Mousetrap Competition!

Minnesota LTAP is participating in the 2017 contest, sponsored by the Federal Highway Administration’s Local Technical Assistance Program and Tribal Technical Assistance Program.

Your entry can be anything from the development of tools or gadgets to equipment modifications to processes that increase safety, improve efficiency, reduce costs, or improve the quality of transportation. The purpose of this competition is to collect and disseminate real-world examples of best practices and tips from the field and assist in the transfer of technology.

To enter the competition, please complete the entry form on our website and submit it to ctstap@umn.edu by May 31, 2017. You're also encouraged (but not required) to submit photos of your project along with your entry form.

Entries will be judged using the criteria of cost savings, benefits to the community and/or agency, ingenuity, transferability to others, and effectiveness. We'll pick a state winner, who will be recognized in the Exchange newsletter and receive a prize.

The winning entry will be automatically submitted to the national competition, where you'll compete for more fantastic prizes—and bragging rights! Winners will be announced at the annual LTAP/TTAP National Conference.