The IGH Fire Department is a finalist in the Public Safety category
On Thursday, September 23rd, the River Heights Chamber along with East Metro Chamber partners will host the annual Leaders in Local Government Awards Ceremony. Join us as we honor five organizations and an Elected Official of Note in the East Metro who exemplify and demonstrate innovation, excellence, and success in local government.
Finalists were selected based on their contributions with respect to innovative initiatives and public policies that advance the public good and demonstrate a commitment to efficient and progressive government. Their entry follows:
Inver Grove Heights Fire Department- partnership with River Heights Marina
Despite considerable Mississippi River frontage, Inver Grove Heights Fire Department never had a boat. Under the leadership of Assistant Chief Bergum, in 2021, the department acquired a retired Navy boat, in great shape, for minimal cost to the city. Bergum also started conversations with River Heights Marina about a slip to keep the boat in the water, versus having in the station, trailering to marina, then launching. This resulted in a great private/public partnership with one of our local businesses. River Heights Marina donated a boat slip, saving our citizens money and significantly improving response time for water rescue. The boat is now in the water, ready for emergency response, which will save 10-20 minutes response time versus having to trailer from the station.
Other local nominees include the Dakota County Library in the Communications category for their AAPI programming initiative and Dakota County in the Innovation category for the Virtual Teen Job Fair.
This hybrid event is being offered both in-person and virtually, and we invite you to attend in whichever way you are most comfortable and able.