FRENCH LICK – Alex Brown, the parks and recreation superintendent of Highland, received the 2019 Ivan H. Brinegar Municipal Management Award from Accelerate Indiana Municipalities (Aim). Brown received the award on August 28 during the Presidents’ Reception at the 2019 Aim Ideas Summit.

The Ivan H. Brinegar Municipal Management Award is presented to an appointed municipal official with a minimum of 10 years of city or town service who displays strong leadership, contributions to the community, and serves as a role model to citizens and other municipal officials.

Brown’s municipal experience spans 31 years of service, with the bulk of his career spent at the Highland Parks and Recreation Department. Brown became the town’s parks superintendent in 1998, where he’s responsible for overseeing 23 parks totaling 267 acres. Throughout the years, Brown has developed a strong reputation for financial management and has worked regionally to extend bike trails. He also was integral in the creation of the Cooperative Special Recreation Initiative, which offers programming to community members with physical or emotional challenges.

“The dedication Alex has shown to cultivating Highland’s parks and recreation opportunities is an inspiration to all in public service,” Aim CEO Matt Greller said. “Our parks play an important role in the quality of life of cities and towns across the state. Alex’s body of work spans decades, and the mark he leaves on Highland and the broader Northwest Indiana community is a testament to his strong leadership.”

In its 43rd year, the Aim Annual Awards program, presented by Baker Tilly, recognizes communities and individuals in municipal government for excellence and outstanding achievement. A nine-member panel of qualified judges selected this year’s winners from a competitive field of nominees from around the state.

Conference Facts:
2019 Aim Ideas Summit
August 27-29, 2019
French Lick Resort
Attendance: 700 (pending final registration count)
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Since the 1890s, Aim, formerly the Indiana Association of Cities and Towns, has been an advocate for Indiana municipalities.  Aim is the official voice of municipal government in Indiana, with more than 460 cities and towns as members.  Our purpose is to foster, promote and advocate for the success of Hoosier municipalities as laboratories of innovation, hubs of talent and the engines driving our state’s economy.

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