BOISE, Idaho (News Release) – Idaho Transportation Department Director Brian Ness has won the 2016 Navigator Award from the national organization Route Fifty.

The award, in the “Agency and Department Chiefs” category, is based on his citizen-focused approach to government and a transformative style.

I’m proud of Brian’s leadership at ITD," says Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter, "which has done wonders to build public trust in its operations, the confidence of Idaho motorists ...

Ness and several other winners from across the country representing different categories were honored Wednesday in Pittsburgh, Pa.

“I’m proud of Brian’s leadership at ITD, which has done wonders to build public trust in its operations, the confidence of Idaho motorists, and ensure that all citizens are getting their money’s worth,” said Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter.

Ness won in a category honoring “individuals across state, county and municipal governments who have demonstrated the ability to implement innovative ideas to solve problems and improve public-sector services in the communities they serve.”

According to Route Fifty, these leaders are “harnessing the power of their teams and communities to transform the way they deliver services.”

“The main thing that stood out was Ness’ emphasis on empowering employees to find savings and efficiencies,” Route Fifty Executive Editor Michael Grass said. “We were intrigued by the origins of that approach and why it has worked so well for ITD.”

Since his arrival in 2010, ITD has been transformed behind Ness’ results-focused vision centered on a belief that government needs to serve citizens, not themselves.

“Having employees create solutions is central to this change,” Ness said. “The decisions are being made on the frontline, where the work is being done, which leads to better decisions and more innovative solutions. Ultimately, this award represents ITD’s commitment to all of the state’s 1.1 million drivers.”