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Drive to Excellence Program

Also known as:
State of Minnesota's Drive to Excellence
Active dates:2004 -2010

This program was established to make the services of the state government more efficient, cost-effective, and customer-friendly to citizens and businesses. Initial objectives included: reform the way the state purchases goods and services; consolidate state construction codes oversight; reform and strengthen management and operations of the state's information technology infrastructure; reform state licensing of individuals and businesses, including increased electronic licensing and a "one-stop" licensing shop on the Internet; reform the way the state manages its buildings; and reform the way the state manages grants by implementing common procedures.


The Drive to Excellence initiative began in the spring of 2004 with a call to action. A Transformation Roadmap for the state was created between August, 2004 and January, 2005. The implementation of the roadmap was to take place in stages over the next few years.

An official press release launching the "Drive to Excellence" was distributed September 9, 2004. On April 4, 2005, the governor signed and announced the executive orders setting the first six project initiatives into motion.

The Drive to Excellence Summary Report (2010) outlines the development of the Drive to Excellence program and summarizes program outcomes.

Advisory to:

Sub-Cabinet members:

  • Dana Badgerow, Chair, Commissioner, Department of Administration
  • Scott Brener, Commissioner, Department of Labor and Industry
  • Michael Campion, Commissioner, Department of Public Safety
  • Cal Ludeman, Acting Commissioner, Department of Human Services
  • Peggy Ingison, Commissioner, Department of Finance
  • Dan Salomone, Commissioner, Department of Revenue
  • Gopal Khanna, State CIO, Office of Enterprise Technology
  • Sara Schlauderaff, Governor's Office
  • Dan McElroy, Governor's Senior Advisor on Innovation
  • Kathy Sibbel, Drive to Excellence Project Office
Note: The Legislative Reference Library may have additional reports on or by this group available through our catalog.
News clippings and documents. Agencies Notebook Collection, 2003-2004.
Record last updated: 08/21/2023

All information on this group from the Library’s collection of agency notebooks has been digitized. These materials are incorporated into the “documents/articles” section of the record. Please contact a librarian with any questions. The Minnesota Agencies database is a work in progress.

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