New York State Local Technical Assistance Program

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Build a Better Mousetrap Competition

Have you or one of your co-workers built an innovative gadget or developed an improved way to do a job? Well, now is the time to show off a project your agency is proud of in our Build a Better Mousetrap Competition! 

We are looking for something that you, your employees, or crew designed and built; it can be anything from the development of tools or equipment modifications, to a new process that increases safety, reduces costs, improves efficiency and/or improves the quality of transportation.

Questions? Give us a call at 607-255-8033 or email us at clrp@cornell.edu

Applications are Open for the Build a Better Mousetrap Competition!

Download Application form Here

What Should I Submit?

All local transportation agencies in New York State are welcome to enter and departments may submit more than one entry. We are looking for something that you or your employees designed, built, or implemented. Entries can be anything from the tool or equipment modifications, to a new process that increases safety (including COVID-19 safety), reduces costs, improves efficiency, or improves the quality of transportation.

Remember, we are looking for self-made creative projects developed in-house but your submissions do not necessarily have to be physical modifications to equipment or “gadgetry.” New methods of using technology, an innovative way to manage assets, or a useful strategy for dealing with the public can all be great innovations!

Please include high-quality digital images with your entry. Videos are also encouraged and are worth points in the national competition.

Not sure what to submit? Check out some examples here or check out last year's submissions below.

2021 BBMY Entries (2021 State Competition extended through 2022)

Town of Hamburg Highway Department

Town of Ghent Highway Department

Past BBMT Competitions

2020 BBMT National Winner

Download Plans for the Beaver Pipe Cage Here

2020 Build a Better Mousetrap State Competition Winners:

2020 Highlight Videos

2019 BBMT Entries and State Winners

2018 BBMT National Competition

City of Beacon Highway Department wins 1st Place in the National Build a Better Mousetrap Competition under the category of Inspection and Data Collection!

 

 

 

 

Winners were announced at the 2018 National LTAP Association Conference in New Orleans Louisiana. There were 26 submittal spanning 12 states in the competition.

2018 BBMT Entries and State Winners

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