The Savas Award for Privatization is given annually to a remarkable individual who is advancing innovative ways to better and more cost-effectively provide public services through partnerships with private organizations. The award is named for E. S. “Steve” Savas, who pioneered the concept of privatization while serving as First Deputy City Administrator of New York City. Privatization has been central to Reason’s work for 50 years, when Reason Founder Bob Poole began refining the concept and published the first book-length treatment of municipal privatization, Cutting Back City Hall, in 1980.  

Previous recipients of the Savas Award include former Indiana governor and current Purdue University President Mitch Daniels, former Federal Communications Commission chairman Ajit Pai, aerospace engineer and X Prize winner Burt Rutan, Success Academy co-founder Eva Moskowitz, former Indianapolis Mayor Stephen Goldsmith, and Alliance for College-Ready Public Schools co-founder Ambassador Frank Baxter.

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