The Alexander Hamilton Award was created to honor those individuals helping to foster the revitalization of our nation’s cities. We chose to name the award after Hamilton because, like the Manhattan Institute (MI), he was a fervent proponent of commerce and civic life. Throughout the years, we have expanded the scope of our prize to celebrate leaders not just on local levels, but also at the state levels, who have – whether it be public policy, culture, or philanthropymade remarkable things happen in their home state or city. We hope our celebration of our awardees encourages replication of their efforts.
This year’s event is particularly special as MI celebrates a milestoneour 40th anniversaryand looks to the future. A public-policy think tank that serves New York City, cities and states across America, and the nation as a whole, MI has much work to do. We are entering a period of great change and, we believe, significant opportunity in Washington, here in Gotham, and nationally.