Build a Better Mousetrap


Have you or one of your coworkers recently built an innovative gadget or developed an improved way to do a job?

If so, now is the time to show off a project your municipality is proud of in the annual Build a Better Mousetrap Competition. Through this competition, Florida LTAP wants to encourage local agencies in Florida to share their creative work with others through a friendly, competitive challenge that awards the top three winners based on cost and savings, benefits to the community and the environment, transferability, ingenuity, and effectiveness.

The Florida LTAP Center is looking for projects that you, your employees, or crew designed and built. It can be anything from the development of tools, equipment modifications, and/or processes that increase safety, reduce cost, improve efficiency, and improve the quality of transportation.

We will gather the best ideas from around the state and our team will judge them using a point rating system. The criteria are listed below. A maximum of 5 points can be awarded for each category, for a total of 25 possible points.

1. Cost
2. Savings/Benefit to Community
3. Ingenuity
4. Transferability to Others
5. Effectiveness

Those that place first to third in Florida will be announced in the Florida LTAP newsletter and on social media, along with other recognition.

The winning entry will be submitted into the National Mousetrap competition to compete for prizes and, of course, bragging rights. Winners of the national competition will be announced at the annual LTAP/TTAP national conference this summer. All entries at the national level will be posted on the LTAP/TTAP program website and compiled into an electronic booklet.  For more information, please download the 2021 Build a Better Mousetrap National Competition Guidelines.

Applications Are Due By May 14th

For more information about the national Build a Better Mousetrap competition, as well as the entries and national winners in previous years, please click here.

Here are a few winning entries from the 2020 National Competition.

If you have any questions or need more information, please contact Florida LTAP at