Fairfax County Receives 8 NACo Achievement Awards
June 12, 2009
Fairfax County received eight National Association of Counties (NACo) 2009 Achievement Awards recognizing innovative county programs. Three of the awards are for Best in Category, the most received by any county nationwide.
The NACo awards went to Fairfax County’s Office of the County Executive; Public Library and Public Schools; Park Authority; Department of Information Technology and Courts; Department of Public Works and Environmental Services and Facilities Management Department; Department of Housing and Community Development; and Department of Systems Management for Human Services.
Courtroom Technology Management System (CTMS) — Best in
Department of Information Technology and Courts
This fully integrated state-of-the-art centralized courtroom audio and video management system provides enhanced evidence presentation capabilities and videoconferencing with simple-to-use controls. Through the system, the courts can meet the increasing demands of an evolving global and technology-enhanced, digitized society. The CTMS is being phased in and ultimately will support, centrally and remotely, 43 courtrooms and ancillary facilities for all three Fairfax courts.
Silver Lining Initiative — Best in Category
Department of Housing and Community Development
The three-pronged initiative responds to the dramatic rise in foreclosed homes and their potential damaging effect on neighborhoods. The initiative encompasses: counseling for those at risk for foreclosure; addressing the increasing number of vacant properties; and stabilizing neighborhoods hit hardest by foreclosures or abandoned homes.
Tree Conservation Ordinance — Best in Category
Urban Forest Management Division, Department of Public Works and Environmental Services
The Tree Conservation Ordinance is the first ordinance in Virginia to focus on tree preservation. The ordinance ensures that prescribed levels of tree canopy are provided on development sites within a 10-year time frame. Requiring tree preservation during land development helps to sustain existing environmental functionality and enhances the county’s ability to conserve and manage its vital air, water, soil and ecological resources.
To understand and manage the change that comes with a population that is increasingly diverse, Community Connectionsis designed for equal representation and inclusion of minority populations as customers, park users and park supporters. It is part philosophy, part policy, part listening post and part marketing strategy.
EXCELS: Excellence Coalition for Education, Literacy and Library
Public Library and Public Schools
This project supports the educational and social needs of the Fort Belvoir military community. Designed to encourage literacy, increase library facilities use and improve student achievement, it also boosts student participation in academic, social and cultural activities. Cooperation among the Kingstowne Public Library, the Fort Belvoir Elementary School library and the Van Noy Library on base has expanded after-school programming, homework help, reading clubs, field trips and early literacy programs.
Herrity Parking Garage Green Roof
Department of Public Works and Environmental Services and Facilities Management Department
Constructed on the upper level of the five-story Herrity Building parking garage, the vegetated roof is an innovative stormwater retrofit project. Responding to federal and state stormwater management regulations pertaining to water quality and improving the Chesapeake Bay, the green roof reduces stormwater and polluted runoff. The Herrity green roof also serves as a working model of environmentally friendly construction for developers and residents.
Integrated Parcel Lifecycle System (IPLS)
Department of Systems Management for Human Services
The Integrated Parcel Lifecycle System (IPLS) facilitates and expands the capabilities of all Fairfax County departments to access, integrate and analyze demographic and land use information to make data-driven service delivery and planning decisions. The IPLS integrates data from across business and jurisdictional function areas into an accessible data warehouse. In addition, the IPLS provides tools for creating parcel level demographic estimates and forecasts and provides menu-driven tools that allow novice users to generate customized reports and maps. Planners, analysts and decision-makers now have access to geographically detailed information that previously was unavailable or very difficult to access.
Road DAWG (Don’t Associate with Gangs) Camps
Office of the County Executive
The camps, part of the county’s gang prevention initiative, deter gang recruitment of middle-school youth by providing tools to strengthen their resilience, develop positive decision-making skills and encourage leadership characteristics to buffer against the potential lure of gangs. In a time of tight budget constraints, the Road DAWG camps and ongoing gang prevention programming during the school year, leverage and capitalize on existing resources of county agencies and schools; partner with community and business groups; and integrate with law enforcement efforts.
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