Fairfax County Wins Seven NACo Achievement Awards


June 14, 2012

Highlights

  • Fairfax County received seven National Association of Counties (NACo) 2012 Achievement Awards, including one Best in Category,  recognizing effective and innovative programs that contribute to and enhance county government in the U.S.
  • Stormwater Management, Department of Public Works and Environment Services, wins Best in Category.
  • Awards went to the Department of Code Compliance; Department of Housing and Community Development; Library; Animal Shelter; Office of Public Affairs; and the Office of Public, Private Partnerships. 

Stormy the Raindrop
Best in Category
Stormwater Management, Department of Public Works and Environmental Services
Lessons of aquatic health, environmental protection and personal responsibility are well received by young and old alike when delivered by the cheerful cartoon character “Stormy the Raindrop.” The public education campaign encourages children to appreciate and take better care of their environment, and to pass on this desire to their peers and parents. The campaign includes two Stormy-themed activity books,  puppet shows and numerous appearances at county events and venues.

Creation of the Department of Code Compliance
Department of Code Compliance

The Department of Code Compliance (DCC), a consolidation of multiple code enforcement functions into a new agency, began operations on July 1, 2010. It responds with multiple and coordinated efforts to complaints and code violations in a ‘one-stop shop’ approach, in addition to community outreach and education. 

PROGRESS Center
Department of Housing and Community Development

A multi-faceted approach that seeks to end the cycle of poverty starts at the Housing PROGRESS Center where those in housing programs are given job and employment training and counseling, financial planning resources and human service assistance if needed.  

Embracing E-Books
Library

With the explosion of Kindles, Nooks, iPads and other mobile reading devices, the Library developed a comprehensive digital media strategy that integrates e-books, e-audiobooks and e-video into every aspect of library service, from staff training and customer workshops to marketing and seeking non-governmental funding to expand the collection.  

Feral Cats: Traps, Neuter and Return Program
Police Department: Animal Shelter

Using an “army of trappers,” the Animal Shelter introduced a humane, cost-effective program to control feral cats. Box traps are provided to volunteer residents and the collected felines are neutered and given a rabies vaccination. When they are returned to their original outdoor colonies, with marks on their ears, they help create “kitten-free” and “rabies-buffer” zones.  

Communications Toolkit
Office of Public Affairs

The new Communications Toolkit ensures a common look and message in all county communications through a user-friendly Web portal that offers quick access to county guidelines.  Developed by a committee of information officers and based on input from county staff, it can evolve with the county’s communications needs.  

V-16: Volunteer Leave Initiative
Office of Public, Private Partnerships

Volunteer activity leave is a unique employee benefit that provides up to 16 hours per year for each county employee to give back to the community. This innovative program not only is added value to the employees, but also increases the capacity for enhancing their overall sense of engagement, contributes to the local and regional community and gives the county a competitive recruitment advantage. 

 

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