Fairfax County Receives 9 NACo Awards


June 19, 2014

News Highlights

  • Fairfax County received nine National Association of Counties (NACo) 2014 Achievement Awards, including one Best in Category, recognizing effective and innovative programs that contribute to and enhance county government in the U.S.
  • The Risk Management Division received a Best in Category for its WorkSafe Fairfax Program.
  • Awards also went to the Fairfax-Falls Church Community Services Board; the Office of Elections; Department of Housing and Community Development; Department of Public Works and Environmental Services; and the Department of Information Technology.

The National Association of Counties (NACo) recently announced that Fairfax County received nine 2014 Achievement Awards, including one Best in Category. The awards will be presented at the NACo Annual Conference and Exposition in July.

“Congratulations to all the departments, divisions, programs and service boards who received recognition this year,” said Board of Supervisors Chairman Sharon Bulova. “Fairfax County is fortunate to have such dedicated individuals working above and beyond the call of duty and cultivating a culture of excellence in our government. It is one of the reasons that we remain one of the most well-managed counties in the nation.”

Best in Category: Risk Management

  • WorkSafe Fairfax  — Risk Management Division
    WorkSafe Fairfax is a countywide injury prevention awareness campaign. The primary goals of the program are to protect employees from preventable accidents and reduce the high cost of employee injuries to the county, including Workers Compensation claims and lost workdays.

Civics Education and Public Information

  • Good Neighbor Initiative  Fairfax-Falls Church Community Services Board
    The Good Neighbor campaign was launched in April 2012 to address neighbor concerns about behavioral issues in some group homes and residential facilities. Currently, 26 organizations have signed on to the Good Neighbor Agreement.
  • The More Easily Informed Voter  Office of Elections
    A customized interactive voice recognition software program was integrated with the existing phone system and the statewide secure voter registration database to provide personalized voter information and answers to common questions in both English and Spanish, 24/7.

County Administration and Management

  • Project Manager Guide  Department of Public Works and Environmental Services (Building Design and Construction Division)
    The online guide establishes standard processes and procedures. It is an easy-to-follow resource for the process and paperwork necessary to guide project managers to a successful project completion.

Environmental Protection and Energy

  • 5th Grade Field Guide Development ProjectDepartment of Public Works and Environmental Services
    A collaborative effort to develop teaching tools for the school system’s newly developed Fields of Science study unit. "A Field Guide to Fairfax County’s Plants and Wildlife” introduces 5th-graders to the different disciplines and specialized fields of natural science and encourages exploration of the natural world.

Health

  • Primary and Behavioral Health Care Integration InitiativeFairfax-Falls Church Community Services Board
    This partnership between a primary care organization and a behavioral health care agency has been key to making this integrated “whole health” model work without special funds or any policy changes. The result is better care and better health outcomes for some of the most vulnerable community members.

Human Services

  • Mondloch PlaceDepartment of Housing and Community Development
    Fairfax County’s newest affordable housing property was built in the footprint of a former homeless shelter. A critical component of the county’s Housing Blueprint and the Plan to Prevent and End Homelessness, it offers 20 fully furnished efficiency rental units with on-site supportive services to formerly homeless individuals.

Information Technology

  • Emergency Damages Assessment Tracking Department of Information Technology
    The Emergency Data Gathering Repository (EDGR) system collects real time damage assessment data from a wide range of sources during an emergency event or incident when the Emergency Operations Center is activated.
  • Next Generation Security ProgramDepartment of Information Technology
    The Next Generation Security Program safely provides county agencies and employees with access to social media outlets for immediate dissemination of information to citizens while guarding against the vulnerabilities and attack vectors inherent in today’s social media.

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