Fairfax County Receives 9 NACo Awards
June 19, 2014
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
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
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 Project — Department of Public Works and Environmental
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.
Primary and Behavioral Health Care Integration Initiative — Fairfax-Falls Church Community
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.
Mondloch Place — Department of Housing and
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.
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 Program — Department of
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.