Fairfax County Awards
Fairfax County is often recognized for its outstanding programs, services and public servants. The county also honors individuals and organizations. Additional information about county awards and accomplishments can be obtained from the agency or division highlighted or by contacting the Office of Public Affairs by email or by phone at 703-324-3187, TTY 711. View archive of past awards.
- Fairfax County's Department of Vehicle Services Alban and West Ox Maintenance Facilities Recognized by the ASE Blue Seal of Excellence Program: Fairfax County's Alban and West Ox Maintenance Facilities recognized by the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) Blue Seal of Excellence Program for having 75% of their automotive professionals ASE certified.
- Stringfellow Road Park and Ride Receives Award of Merit: The Stringfellow Road Park and Ride, in Centreville, Va., has received the Award of Merit, Best Building Build-to-Suit Institutional Facility Under $20 Million, from NAIOP Northern Virginia, the Commercial Real Estate Development Association.
- VRPS Honors go to Spring Hill RECenter and the Water Mine: Two major facility renovation and expansion projects by the Fairfax County Park Authority were honored last week at the 62nd Annual Conference of the Virginia Recreation and Park Society (VRPS) in Roanoke, Virginia. Spring Hill RECenter and the Water Mine Family Swimmin’ Hole received Best New Renovation/Addition awards in areas with a population greater than 100,000.
- FCPA Wins VRPS State Award for Best New Program: FootGolf: The Fairfax County Park Authority received the state-wide award for Best New Program at the 62nd Annual Conference of the Virginia Recreation and Park Society (VRPS) last week in Roanoke, Virginia. Pinecrest Golf Course’s FootGolf program was honored in the category of areas with a population greater than 100,000.The new program has drawn thousands of participants from around the region looking for a new reason to head to the golf course.
- Fairfax County Wins Gold Level Honor from Water Environment Federation (WEF): Fairfax County was recently honored by the Water Environment Federation for its outstanding stormwater management program and commitment to installing green infrastructure, and has been placed in the phase I category: Innovation Gold Level and Program Management Gold Level. A phase I community includes medium and large cities or counties with populations of 100,000 or more residents.
- American Institute of Architects Recognizes Fairfax County's Exceptional Design Awards Program: Fairfax County received the American Institute of Architects Northern Virginia Chapter Award for the Exceptional Design Awards Program. The award recognizes an individual or organization that has, through their professional activities and body of work, significantly inspired or influenced the architecture profession in Northern Virginia over a sustained period of time.
- Channel 16 Receives Multiple Awards Including Overall Excellence: Fairfax County Government Channel 16 has won the Overall Excellence in Government Programming Award from the Alliance for Community Media for the 9th year in a row and 14th time overall. Fairfax County Government submitted a 20-minute video with excerpts from 17 different Channel 16 programs produced in 2015. This is the 14th time Channel 16 has won this award.
- DPWES Wins 2016 Harold L. Strickland Partnership Award: Fairfax County’s Department of Public Works and Environmental Services (DPWES) has been selected to receive the 2016 Harold L. Strickland Partnership and Collaboration Award. These collaborative efforts have taken place at locations throughout the county, such as Kings West Swim Club/Rabbit Branch Park, Brookfield Park, Lee District Park, and the Spring Hill and South Run RECenters. Stream restoration efforts include work at Rabbit Run/Quincy Park, Sandy Creek Stream, Mason Neck West Park, and Big Rocky Run. The partnership also included the upgrading of Great Falls Nike Field. Parks have benefitted from $29 million in leveraged funding from the work.
- Three Fairfax County Buildings Win Exceptional Design Awards: Three major capital building projects managed by the Capital Facilities Business Area of Fairfax County’s Department of Public Works and Environmental Services have earned Exceptional Design Awards, a program that recognizes achievement in the total design of a building and its site. The Woodrow Wilson Library earned a merit award, and the McLean Police Station and Governmental Center and Merrifield Center each earned honorable mentions.
- Fairfax County Receives Information Technology Award for Citizen Outreach and Emergency Response: Fairfax County was again honored as a technical innovator, placing second among counties of its size in the annual Digital Counties Survey. Fairfax County has been ranked in the top five for six consecutive years, earning first place two times during this span.
The county was recognized for milestone achievements in citizen communication and engagement including:
- The NewsCenter publishing platform and social media strategy.
- MyFairfax personalized single sign-on web portal to securely conduct business with the county, including electronic payments.
- Best governance practices to align IT strategies with county business objectives.
- High achievement in flexible technology infrastructure, agile development, and effective use of resources.
Leading and coordinating emergency
response across the national capital region (NCR) through
interoperable communications initiatives including identity
management and data exchange.
The Digital Counties Survey evaluates localities on their ability to demonstrate successful outcomes, improve services and boost efficiencies through the strategic use of technology. Winners were chosen based on their work to innovate, improve transparency and proactively address citizen demands and expectations.
- Park Authority Wins National Stewardship Award: The Fairfax County Park Authority (FCPA) has been named the winner of the National Recreation and Park Association’s (NRPA) 2016 Barb King Environmental Stewardship Award, which recognizes a parks and recreation agency that has achieved excellence in environmental stewardship. This national recognition pays tribute to the Park Authority’s growing commitment to protection of natural resources in Fairfax County.
- Fairfax County Receives 8 National Achievement Awards: The National Association of Counties (NACo) awarded Fairfax County eight 2016 Achievement Awards, which honor innovative, effective county government programs that enhance services for residents
- Park Authority Wins Seven NAGC Communication Awards: Park Authority communicators took home four first place awards, sharing honors for a campaign celebrating the Park Authority’s 65th anniversary year entitled “65 Years of Making Parks Count,” in the Shoestring Budget category as well as a first place award for the Special Purpose Publication, “Great Parks – Great Communities FY2015 Strategic Plan Report.”
- The Noman M. Cole, Jr. Pollution Control Plant earned another Platinum Peak Performance Award: NACWA’s Peak Performance Awards recognize member agency facilities for excellence in wastewater treatment as measured by their compliance with their NPDES permit. The award also recognizes the commitment, innovation and achievements of individuals and public agencies in the clean water community.
- Fairfax County Health Department Awarded National Accreditation: Fairfax County Health Department has achieved national accreditation through the Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB). The national accreditation program works to improve and protect the health of the public by advancing and ultimately transforming the quality and performance of the nation’s state, local, tribal and territorial public health departments.
- Celebrate Fairfax Recognizes Sheriff’s Community Labor Force with Community Spirit Award: Celebrate Fairfax, Inc., (CFI) honored the Sheriff’s Community Labor Force with the 2016 James M. Scott Community Spirit Award during a ceremony held at the Fairfax County Government Center on June 7. Named for former Virginia State Delegate Jim Scott, who founded CFI, the award recognizes service that has transformed, guided and supported the success of the organization.
- Sheriff’s Office Earns Health Care Reaccreditation: The National Commission on Correctional Health Care has reaccredited the Fairfax County Sheriff’s Office on the operation of the Adult Detention Center. NCCHC accreditation is a quality assurance process under which inmate health care services, programs and operations are evaluated by an external body. The Sheriff’s Office has been accredited by NCCHC since 1981. The reaccreditation process takes place every three years to ensure that the agency maintains compliance with the standards.
- Park Authority Wins Award for Colvin Run Campaign: The Fairfax County Park Authority (FCPA) is the winner of a 2016 NACPRO Award for the marketing efforts that helped Colvin Run Mill achieve a top-four finish in the 2013 web-based Partners in Preservation (PiP) voting contest sponsored by the National Trust for Historic Preservation and American Express. As a result of the contest, the FCPA received a $75,000 grant to restore the historic mill.
- Spring Hill Renovation Wins NACPRO Award: The expansion and renovation of the Spring Hill RECenter in McLean, Virginia, is being honored with an award from the National Association of County Park and Recreation Officials (NACPRO). The Fairfax County Park Authority project has been selected as a recipient of the 2016 NACPRO Award in the Park and Recreation Facility Class II category.
Vehicle Services Named in 100 Best Fleet Awards: The Fairfax County
Department of Vehicle Services has been named 36th
out of 100
best fleet operations in the Americas. The program, currently in
its 16th year, recognizes and rewards peak performing fleet operations
in North America. Fairfax County was regarded as exceptional based on
the 12 performance measures of the award including uses of technology,
accountability, pricing, customer service, innovation, efficiency and