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.

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Fairfax County was ranked among America's top five in the 2014 Digital Counties Survey by The Center for Digital Government and the National Association of Counties (NACo) which recognizes leading examples of counties using technology to improve services and boost efficiencies. Winners were chosen based on their best practices and effective uses of technology to better serve their communities. Fairfax County received third place honors in the competition for jurisdictions with populations of 500,000 or greater for governance and management practices, innovations and overall significance to excellence in public service.

The Digital Counties Survey evaluates localities on their ability to demonstrate successful outcomes through the strategic use of technology. Winning jurisdictions overcame tough fiscal barriers to improve government services and efficiency and found ways to provide better information security, transparency, and citizen engagement with innovative uses of social media and advanced decision support tools. Read more...



  • The Brookfield Park wet pond rehabilitation project won second place in the best habitat creation category in the 2014 Best Urban BMP* in the Bay award contest sponsored by the Chesapeake Stormwater Network. "This project had great merit in the Best Habitat Creation category, particularly with regards to the stewardship of existing pond wildlife. Remarkably, Fairfax County went the extra mile by taking considerable care of existing aquatic pond inhabitants by relocating them during pond reconstruction. This novel construction approach coupled with a design which fused conventional pond reconstruction with innovative practices including natural channel design, floating wetlands, and other stabilization techniques were quite compelling."
  • Wiehle Avenue Metro Station Garage Wins Public Works Project of the Year Award: The station won in the transportation category for projects that cost more than $75 million. The $87 million project was implemented as part of a public-private partnership.The APWA Public Works Project of the Year Award was established to promote excellence in the management and administration of public works projects by recognizing the alliance between the managing agency, the consultant/architect/engineer, and the contractor who, working together, complete public works projects. Eligible public works projects are defined as the physical structures and facilities that are developed, owned, and maintained by public agencies to house governmental functions and provide water, power, waste disposal, transportation, and similar public services in accordance with established public policy.



  • For the 30th consecutive year, the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) of the U.S. and Canada has awarded Fairfax County the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award for the Fiscal Year 2015 Budget (began July 1, 2014).  Special recognitions included “Outstanding as a Policy Document,” “Outstanding as a Communications Device” and “Special Performance Measures Recognition.” The award represents the GFOA’s highest form of recognition for governmental budgeting and reflects the commitment of the governing body and staff in meeting the highest principles of public budgeting.

  • The  Department of Public Safety Communications (DPSC) — the county’s 9-1-1 Center — has been accredited as a 9-1-1 Emergency Medical Dispatch Communications Center of Excellence by the Virginia Department of Health, Office of Emergency Medical Services. This is the fourth consecutive two-year accreditation, spanning eight years, that DPSC has received this award.


  • The Office of Public Private Partnerships was lauded by the Northern Virginia Black Chamber at their annual Gala as the Outstanding Public Partner. The award recognizes the successful connections OP3 facilitated between NVBCC and the community as well as to other chambers and community partners.


  • The county received two Governor's Technology Awards for innovation in local government from the Commonwealth of Virginia's Innovative Technology Symposium (COVITS).
    • The 2014 Governor's COVITS award in the "IT as an Efficiency Driver" category for our efficient tax payment system.
    • Awarded in the "Cross-Boundary Collaboration" category for our National Capital Region Identity and Access Management Service (IAMS).


  • The county receives nine NACo Awards:
    • Best in Category: Risk Management -  WorkSafe Fairfax by the Risk Management Division
    • Civics Education and Public Information - The Good Neighbor Initiative from the Fairfax-Falls Church Community Services Board and the Office of Elections program The More Easily Informed Voter.
    • County Administration and Management - The Project Manager Guide by the Department of Public Works and Environmental Services.
    • Environmental Protection and Energy - The 5th Grade Field Guide Development Project and the Department of Public Works and Environmental Services.
    • Health - The Primary and Behavioral Health Care Initiative by the Fairfax-Falls Church Community Services Board.
    • Human Services - Mondloch Place by the Department of Housing and Community Development.
    • Information Technology- Emergency Damages Assessment Tracking and the Next Generation Security Program by the Department of Information Technology.

  •  The Park Authority has received several awards: 
    • The 2014 Excellence in Inclusion Award by the National Recreation and Park Association. This award recognizes agencies that embrace implementation of inclusive practices and processes and demonstrates its commitment to the provision of well-planned supports for inclusive participation by people with disabilities and diversity in all programs, services and facilities.
    • The 2014 Kudos Marketing Award from the National Recreation and Park Association for the 2013 campaign developed for the 2013 Partners in Preservation program, where the agency competed against 24 other historic sites to win grant funding for historic renovations.


The Department of Public Works and Environmental Services's Wolftrap Stream Restoration project with the Town of Vienna has received a Community Appearance Award from the Community Appearance Alliance of Northern Virginia.

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