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 was again honored as a technical innovator, placing first among counties of its size in the annual Digital Counties Survey. Fairfax County has been ranked in the top five for 12 consecutive years, earning first place five times during this span.
The county was recognized for milestone achievements in open government strategy including:
- Publicly available IT strategic plan, cited by judges as one of the nation's best, provides clear technology governance and road map for success.
- Financial transparency and citizen engagement through the economic success portal.
- Budget pages include a glossary and training video to assist public understanding.
- Open data analytics approach, which includes studies, reports and data for public use.
- Best practices in disaster recovery and resiliency strategies.
- Leading and coordinating emergency response across the national capital region (NCR) through interoperable communications initiatives including identity management and data exchange.
- 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.