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 Tops in the Country for “Best Workplaces for Commuters”
  • Leadership Fairfax, Inc. (LFI) honored Leila Gordon, Executive Director of Reston Community Center as the recipient of the 2015 Northern Virginia Regional Leadership Award. The award, presented Thursday, December 3 at LFI’s annual Northern Virginia Leadership Awards luncheon at the Waterford Fair Oaks, recognized Gordon’s dedication and leadership in the Northern Virginia community. - See more at: http://www.restoncommunitycenter.com/about-reston/newsroom/press-release-detail/rcc-executive-director-receives-northern-virginia-regional-leadership-award-from-leadership-fairfax#sthash.RYlIc9zL.dpuf


  • The Northern Virginia Chapter of the National Association of Industrial and Office Properties (NAIOP) recognized the Spring Hill RECenter Expansion and Renovation Project with their 2015 Award of Merit on November 19, 2015.  The award was in the category of Build-to-Suit Institutional Facility Under $20 Million Dollars
  • The Merrifield Center, the new headquarters for the Fairfax-Falls Church Community Services Board, won an Award of Excellence at an awards gala hosted by the Northern Virginia chapter of the National Association of Industrial and Office Properties (NAIOP) on Nov. 19, 2015. Fairfax County’s Department of Public Works and Environmental Services was recognized along with team members Noritake Associates and Manhattan Construction Group in the Building category for Best Build-to-Suit Institutional Facility
  • Fairfax County’s 9-1-1 Center – the Department of Public Safety Communications (DPSC) – has been named one of the top 10 9-1-1 Centers of 2015, that according to the editorial staff at 911DispatcherEDU.org.



  • The Fairfax County Office of Elections has received a 2015 Best Practices Award from the National Association of County Recorders, Election Officials and Clerks (NACRC) for making voter information accessible through a mobile app and Interactive Voice Recognition (IVR) phone system.
  • Library Director Clay Receives Virginia Library Association Award. The award “represents an individual or organization whose activity has contributed to the development, growth and extension of library and information services in the local community, the state or the nation.” For more than 30 years, Clay has served as the director of the Fairfax County Public Library. During his tenure, four regional and five community branches were added to the county library system and five older branches were renovated. Clay was instrumental in establishing the Fairfax Library Foundation, which has donated more than $7.5 million to the Fairfax County Public Library since its inception in 1995.
  • A local team championed by the Fairfax-Falls Church Community Services Board (CSB) has received international recognition for its excellent wellness-oriented programming for individuals with behavioral health challenges. On August 24, at its international conference in Washington, D.C., the Copeland Center for Wellness and Recovery presented its WRAP® Center of Excellence Award/Certification to the Fairfax / Falls Church WRAP Team.This group of skilled, innovative facilitators offers Wellness Recovery Action Plan workshops and other evidence-based educational experiences to help individuals achieve and sustain their recovery.


2015 Fairfax County VACo Achievement Award Winners:

  • Health and Human Services — Eat and Run
    • Working together, the Fairfax County Office for Children and Live Healthy Fairfax used funding received through the Community Transformation Grant under the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to develop an activity book “EAT and RUN.” The book contains 15 eat and 15 run activities designed to help child care providers incorporate good nutrition and fitness into their daily programs. The “EAT and RUN” book has also been an effective tool for recruiting providers to join the USDA Child and Adult Care Food Program, which assists family child care providers to give healthy, nutritious meals to children. This model ready-made book of activities can be used in child care programs to combat obesity in children and can also be used to recruit family child care providers into the USDA Child and Adult Care Food Program.

  • Organizational Development — Employee Lifecycle Retention Program
    • The Fairfax County Department of Family Services (DFS) has created an evidence-based, three-pronged approach to comprehensive onboarding and retention of employees. This Employee Lifecycle Retention Program includes learning maps designed to accelerate new employees’ access to essential information critical to success during their first six months of employee; career management plans with standards, tools and processes to engage employees throughout the lifecycle of their employment and a Pulse Check System to regular monitor the state of the workforce. This program offers unique and innovate solutions to retention of employees in a large and complex department.

  • Health and Human Services — Father Engagement Program
    • The Fairfax County Department of Family Services (DFS) created the Father Engagement Program with the belief that fathers are irreplaceable and play important roles in the lives of their children. The program is further grounded in the beliefs that there is a direct link between positive father involvement and child well-being and development, that fathers also contribute to their children’s safety and permanency and father inclusion leads to better outcomes for children. The programs supports these beliefs through training of child welfare staff, implementation of effective engagement strategies, development of policies and practice guidelines that are father inclusive, and collaboration with systems of care agencies and community-based organizations to meet the unique needs of fathers and their families.

  • Customer Service — Self-Directed Services
    • The Fairfax-Falls Church Community Services Board (CSB) offers Self-Directed Services as one of its day support and employment service program options for individuals with intellectual disability. With SDS, the CSB contracts with and provides funds directly to a family, under an individualized capped budget, and the family chooses and purchases the day support or employment services that they believe will most benefit and suit their family member. Families can use Self-Directed Services funds to purchase any of a wide range of training, support and supervision services, including many types of skills development (skills for daily living and safety, integrating into community life and work environments, social/personal skills, etc.), as well as educational and volunteer activities.

  • Environmental-Stream Crime Investigation
    • The Stream Crime Investigation (SCI) lab is a hands-on exercise for high school students that emulates the process by which real stormwater scientists identify and track the sources of pollutants in a storm drainage network. Participants use kitchen chemistry reactions to identify the cause of mysterious waterborne illnesses in a fictional town. The activity offers a new service to Fairfax County Public Schools and connects students to a real world application of stormwater science presented by specialists in the field. Students who participate in the lab expand their working knowledge of watershed science, practice scientific thinking skills, and have the opportunity to meet county scientists to explore possible career choices. SCI expands the administration of Fairfax County’s stormwater outreach program by conveying the complex nature of stormwater science to a new audience. Lastly, the activity promotes further cooperation between the Fairfax County Public School system and the Department of Public Works and Environmental Services. SCI informs residents of the role that Fairfax County’s Stormwater Program plays in protecting the county’s natural resources with a unique insight into a practical application of science in their community.



 Digital Counties Survey Winner Logo    

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:


  • Stormwater Planning Earns 2015 National Achievement Award from the National Association of Couties(NACo). The awards honor innovative, effective county government programs that enhance services for residents. This year’s winner is Stream Crime Investigation (SCI) in the category of children and youth. SCI is a high school laboratory activity that blends presentations with the hands-on experience of lab exercises. The lab experience allows students to participate while they learn, and reinforces improved environmental behavior choices.
  • Kate’s Place Wins NALHFA HOME Excellence Award. The National Association of Local Housing Finance Agencies (NALHFA) has selected Kate’s Place as its HOME Excellence Award winner for 2015.  This award is given to a project that has utilized funding from the federal HOME Investment Partnerships Program.


  • The Friends Groups of the Fairfax County Public Library won the Group Volunteer award at the 2015 Fairfax County Volunteer Service Awards on Friday, April 24. The Volunteer Service Awards honor individuals, groups and organizations that have given outstanding volunteer service through a broad range of activities and programs.


  • 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.

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