2004 Fairfax County Awards
Top Ranking for School System
Expansion Management magazine, which annually ranks U.S. public school systems, ranked Fairfax County Public Schools a Gold Medal recipient in their 14th Annual Education Quotient. This ranking places the county’s school system in the most elite category of places to receive a public education in the United States.
Fairfax County's Citizen Corps Recognized
Two members of the Fairfax County Citizen Corps were recently recognized with “Distinguished Service Awards” for their work with the county’s Citizen Corps program. Merrily Pierce, Fairfax County Citizen Corps Council chairman, and Bob Mizer, Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department community liaison and CERT program coordinator, both received the recognition at the Virginia Public Safety Outreach Conference held in Richmond. Fairfax County’s Citizen Corps program is an initiative that uses a network of volunteer organizations to tap the skills and abilities of citizens to help the community adequately prepare for and to respond quickly to emergencies. The county’s program is a partner in the national and state Citizen Corps program and includes the county’s Neighborhood Watch, Volunteers in Police Service, Community Emergency Response Team, Medical Reserve Corps and affiliate organizations.
Police Department Brings Home Three
Awards at IACP
The Fairfax County Police Department won three awards at the annual conference of the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP). Fairfax County won second place in the Chiefs’ Challenge Championship Class, in which winners from the previous year’s Chiefs’ Challenge compete against each other. Winners in the Chiefs’ Challenge excel in traffic safety enforcement; make a measurable difference in the community; and target three traffic safety priorities: occupant protection, impaired driving and speed enforcement. Fairfax County also tied for first place in the Child Passenger Safety Award and the Impaired Driving Enforcement Award. The county also won the use of an SUV for one year. All winners at the conference were eligible to participate in a drawing for the vehicle. Fairfax County picked the key that was able to turn on an emergency light bar and will take delivery of the Ford Excursion Police vehicle on Tuesday, Jan. 11, at 11:30 a.m. Members of the auxiliary police will use the vehicle for a motorists’ assistance vehicle along the Fairfax County Parkway and other county roads.
Hunter Mill Supervisor Presented Leadership Washington
Fairfax County Supervisor Catherine M. Hudgins (Hunter Mill District) was presented a Regional Leadership Award by Leadership Washington Inc. at a special meeting in October. The award is to honor individuals and groups who have worked to connect and promote the National Capital Area as one regional community. Leadership Washington is a network of select area leaders who share ideas and contacts with the goal of creating safer and more vibrant local communities.
Park Authority Wins Awards from VRPS
The Virginia Recreation and Park Society presented the Fairfax County Park Authority awards at the annual VRPS conference. The awards recognized the outstanding accomplishments by individuals and organizations in the field of recreation and parks throughout Virginia. Named Best Promotional Effort in an Electronic Media, for communities with populations greater than 150,000, was the “Sully Slave Quarter: From the Ground Up” video. The 40-minute video was produced in-house by the Park Authority. The Athletic Field Maintenance Guide was also named Best Promotional Effort for a Specialty Piece. Produced by the Park Operations Division, the guide is a popular tool for many adopt-a-field program participants as well as local sports league representatives.
NRPA Awards the Reston Community Center a 2004 Kudos
The National Recreation and Park Association awarded the Reston Community Center the 2004 Kudos Marketing and Communications Award for “Best Recreation Catalogue (Population 100,000+).” Selected from applicants throughout the United States, the Kudos Awards are intended to recognize the agencies and organizations (serving both above and below 100,000 people) that best market or communicate the value of recreation to the public. The “Best Recreation Catalogue Award” specifically recognizes the best print catalogues distributed to the public that highlight the recreational offerings of agencies as well as the benefits of such programs. Reston Community Center features a variety of recreational offerings including over 1,000 classes, workshops, trips, and activities. Specifically, its facilities include an indoor swimming complex, a 290-seat professional theater, a fully equipped woodshop and photo lab, a computer lab, a ceramics studio, a professional art gallery, a dance/fitness room, and a wide variety of meeting and activity rooms.
Public Affairs Recognized with Two Gold Awards
The Office of Public Affairs received two Gold Finalist awards in the MarCom Creative Awards program. The Courier newsletter received a gold award in the employee publication/internal newsletter category while the “Breaking Ground, Making History” program produced for the Judicial Center groundbreaking ceremony received a gold award in the marketing/promotion/materials category. The Courier also received an honorable mention for the photo contest issue in the employee publication/special edition category.
Fairfax County Wins Four Awards for Excellence in Financial
Once again, both Fairfax County’s Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) and the annual budget have been recognized by the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) for excellence in financial reporting and budgeting. GFOA is a nonprofit professional association, with approximately 16,000 members in the United States and Canada, dedicated to the sound management of government financial resources. For the 27th consecutive year, the county received the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting from GFOA for the CAFR for the fiscal year that ended June 30, 2003. The Certificate of Achievement is the highest form of recognition in the area of governmental accounting and financial reporting, and its attainment represents a significant accomplishment by Fairfax County.
Earns Recognition by EPA and USDOT's Best Workplaces for
Fairfax County is one of only 20 county governments nationwide to be recognized with the designation as one of the Best Workplaces for CommutersSM. Established by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), this public-private sector voluntary program advocates for employee commuter benefits. The program also showcases the efforts of many top employers to help employees overcome or eliminate various commute-related hurdles so that employees can arrive at work safely, on time, and ready to work.
Channel 16 Wins Eight NATOA Awards
The Fairfax County Government cable Channel 16 was recognized with eight government programming awards from the National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors. Channel 16 won three honorable mentions, two third place honors, two second place awards and one first place award. The first place was a promo for Celebrate Fairfax. Second place awards included a program on Clemyjontri Park and a program on the Computer Learning Centers Partnership. A complete list of Channel 16 awards can be found online.
Honors Fairfax County’s Wastewater Management Program for Environmental
Fairfax County’s Noman M. Cole Jr. Pollution Control Plant recently received the Gold Peak Performance Award from the Association of Metropolitan Sewerage Agencies to recognize the facility’s outstanding accomplishments in wastewater treatment and environmental protection of water quality in the county, as well as improvement of the Chesapeake Bay water quality. The Gold Award pays special tribute to those municipal wastewater treatment facilities that achieve 100 percent compliance with all National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permit limits during a calendar year.
Park Authority Wins Two Apex Awards
ParkNews, the Park Operation’s Athletic Field Maintenance Manual and the 2003 Annual Report for Planning and Development were awarded 2004 Apex awards for Publication Excellence. The awards recognize compelling graphics design, outstanding editorial content and the ability to achieve overall communications excellence done by professional communicators. The three publications were among 5,500 entries submitted throughout the country.
Hunter Mill Supervisor Given Humanitarian of the Year
Fairfax County Supervisor Catherine M. Hudgins (Hunter Mill District) received the Humanitarian of the Year Award at the Annual Educational Leadership Awards ceremony. The award was presented by The Arc of Northern Virginia and the event was hosted by Riggs Bank.
Channel 16 Brings Home Four Awards for Innovative
Fairfax County Government cable Channel 16 won four awards for innovative programs at the 27th annual Alliance for Community Media’s national Hometown Video Festival, including two first-place awards. Channel 16, the county’s government television station, is part of the county’s Department of Cable Communications and Consumer Protection. Channel 16 programs “Information Avenue” and “Your Community, Your Call,” a live format program focusing on homeowners’ association issues, both received top awards. “Information Avenue” was recognized in the information feature category while “Your Community, Your Call” was recognized as the best in the live format category. Channel 16 also received two honorable mentions in the national awards program, winning in the Public Service Announcement and Short Subject categories. The station’s dog license PSA and a feature on Clemyjontri Park were both honored. The Hometown Video Festival featured 4,067 entries in 45 categories. Entries were received from 33 states and three Canadian provinces.
Reston Community Center Wins NACIO Award of
The Reston Community Center’s Media Department won a 2004 Award of Excellence for the RCC Program Guide in the external publications, population over 500,000 category/state associations from the National Association of County Information Officers.
Virginia Public Relations Awards
The Fairfax County Office of Public Affairs won two awards at the 57th annual Virginia Public Relations Awards program, sponsored by the Richmond Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America. The Office of Public Affairs was honored with Merit Awards in the Practices Division, Crisis Communications category for the “Emergency Communication Response to Landsdowne Earth Slide” and in the Practices Division, Internal Communications category for “NewsLink,” an e-mail newsletter for employees distributed by OPA.
County Attorney Inaugurated as President of Virginia State
Fairfax County Attorney David P. Bobzien was inaugurated as the Virginia State Bar’s new president on Friday, June 18. Notably, he is the first government attorney to hold this post in the group’s 66-year history. He began his one-year term as president for an expanding organization, which grew its active membership by nearly 12 percent between 1997 to 2002. Over the years, Bobzien has served the Virginia State Bar in other capacities, including as a member of the VSB council, the executive committee, the budget and finance committee and as past chair of the local government law section.
Deputy County Executive Inaugurated as President of Virginia
Local Government Management Association
Deputy Fairfax County Executive Robert A. Stalzer was inaugurated as the president of the Virginia Local Government Management Association, a nonprofit organization composed primarily of city, town and county managers and key members of their management teams. Over the past nine years, Stalzer has held a number of positions with the association. Most recently, he served as a first vice president responsible for budget and ethics from 2002 - 2003, and he chaired the technology committee during this period. From 2001 - 2002, he was a second vice president and liaison to the member support committee, chairing the member recruitment and retention committee, as well. Prior to that, Stalzer was a third vice president and chair of the professional development committee from 2000 - 2001. In 1999 - 2000, he was secretary and he chaired the 2000 winter conference. And, Stalzer spent two years on the executive committee from 1995 - 1997.
County Communicators Win National Awards
The Office of Public Affairs, the Park Authority and the Reston Community Center received national awards at the National Association of Government Communicators Blue Pencil/Gold Screen awards program. The Office of Public Affairs was recognized with two first place awards in the national competition – one for the Courier employee newsletter and the other for the Fairfax County Government Communicators e-newsletter. The Park Authority won an award of excellence in the photography portfolio category while the Reston Community Center took home a second place award in the brochures/booklets (51 percent or more produced in-house) category for its 2003-2004 CenterStage Performing Arts Season brochure.
Fairfax County Wins 2004 Counties Care for Kids
The Fairfax County Office for Children’s Early Head Start/Family Child Care Partnership Program received the National Association of Counties’ 2004 “Counties Care for Kids” award at a special ceremony in Washington D.C. during National County Government Week. The partnership program works with family child care providers to provide Early Head Start services (including child care) to income-eligible families with children from birth to age three. Since 2000, more than 30 family child care providers have provided EHS services over 100 infants and toddlers. In addition to child care and early childhood education, families receive assistance with medical care, parent education, and family literacy. EHS family child providers receive a monthly stipend, child care equipment and supplies, and training. EHS child care specialists visit their homes twice a month to provide technical assistance. The partnership program also benefits from having two funding sources – Head Start and OFC’s Child Care Assistance and Referral program, which subsidizes child care costs for low-income working families.
Reston Community Center’s Thanksgiving Food Drive Wins National
The Reston Community Center’s Thanksgiving Food Drive was recognized as one of the nation’s top volunteer programs by the National Association of Counties’ 2004 Acts of Caring Awards Program. RCC’s Thanksgiving Food Drive was hailed as a model for the nation after a careful review by judges from the Points of Light Foundation, the American Red Cross, the American Library Association, America’s Promise—the Alliance for Youth, and the National Association of Volunteer Programs in Local Government. The awards program is sponsored by the National Association of Counties (NACo) in partnership with Nationwide Retirement Solutions. RCC’s Thanksgiving Food Drive is an annual event that benefits Reston Interfaith, and is co-sponsored by the Greater Reston Chamber of Commerce. During November 2003, a record 20,000 lbs of foodstuffs was donated to the Food Drive by Reston Residents and businesses. On Thanksgiving Day 130 Reston volunteers gathered at the Reston Community Center to sort and pack this huge food collection for delivery to the Reston Interfaith food pantry. The National Association of Counties is the only national organization that represents county governments in the United States. NACo works to improve public understanding of counties, serves as a national advocate for counties and provides them with resources to help them find innovative methods to meet the challenges they face.
City and County Performance Management Award
Fairfax County was a co-winner (with Miami-Dade) for the City and County Performance Management Award, presented at the organizations’ annual conference in San Diego by The Performance Institute, a private, nonpartisan think tank dedicated to improving government through the principles of performance, competition, transparency and accountability. The Performance Management Award recognizes outstanding contributions in performance-based management in five core functional areas: strategic planning, budgeting, human resources management, information technology and procurement/contracting. Nominees must establish that their localities have shown measurable success in these areas, aligning each function with city/countywide goals. To be considered, a jurisdiction must incorporate jurisdiction-wide outcome measures into a comprehensive performance-based system. Fairfax County’s recent effort to establish strategic linkages in the annual budget between the county’s core purpose and vision elements formed the basis for earning this award. This included linking resources with services, and particularly the countywide and agency-specific performance measures that demonstrate accountability for achieving the strategic vision.
President’s Volunteer Service Award
The Volunteer and Intern Program of Alcohol and Drug Services, a division of the Fairfax/Falls Church Community Services Board, received the President’s Volunteer Service Award from the President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation. The President’s Volunteer Service Award is a Presidential program that recognizes individuals, families and groups that have achieved a certain standard of commitment to volunteer service, as measured by the number of hours served over a 12 month period. The ADS Volunteer and Intern Program recorded 16,541 hours in fiscal year 2004, and was recognized at the Gold, or highest, level.
Virginia Association of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors
The Honorable Judge Jane DelBridge of the Juvenile Domestic Relations Court has been named Citizen of the Year for her long time advocacy for children and families and her instrumental role in implementing the Juvenile Drug Court by the Virginia Association of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors. Sherida Prince of Alcohol and Drug Services was also honored by the Virginia Association of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors with the Distinguished Service Award for her work in advocating for the recovering person through her leadership in the Substance Abuse and Recovery Alliance of Northern Virginia/Fairfax.
HOPE 2003 Award Presented to Department of Community and
United Leaning, a division of Discovery Communications, honored the Fairfax County Department of Community and Recreation Services with the HOPE 2003 Award for Outstanding Prevention Efforts in K-12 Education for the Get Real About Violence program. This award is presented annually to organizations for their leadership in violence prevention with programs that make a difference for today's youth. The primary goal of the Fairfax County GRAV program is to reduce the prevalence of violent behavior among middle school students.
Job Hut Wins National Award
The Job Hut, an initiative of the Youth Workforce Development Program that the Fairfax County Department of Family Services delivers under contract with the Northern Virginia Workforce Investment Board, won the National Association of Workforce Boards’ 2004 Theodore E. Small Workforce Partnership Award. The award was presented March 14 at the NAWB 2004 Conference Banquet.
Chairman Connolly Selected to Serve on Foundation for Virginia
Board of Directors (Feb. 6)
Fairfax County Board of Supervisors Chairman Gerald E. Connolly has been selected to serve on the Board of Directors of the Foundation for Virginia, which was founded to raise public awareness about the need to invest in Virginia’s core services – education, transportation, public safety, health care and the environment. The Foundation for Virginia is committed to:
• Raise public awareness on the issues affecting Virginia’s core services
• Advocate for public policy solutions that will assure Virginia’s prosperity
• Build grassroots support for legislation that will strengthen Virginia’s future
The Foundation for Virginia is a broad based organization with bipartisan support from Gov. Mark Warner, Republican and Democratic leaders in the General Assembly, local government officials, education officials, business leaders and community leaders throughout Virginia.
Fairfax County Solid Waste Division Recycling Event Wins First
Place (Feb. 20)
Fairfax County was recognized as the first-place winner of the second national America Recycles Day Inc. award contest, which recognizes organizations that held extraordinary community recycling events. Fairfax County took top honors and was awarded $7,500 for its Nov. 15, 2003, America Recycles Day events, which included the launch of the Recycle Guys awareness campaign, a community recycling road show featuring collections of computers, shoes, cell phones and bicycles to benefit local community organizations and extensive media coverage. Over 850 events were held throughout the nation in celebration of America Recycles Day. Organizations with events listed on the ARD Web site were eligible to compete for a share of the $25,000 award sponsored by the Recycle America Alliance, Inc. Winners were announced earlier this month. Entries were judged on the event’s originality and creativity, amount of local participation, recognition and success created and the ability of the event to be replicated. Richard Abramowitz, America Recycles Day board member and regional manager for the Recycle America Alliance said, “The event held in Fairfax County was one of several outstanding events held throughout the United States. We’re pleased to be able to recognize organizations that went the extra mile for recycling and America Recycles Day.”
Library Director Selected as Community Champion
Volunteer Fairfax has selected Fairfax County Public Library Director Edwin S. Clay III as a 2004 Community Champion. Clay will be honored at Volunteer Fairfax’ annual awards ceremony in April at the McLean Hilton. The Library system had a longstanding tradition of working with volunteers even before Clay’s arrival in 1982. Clay established a volunteer office in 1993, hiring volunteer coordinator Katharine Wanderer to direct the system’s volunteer recruitment, training, evaluation and recognition efforts. Since then, the number of library volunteers has grown to more than 3,200. In fiscal year 2003, volunteers donated more than 162,000 hours to the Library system; the value of their contribution has been estimated at more than $2 million. The Library was the site of VolunteerFest 2003, Volunteer Fairfax’s celebration of national Make a Difference Day. More than 500 people volunteered with the Library, including groups from corporations, community organizations, schools and scouting troops.
Supervisor Hyland Appointed to National
Fairfax County Supervisor Gerry Hyland (Mount Vernon District) was appointed to serve on the National Association of Counties Family Economic Success Advisory Committee. The recently formed committee will continue the work of NACo’s Early Childhood Development Taskforce by promoting county activities for young children and their families. The committee will work on strategies to support working parents by promoting job retention and advancement and providing information on the Earned Income Tax Credit. The committee is being funded by a grant from the Annie E. Casey Foundation. First elected Mount Vernon District supervisor in 1987, Hyland is serving his fifth term on the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors. In addition to service on many board committees, Hyland has served on various regional, state and national boards and committees, including Virginia Rail Express, Northern Virginia Transportation Commission, Human Resources and Public Safety Committee, Commission on Population, Growth and Development, and Virginia Association of Counties. Created in 1935, the National Association of Counties is a full service organization that provides legislative, research, technical and public affairs assistance to county governments.