Fairfax County 2013 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 recognized as one of the nation's digital government leaders, as it received the third place award in the nationwide 2013 Digital Counties Survey for all jurisdictions with a population greater than 500,000. Fairfax County was credited as a leader by the Center for Digital Government (CDG) for its milestone achievements in open government strategy including e-services and citizen engagement through social media; Fairfax County Unified System (FOCUS) enterprise resources planning initiative for financial management; Integration of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) in a variety of business functions including public safety, land development, constituent services and emergency management; workforce remote access supporting county mobile worker, telework and business readiness goals; and best practices cyber-security program.
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.
In 2013, Fairfax County received three by the National Association of Counties (NACo) 2013 Achievement Awards, including one Best in Category, recognizing effective and innovative programs that contribute to and enhance county government in the U.S. County agencies receiving awards include: the Department of Public Works and Environmental Services, the Park Authority; and the Fairfax County Public Library.
Government Center Innovative Stream Restoration. The Government Center Stream Restoration project was awarded Best in Category in the category of Environmental Protection and Energy. It is an innovative water quality project that included a stream restoration and pond retrofits on county property.
Class and Summer Camp Summits. The Park Authority's Class and Summer Camp Summits bring together staff and partners from across the community to make use of customer feedback, which improves service. The summits draw from an online class evaluation system now in operation for its fourth year that has collected more than 20,000 customer responses evaluating over 700 program titles.
Chantilly Regional Library's Kaleidoscope Storytime: Adaptive Programming for Children on the Autism Spectrum. Since October 2012, staff at the Fairfax County Public Library's Chantilly Regional branch has offered monthly storytime adapted to children on the autism spectrum and with other development challenges. The project arose from an increasing awareness of hte numbers of children on the autism spectrum both nationally and in our local area, as well as inquiries from parent and a regional support group - Parents of Autistic Children.
The Department of Public Works and Environmental Service's Noman M. Cole Jr. Pollution Control Plant received a Platinum Peak Performance Award from the National Association of Clean Water Agencies. This distinction was only given to nine municipal water treatment plants across the nation for meeting federal standards 15 years consecutively.
The county received two 2013 Golden Gavel Awards for the Fairfax Law Foundation. The awards were presented to the Fire and Rescue Department for the 9/11 Memorial and Channel 16, in the media category, for “noteworthy achievements and contributions to the Northern Virginia community."
- The Fairfax County Office of Elections received the annual Elections Administration Best Practices Award for the county's 2012 Election Day Emergency Preparedness Plan.
- The Health Department was recognized with a Grand Award in the 2013 APEX Awards for Publication Excellence Competition in the Campaigns, Programs, and Plans category for our submission of “Fight the Bite: Teaching Kids about Mosquitoes and Ticks”!
Fairfax County Family
Caregiver Support Program received an honorable mention for the
2013 "Best Practices" award from the Commonwealth Council
- Fairfax County staff received the 2013 Sanders-Henn Community Hero Award from the Coalition for Smarter Growth. This honor was given to staff because of their ongoing efforts to make Tysons a green, walkable urban center.
- The Park Authority received four 2013 Blue Pencil and Gold Screen awards from the National Association of Government Communicators for their Take Back the Forest program, Ox Hill Battlefield Park Audio Tour; and Fitness Portrait.
- The Fairfax-Falls Church Community Services Board has been named by the National Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare as a “Program of Significance” for the Mental Health First Aid Award, which recognizes outstanding efforts in delivering Mental Health First Aid based on organizational commitment, extent of reach, community impact, and program sustainability.
- The Virginia Department of Health presented the Sheriff’s Office with the state’s Safety Seat Check Station Challenge Award for inspecting more child safety seats annually than any of the other 121 check stations in Virginia.