County government recognized for innovative, effective programs
National Association of Counties honors Prince George’s with five achievement awards
Prince George’s County has earned five achievement awards from the National Association of Counties (NACo) for its innovative, effective government programs in the areas of criminal justice and public safety, human services, admin- istration management, community/ economic development as well as infrastructure, energy and sustainability.
NACo honored five of the county’s programs which include the Prince George’s County Fire and EMS Department’s “Adopt- A- Neighborhood” program; the Prince George’s County Department of Social Services’ “Community Resource Advocate” program which is part of the county’s Transforming Neighborhoods Initiative; the Prince George’s County Department of Permitting, Inspections and Enforcement’s “Story of DPIE” program; the Prince George’s County Department of Public Works and Transportation’s “Public-Private Partnership for Wetlands Restoration” program; and the “Prince George’s County and Corvias Solutions Public-Private Partnership,” also called the Clean Water Partnership, for the county’s stormwa- ter retrofitting program, according to a press release from the county executive’s office.
“The counties enter the contest themselves and they submit entries,” said NACo Communications Director David Jackson.
“A jury of experts here at the National Association of Counties and other experts examine all of the entries, looking for best practices in county government and innovative programs that are helping counties deliver services better to their residents.”
Each nominee is judged on its own merits and not against other applications received. Nationally, awards are given in 21 different categories that reflect the vast, comprehensive services counties provide. NACo will recognize award-winning counties at its 2016 Annual Conference and Exposition from July 22-25 in Los Angeles, the press release noted.
“In Maryland, there were 46 winners overall,” Jackson said. “Prince George’s won five, Anne Arundel won two, Baltimore County won three, Hartford County won two and Montgomery County won 34.”
Founded in 1935, NACo unites America’s 3,069 county governments by bringing county officials together to advocate with a collective voice on national policy, exchange ideas and build new leadership skills, pursue transformational county solutions, enrich the public’s understanding of county government and exercise exemplary leadership in public service. Its vision is to support healthy, vibrant and safe counties across the U.S., according to NACo’s website.
“I think these awards show that the [Prince George’s] County government is thinking creatively in how to deliver better services with less money,” Jackson said. “It’s also to show county governments around the country what other people are doing. Hopefully we can all learn from each other and scale things up where it’s possible or adopt best practices from different jurisdictions around the country.”