County gov­ern­ment rec­og­nized for in­no­va­tive, ef­fec­tive pro­grams

Na­tional As­so­ci­a­tion of Coun­ties hon­ors Prince Ge­orge’s with five achieve­ment awards

The Enquire-Gazette - - Front Page - By JOHNATHON CLINKSCALES jclinkscales@somd­news.com

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.”

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