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Past County Awards and Recognition

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This year, Chesterfield County received 10 achievement awards from the National Association of Counties. NACo's membership includes more than 2,000 counties nationwide, representing more than 80 percent of the nation's population. The association has been granting yearly, noncompetitive achievement awards since 1970 for innovative programs provided by counties to their residents.

The 2011 award winners are:

Building Inspections – Neighborhood Enhancement Program  

Recognizing that there are an increasing number of subdivisions showing signs of initial decline in property and appearance, this program was developed to enhance the exterior of older neighborhoods, ensure safe housing and living conditions, and to sustain neighborhood vitality and protect neighborhood property values. (Rick Witt, interim building official)

Center for Organizational Excellence – Transition Acceleration: Ensuring a Solid Foundation  

Since the number of long-standing county leaders retiring is increasing, this program was developed to ensure that new leaders are well-grounded in the county's culture and ready to perform at the highest levels. This program was created to assist emerging leaders with establishing relationships, skills and abilities to transition to new roles. This is accomplished through guided conversations that accelerate important conversations around working styles, performance expectations, personal development and resource allocation. (Kevin Bruny, director and chief learning officer)

Circuit Court Clerk's Office – Commonwealth Online Court Orders  

Chesterfield County's Circuit Court Clerk partnered with Virginia Interactive and the Virginia Information Technologies Agency to implement an online system in which criminal court orders are securely prepared, electronically entered by the appropriate judge, and immediately made available online to authorized criminal-justice agencies and correctional facilities. (Judy Worthington, clerk of Circuit Court)

Economic Development and Libraries – My Business Starts Here  

Chesterfield Economic Development and the Chesterfield County Public Library have partnered to offer residents seamless service and resources for their small-business needs. This initiative creates a multipronged approach that enables residents to easily access the information they need to begin or expand small businesses. A new Web portal directs entrepreneurs to solutions for their business questions. (Karen Aylward, development manger and Anna Wilson-Stillwell, librarian)

Environmental Engineering – Riparian Stewardship Program  

The Department of Environmental Engineering collaborated with a local nonprofit organization, Friends of Chesterfield's Riverfront, to develop the Riparian Stewardship Program. The program follows a three-pronged approach that promotes awareness among residents about the importance of riparian buffers and encourages the stewardship of them. (Lorne Field, environmental outreach coordinator)

Environmental Engineering – Consolidation of County BMP Facilities  

This program provides for a more-effective and cost-efficient maintenance and upkeep of county-owned BMP (best management practice) and SWM (storm water management) ponds. Before the program was initiated, the responsibility for the inspection maintenance and upkeep of county ponds was distributed among several different departments. Bringing the responsibility to just one department has resulted in an annual operations budget savings of $20,000. (Jerry Duffy, drainage superintendent)

Fire and Emergency Medical Services – CommandSim Training Project  

This project is an all-hazards emergency incident simulation project that encompasses an integrated program managed by the department's personnel management and development division. This division, in partnership with the operations division, uses the CommandSim program to train, test and evaluate personnel in the responsibilities of command and control of emergency incidents, as well as for tactics and strategy training. (Mark Nugent, director of community relations)

Libraries – El Día de los Niños / El Día de los Libros (Children's Day/ Book Day)  

This event is a cultural festival sharing Hispanic arts and culture while promoting children's literacy. The goals were to create an awareness of the library and its resources among the Hispanic community, and to educate residents regarding the importance of childhood literacy regardless of language or culture. (Anna Wilson-Stillwell, librarian)

Libraries – Summer Reading Carnival  

This event kicked off the 2010 Summer Reading Program, which was designed to keep children engaged in reading and literacy throughout the summer. The carnival is a way to bring customers into the branches and offer participants a fun and positive interaction with the library and its staff. This includes activities such as face painting, balloon twisting, music, a bounce castle and carnival food. Anna Wilson-Stillwell, librarian)

Mental Health Support Services – A New Lease on Life: Integration of Primary Care and Behavioral Health Services  

Chesterfield County's Department of Mental Health Support Services, in partnership with four area agencies, received a four-year challenge grant from the Virginia Health Care Foundation and embarked on an innovative program that integrates medical and behavioral health services for uninsured individuals with serious mental illness. Prior to the implementation of this program, these people had no access to primary care services and were without care for their chronic medical conditions. (Dr. Asha Mishra, medical director)

Mental Health Support Services – Build-A-House  

This cooperative project enables the students at the Chesterfield Technical Center to construct homes on vacant county-owned land. Chesterfield Alternatives Inc. funds the construction expenses, and the completed homes are used by the Chesterfield County Department of Mental Health Support Services to provide affordable and accessible housing to residents with disabilities. The purpose of the program is to provide real work experience for Chesterfield County Public Schools students, while providing long-term housing at a rate below fair-market rent for individuals with disabilities. (Skip Stanley, program services manager)

Risk Management – Safety Training Program  

This program provides employees with several ways to become more aware of the hazards of injuries and hazard prevention. The safety-training program also provides Chesterfield County's Department of Risk Management with the ability to manage, and reduce, the risks associated with workers' compensation claims. The program includes safety training through the new employee orientation program provided monthly, departmental-specific new employee orientations used by departments for initial and refresher training, and safety training courses provided throughout the year. (Jim Carpenter, Loss Prevention Manager)