Henrico wins 24 NACo awards

Henrico County departments and agencies have earned 24 Achievement Awards from the National Association of Counties (NACo), plus a Best in Category honor for an internship program that has provided work experience for dozens of high school and college students since 2013.

Board of Supervisors Chairman Frank J. Thornton will accept the awards July 12 at the 2015 NACo annual conference in Charlotte, N.C. The NACo Achievement Award Program recognizes groundbreaking programs and initiatives in 21 service categories, including children and youth, county administration management, libraries, emergency management and response, and human services.

Henrico’s 24 awards are the most of any county in Virginia for the 10th consecutive year and the sixth most nationally, behind Maricopa County, Ariz.; San Bernardino County, Calif.; San Diego County, Calif.; Montgomery County, Md.; and Los Angeles County, Calif. Each of those counties has at least 2 million residents, except for Montgomery County (986,965). Henrico, which submitted 28 programs for awards, has 321,374 residents.

“Once again, the NACo awards reflect the outstanding work that Henrico’s employees do every day for our community,” County Manager John A. Vithoulkas said. “These awards also highlight the work ethic that is ingrained in our culture. Every day, our employees are challenged to identify and solve problems, to innovate and to look for ways to better meet the needs of our residents.”

The Department of Human Resources won an Achievement Award and a Best in Category honor for “Internship Program: Preparing the Workforce of Tomorrow.” Started in summer 2013, Henrico’s internship program provides work opportunities for students who are in high school or college or are pursuing an advanced degree. A total of 127 interns have participated in the program, receiving either pay or educational credits. In addition, Henrico has hired four participants to either full- or part-time positions. An internship coordinator works with county departments and colleges and universities to determine how internships might benefit all parties.

Henrico has earned 548 NACo awards since 1985. Henrico’s awards in 2015 recognize the efforts of eight general government departments and Henrico County Public Schools (HCPS). HCPS and Henrico County Public Library collected six and five awards, respectively, more than any other Henrico department or agency. The Department of Human Resources earned at least one award for the 29th consecutive year, a feat unmatched by any other human resources agency in the country.

Henrico’s award-winning programs and their submitting agencies are listed below. Detailed descriptions of the programs are available online at henrico.us/manager/programs/naco-awards.

• Springer Preschool Academy: Parents Night Out, Henrico County Public Schools

• Education in Racing: How STEM Plays a Role in NASCAR, Henrico County Public Schools

• The Un-Initiative, Henrico County Public Schools

• A Systematic Process for Evaluating Educational Programs, Henrico County Public Schools

• Operations Professional Development Initiative, Henrico County Public Schools

• Culinary Experience: Serving Our Campus and Glen Allen Cultural Arts Center, Henrico County Public Schools

• Jumpstart Your Summer Teen Volunteer Fair, Henrico County Public Library

• Promoting Online Homework Help to Teens, Henrico County Public Library

• Teen Community Emergency Response Teams, Henrico County Public Library

• Study Abroad, Henrico County Public Library

• Summer Reading Club Trophy Challenge, Henrico County Public Library

• Teen Summer Fire Academy, Fire

• Hermitage Career and Technical Emergency Medical Technician Course, Fire

• Amateur Radio Emergency Services Program, Fire

• Field Training Medic Program, Fire

• Jail Diversion, Henrico Area Mental Health & Developmental Services

• Coping Skills Group, Henrico Area Mental Health & Developmental Services

• Substance Abuse Walk-in Clinic, Henrico Area Mental Health & Developmental Services

• Environmental & Sustainability Management System: Cost Cutting Tools, Human Resources

• Internship Program: Developing the Workforce of Tomorrow, Human Resources

• Vacuum Leaf Program, Public Works

• TEMPO Dashboard, Police

• Leasing Company Electronic Billing and Payment Program, Finance

• Development Condition Analysis, Planning
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Reynolds CC dedicates student center


Reynolds Community College recently celebrated the dedication of the Jerry and Mary Owen Student Center, named for longtime supporters of the college who have made numerous investments in it.

Jerry Owen served on the Reynolds College Board from 1984 to 1988, and he and his wife support the college’s scholarship fund and created an endowment for the Reynolds Middle College, which helps students earn a high school equivalency and transition into a degree or workforce credential program. > Read more.

Capital One sponsors ‘Coders Experience’


Capital One hosted its “Coders Experience” event in Richmond and a number of other state locations Oct. 14. The events attracted hundreds of middle school girls, who learned how to create their own mobile apps, hone problem-solving skills and gain software development knowledge. A second day of Coders Experience events will take place Oct. 21. More than 500 Capital One volunteers are participating in the 10 events. > Read more.

Hermitage band member named All-American


The U.S. Army All-American Bowl Presented by American Family Insurance Selection Tour will visit Hermitage H.S. Oct. 19 to recognize Truman Chancy as a 2018 U.S. Army All-American. Hermitage High School will honor Chancy before his classmates, bandmates, family and friends at the high school’s band room during band practice, and he will be presented with his honorary All-American Marching Band jacket. > Read more.

Crime Stoppers’ Crime of the Week: Oct. 16, 2017


This week, Metro Richmond Crime Stoppers is asking for the public to assist the Richmond Police Department in the identification of wayward artists that were using buildings as their canvas.

In the early morning hours of Sept. 14, four people were recorded on security cameras vandalizing multiple properties in the area of the 2500 blocks of West Main Street and Floyd Avenue. The suspects (pictured) were walking north on Robinson Street and spray painting the properties as they meandered along. > Read more.

Slipping through


Hermitage quarterback Jay Carney escapes defenders during the Panthers' 33-0 win against Godwin Friday night. Hermitage is 8-0 and has won its past four games by a combined score of 172-28. > Read more.

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