Henrico wins National Association of Counties awards for 28 programs

Henrico County departments and agencies recently earned 28 Achievement Awards from the National Association of Counties for innovative programs, with two also recognized in the new 100 Brilliant Ideas at Work category.

The County Manager’s Office received an Achievement Award and a 100 Brilliant Ideas at Work honor for an initiative to offer virtual town halls. The effort, led by Board of Supervisors Chairman Patricia S. O’Bannon, of the Tuckahoe District, allows residents to watch and participate in public meetings via a live stream over the internet.

The Henrico County Public Library collected both honors for a program that gives young library patrons an intuitive way to find books of interest. The Children’s and Teen Neighborhood Collections effort organizes books by subject matter in the children’s section and by emotion and mood in the teen section, reflecting how those young users tend to browse for titles.

Board of Supervisors Vice Chairman Frank J. Thornton, of the Fairfield District, is expected to accept the awards July 22-23 at the 2017 NACo annual conference in Columbus, Ohio. The NACo Achievement Awards Program recognizes groundbreaking programs and initiatives in 18 service categories, including children and youth, county administration and management, libraries, risk and emergency management, and human services.

Henrico’s 28 awards, which stemmed from 33 entries, are the most of any county in Virginia for the 12th consecutive year and the seventh most nationally, behind San Diego County, Calif.; Maricopa County, Ariz.; San Bernardino County, Calif.; Miami-Dade County, Fla.; Los Angeles County, Calif.; and Montgomery County, Md. Those counties have between 1 million and more than 10 million residents; Henrico has about 326,000 residents, according to U.S. Census Bureau estimates.

With two programs recognized in the Brilliant Ideas at Work category, Henrico tied Loudoun County for the most in Virginia.

“Henrico is recognized across the country as a great place to live, and it’s no accident that the county’s general government also stands among the best,” County Manager John A. Vithoulkas said. “Each day, our employees accept the challenge to do all they can to improve the quality of services to our residents. NACo’s annual awards program gives us a chance to gauge how well we are innovating and adapting to the needs of our dynamic community.”

Henrico has earned 604 NACo awards since 1985. The awards in 2017 recognize the efforts of nine general government departments and Henrico County Public Schools (HCPS). HCPS collected nine awards, while Henrico County Public Library earned four awards — more than any other Henrico department or agency. Human Resources earned at least one award for the 31st consecutive year, a feat unmatched by any other human resources agency in the country.

Henrico’s award-winning programs and their submitting agencies are:

• Field of Dreams, Henrico County Public Schools
• Loving: A School’s Behind-the-Scenes Role in a Major Motion Picture, Henrico County Public Schools
• Springer Preschool Academy: Summer with Friends, Henrico County Public Schools
• The “One Lunch” Menu: Improved Learning, Collaboration and Community, Henrico County Public Schools
• Local Government 101: Youth Educational Program, County Manager’s Office
• The Zika Working Group and Pick-a-Day to Fight-the-Bite Initiative, Department of Public Works
• Crisis Intervention Team Mentoring Program, Henrico Area Mental Health & Developmental Services
• Fire Command Officer Exchange Program, Division of Fire
• Pre-Sentencing Jail Diversion Program, Henrico Area Mental Health & Developmental Services
• Residential Fire Risk Identification, Division of Fire
• Streamlined Business Tax Non-Filer Resolution Process, Department of Finance
• The Role of the LPN in Community Education, Henrico County Public Schools
• Client Art Project — An Initiative of the Health and Wellness Committee, Henrico Area Mental Health & Developmental Services
• Coding for Success: Web Development and Programming Collaboration, Henrico County Public Schools
• Digital Citizenship Program, Henrico County Public Schools
• Schoology, Henrico County Public Schools
• Students Giving Back: Technology Training and Refurbishment Program, Henrico County Public Schools
• Virtual Town Halls: Government at Your Fingertips, County Manager’s Office
• Children’s and Teen Neighborhood Collections, Henrico County Public Library
• Community Authors Showcase: Library Promotes Local Authors With “Self-Serve” Events, Henrico County Public Library
• Heritage Wall: A Personal Interaction with Local History, Henrico County Public Library
• Nature Study: Connecting Families to the Outdoors Through the Public Library, Henrico County Public Library
• Creating a Culture of Leadership: Public Works Leadership Discussion Group, Department of Public Works
• Employee Academy: Engaging Employees at All Levels of the Organization, Department of Human Resources
• Unified Workforce Environmental Awareness Training, Department of Human Resources
• Continuing, Cooperative and Comprehensive Transportation Report Process Improvements, Department of Planning
• A Focus on Customer and Employee Safety — Critical Incident Response Program, Police Division
• Fire Apparatus Diesel Particulate Filter Reprocessing, Division of Fire

Detailed descriptions of the programs are available at http://henrico.us/manager/programs/naco-awards.
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Pet Valu to open in Glen Allen Aug. 26

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The store will offer free samples, goody bags, refreshments, raffles and prizes and kid- and pet-friendly entertainment during its first day of business from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. > Read more.

State issues warning about purebred puppy scam

Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring is warning Virginia consumers about an active fraud involving purebred puppies.

Herring's Consumer Protection Section recently has received a number of reports of consumers entering into agreements to buy a pet with a company they found online, later to learn the website and the company are a scam – and that no such puppy ever existed. > Read more.

Kaine, McEachin to host Service Academy Day

Congressman A. Donald McEachin (VA-04) and Senator Tim Kaine (D-VA) will co-host their Service Academy Day to educate high school students about the service academy nominations process, an honor awarded by members of Congress for students interested in attending a service academy after high school.

The event will take place Saturday, Sept. 16, from 10 a.m. to noon, at Matoaca High School, 17700 Longhouse Lane, Chesterfield 23838. It will provide an opportunity for high school students and parents to learn about the nation’s military academies, a career in military service and the nominations process. > Read more.

Red Cross, Sport Clips offer free haircuts to blood donors

The American Red Cross and Sport Clips are partnering to provide free haircuts to anyone who donates blood or platelets to the Red Cross during September.

Blood donors of all blood types, especially type O negative and O positive, are urgently needed to replenish the blood supply following a critical summer blood shortage. > Read more.

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