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St. Lucie County Earns Multiple NACo Achievement Awards

Post Date:05/11/2018 9:04 AM

For the ninth consecutive year, the St. Lucie County Board of County Commissioners has been recognized by the National Association of Counties (NACo) with multiple awards for its programs and efforts. Various county departments, along with community partners, earned 2018 Achievement Awards and a Best in Category Winner in four categories.

“The County Commissioners are fortunate enough to see the daily efforts St. Lucie County’s staff put forth in doing their jobs and finding unique ways to improve efficiencies, save tax dollars and protect our natural resources. It’s even more gratifying when those efforts are recognized at the national level and our programs are shared with the thousands of other counties across the country, so that they can adopt some of these same concepts for their residents,” explained St. Lucie County Commission Chair Frannie Hutchinson.

The 2018 Achievement Awards were earned for:

  • “St. Lucie County’s Financial Life Skills Training with Inmates” in the category of Financial Management. This program, which also earned a Best in Category Award, was developed by UF/IFAS St. Lucie Extension’s Financial Life Skills Training with Inmates. Conducted by Community Resource Development Agent Carol Alberts with inmates participating in the re-entry related program through the St. Lucie County Jail’s Spiritual Dorm, participants learned about setting financial goals, using a spending plan, managing credit and more in this sixteen part interactive series.
  • “Giving Sea Turtles A Safe Path Through Social Media and Outreach” in the category of County Resiliency: Infrastructure, Energy and Sustainability. This project was an effort to help St. Lucie County have one of lowest sea turtle disorientation rates in the state through public education, social media and outreach. The program included staff from St. Lucie County’s Code Compliance Division; UF/IFAS Extension Office, Communications Division; Environmental Resources Department; Florida Power & Light, Fort Pierce Utilities Authority and the Manatee Education & Outreach Center.
  • “St. Lucie County's Guided Nature Program Series” in the category of Parks and Recreation. The key to what makes this popular program such a success is the highly trained contract Hike Leaders and Hike Volunteers, overseen by the Environmental Resources Department.  Each year the county adds on more programs providing interpretive paddling adventures and free educational hikes reaching our largest audience to date with more than 900 attendees. This program is open to both residents and visitors and is designed to immerse participants in the wild beauty of St. Lucie County’s 10,000 acres of preserved lands.
  • “Student Perks: It's More Than Coffee” in the category of Children and Youth. In partnership with St. Lucie Public Schools, the Board of County Commissioners created a weekly coffee cart program, giving students the opportunity to run a coffee shop inside the County Administration Complex, offering real-world experience and providing much needed snacks and coffee to county employees.

Overall, St. Lucie County has received nearly two dozen NACo Achievement Awards over the past nine years for its various programs and services.  

NACo President Roy Charles Brooks said: “Counties seize opportunities to deliver services more efficiently and build stronger communities every day. Achievement Award-winning programs are examples for counties that are determined to enhance services for our residents.”

Nationally, awards are given in 18 different categories that reflect the vast, comprehensive services counties provide. The categories include children and youth, criminal justice, county administration, information technology, health, civic engagement and many more. NACo will recognize award-winning counties at its 2018 Annual Conference and Exposition July 13-16 in Nashville/Davidson County, Tenn. 

Started in 1970, NACo’s annual Achievement Awards program is designed to recognize county government innovations. Each nominee is judged on its own merits and not against other applications received. Learn more at www.naco.org.

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