Four Catawba County programs have been named winners of a 2014 National Association of Counties (NACo) Achievement Award.
The winning programs include a Public Health Farmers Market designed to offer fresh fruits and vegetables and improve community health; a computer access terminal that allows citizens at Hickory city hall access to Permit Center staff in Newton; a program that streamlined the process for finding permanent placements for children in foster care, resulting in less trauma for the child and faster decisions; and a Commercial Recycling Program that is one of many initiatives that helped Catawba County attain the number one ranking in the state in recycling, per person, in two of the last three years.
The NACo Achievement Awards program, now in its 43rd year, gives national recognition to significant and innovative programs that improve county organization, management and service delivery. Catawba County has won 199 awards over the history of the NACo program and has been honored during each of its 43 years.
Catawba County’s NACo Awards will be presented to county officials during the association’s annual conference in New Orleans in July. Employees involved in the four programs will be recognized at an upcoming Board of Commissioners meeting and at the annual County Awards Night dinner in October.