Adams County Wins National Association of Counties Awards

Three Adams County initiatives have been recognized with an Achievement Award from the National Association of Counties (NACo). The awards honor innovative, effective county government programs that enhance services for residents. 

Due to its exceptional results and unique innovations, the District Plan received the Best of Category award for Planning. In an innovative collaboration, Adams County and the City of Brighton developed the District Plan to encourage smart growth, sustainability, innovative economic development, agritourism, and farmland preservation. The plan promotes agritourism through a new land-use category, Local District Mixed Use, which encourages food cultivation and processing alongside compatible mixed-use development.

“It’s exciting that the District Plan has attracted national attention for its unique and progressive methods to preserve an agricultural way of life in the Brighton area,” said senior planning strategist Rachel Bacon. “We look forward to continue the work to shape the positive development of this area for years to come.”

The county won another Achievement Award in the Planning category for the Making Connections in Southwest Adams County Planning and Implementation Plan, which identifies 40 priority policies and projects involving infrastructure, development, transportation, health, and more to provide a higher quality of life for residents and businesses in the area.

Adams County also notched an award in the Criminal Justice and Public Safety category for the Justice and Health Dashboard and Analytic Tool. This tool coordinates anonymized records from the jail system with the county’s mental health agency to deliver real-time data to analyze ways to divert those with a mental illness to treatment instead of incarceration.

“Counties overcome complex challenges, provide essential services, and constantly do more with less,” said NACo President Bryan Desloge. “We applaud these Achievement Award-winning counties for outstanding efforts to improve residents’ quality of life.”

NACo will recognize award-winning counties at its 2017 Annual Conference and Exposition July 21–24 in Franklin County, Ohio.

Started in 1970, NACo’s annual Achievement Award Program is designed to recognize innovative county government programs. Each nominee is judged on its own merits and not against other applications received.