Loudoun County, Va. (June 15, 2015 ) – Loudoun County has been recognized by the National Association of Counties with six NACo Achievement Awards.
- Arts and Historic Preservation – Putting Loudoun’s History at the Fingertips of Loudoun’s Citizens: Loudoun County possesses court records dating back to the county’s founding in 1757. The Clerk of the Circuit Court has instituted aggressive preservation programs to protect the records and initiated scanning programs to convert the historic papers to digital images. These digital images are posted online. Learn more at www.loudoun.gov/clerk-archives.
- Information Technology – Electronic Commerce – Electronic Recording of Deeds and Land Records: To reduce traffic congestion and reduce visits to the courthouse, the Clerk of the Circuit Court led an effort to implement an electronic commerce program that allows professionals who prepare legal documents to submit those documents electronically. More information is online at www.loudoun.gov/erecording.
- Libraries – You Belong @ Your Library: As part of the inclusive environment envisioned in its strategic plan, the Loudoun County Public Library (LCPL) created a three-tier continuum of programs titled “You Belong @ Your Library” that promote literacy and social connections for children, teens and adults with intellectual disabilities , sensory integration challenges, autism spectrum disorder, and physical disabilities. More information about LCPL is online at library.loudoun.gov.
- Parks and Recreation – The Use of Voluntary GIS to Map Park and Trail Amenities: The Loudoun County Government and AOL partnered to map the amenities of the Washington and Old Dominion Trail (W&OD). Working with staff from the Office of Mapping and Geographic Information and the W&O D Regional Park, AOL employees fanned out on bicycles along the trail and used their cell phones to obtain GIS coordinates and photos of amenities. The resulting crowd-sourced map is online at www.loudoun.gov/wodmap .
- Planning – Dulles Community Outreach Program: The purpose of the project, directed by the Board of Supervisors, is to conduct a dialogue with citizens of the Dulles community to identify neighborhood and community-wide priorities and to develop recommended strategies to aid in future planning and programmatic activities. The project has used multiple platforms and media for outreach, including innovative new technologies such as crowdsourced mapping. Details are online at www.loudoun.gov/dullescommunityoutreach.
- Transportation – Keeping Loudoun Moving – Eastern Loudoun Transportation Study: In 2012, the Board of Supervisors directed staff to develop a report that would identify deficiencies and missing links in the transportation network in fast-growing eastern Loudoun. The report would provide information on network deficiencies; missing links in the network; an estimated cost to build the missing links and address the network deficiencies; an inventory of development proffers including an analysis of the timing of the proffers; an analysis of the right-of-way availability; and a summary of potential funding sources. The completed study serves as a foundation for future transportation improvements. More information is online at www.loudoun.gov/easternloudountransportationstudy.
NACo President Riki Hokama said, “The National Association of Counties applauds county governments that are embracing innovative and more effective ways to serve their constituents. The Achievement Awards recognize counties’ outstanding efforts to strengthen services and deliver results for residents across the country.”