Neighborhood Connections Database Wins VACo Award
September 29, 2009
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Marilyn West, Communications Specialist, Neighborhood Connections
Phone: (757) 259-5422
Neighborhood Connections’ database, “Neighborhoods Organizing Ways to Achieve Connections,” (NOWAC) received a Virginia Association of Counties (VACo) 2009 Achievement Award at the September 22 JCC Board of Supervisors meeting. The VACo Achievement Awards is a competitive program open to local government members and recognizes local government programs in awards criteria that include innovation, cooperation and model practices. Neighborhood Connections will also receive a certificate at an official ceremony during VACo’s 2009 Annual Conference in November. VACo exists to support county officials and to effectively represent, promote and protect the interests of counties to better serve the people of Virginia.
VACo received 72 entries for the statewide contest. Neighborhood Connections’ entry was one of 15 award winners. The Honorable Kate Hanley, Secretary of the Commonwealth; Tedd Povar, Associate Director of the Virginia Institute of Government; and Elmer Hodge, former Roanoke County Administrator, served as judges for this year’s statewide awards program.
“We had a record number of entries this year,” said James Campbell, VACo executive director. “This shows that many counties are adapting to the economic environment by developing innovative programs to affect positive change in their community. I am thoroughly impressed by all the quality work that can be replicated throughout the state and country.”
The NOWAC database was named in honor of Ronnie Nowak, Neighborhood Connections’ first director. The database contains general information on James City County Neighborhoods and users can search for specific information (i.e., all neighborhoods with pools or clubhouses or who use management companies) and generate reports. Users can also register for upcoming trainings via the database. NOWAC is available on Neighborhood Connections’ website.
Photo caption: Left to right are Board of Supervisors Chairman James G. Kennedy; VACo Deputy Director for Legislative Affairs Michael Edwards; JCC Neighborhood Connections Director Tressell Carter; Carole Giuliano, JCC Neighborhood Connections; and David Bauernschmidt, JCC Information Technology.