Improve the lives of citizens and foster a sense of community
- Additional work force and affordable housing options for citizens entered the market with the construction of new homes in New Town, Michelle Point, Liberty Crossing, Pocahontas Square and Ironbound Square. In addition, existing affordable apartments were rehabilitated at the Lafayette and Burnt Ordinary apartment complexes.
- Parker View Apartments, a 67-unit complex for lower-income elderly residents, opened in early 2009. The County worked closely with Bay Aging and other nonprofit agencies to obtain funding and support for the community.
- Social Services received the United States Department of Agriculture Food and Nutrition Services’ Hunger Champion Honorable Mentor Award. The Division is one of eight agencies nationwide to receive the award that recognizes innovative strategies to enroll people in the Food Stamps program.
- Improvements made to area medians, including planting 20 trees in Toano, contribute to the quality of life for citizens.
- The 2008 Historic Triangle Neighborhoods Conference featured workshops on neighborhood identity, asset mapping, decision making, communications and emergency planning.
- Citizens continued to participate in training opportunities organized by County departments to gain a deeper understanding of their local government. Examples include:
- Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) – 50 graduates
Since 2003 over 260 graduates have learned basic survival skills training for themselves, their families and their neighborhoods during emergencies. CERT members are instrumental in communicating between their communities and the Emergency Operations Center during a disaster.
- Citizen Leadership Academy - 16 graduates
Participants gain skills in communication, citizen engagement and networking to strengthen their community and move from talk to action.
- Citizen Police Academy – 32 graduates
Officers present information on traffic enforcement, budgeting and administration, recruitment and training, use of force policy, search and seizure and vice offense investigation. Alumni assist officers at community events such as National Night Out and the County Fair.