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James City County has received the National Association of Counties (NACo) 2023 Achievement Award for Best in Category for Planning. The NACo Achievement Awards honor innovative, effective county government programs that strengthen services for residents. The County was selected based on the work involved in the update and implementation of its most recent Comprehensive Plan, James City County 2045 Comprehensive Plan: Our County, Our Shared Future. The innovative process included extensive citizen input linked to sophisticated computer modeling to explore alternative visions for growth in the County. The resulting information helped citizens and the Board of Supervisors make major policy choices in the adopted plan. The momentum from an engaged citizenry and the adoption of the plan served as the catalyst for several significant implementation projects that reflected the vision of the community. “We know that the work our staff does every day is exceptional, but receipt of this national award confirms that they are some of the best,” said Ruth Larson, Board of Supervisors representative for the Berkeley District. “It was an honor to be recognized in front of our peers from counties across the country.”Ruth Larson and County Administrator Scott Stevens accepted the award on July 23 at NACo’s annual conference in Travis County, Texas. About NACoNACo strengthens America’s counties, including nearly 40,000 county elected officials and 3.6 million county employees. Founded in 1935, NACo unites county officials to advocate for county government priorities in federal policymaking; promote exemplary county policies and practices; nurture leadership skills and expand knowledge networks; optimize county and taxpayer resources and cost savings; and enrich the public’s understanding of county government. http://www.naco.org/For more information about the awards, visit the website. Media Contact:Renee Dallman, Public Information Officer757-253-6605; firstname.lastname@example.org