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2014

National Association of Counties Achievement Awards

County Administration

Leon County was presented with the “Best In Class” Achievement Award for 9/11 Day of Service and Remembrance; also received ten additional Achievement Awards from The National Association of Counties in categories such as Civic Education and Public Information, Financial Management and Information Technology.

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American Advertising Federation Addy Awards

Community and Media Relations

Received a gold Addy Award for Wide Open Rush; also received silver awards for mobile website; Annual Report document, Annual Report video, 9/11 Day of Remembrance and Service; Penny Sales Tax cinema advertisement

Florida Public Relations Association Judges Award

Community and Media Relations

Discover Cascades online announcement and Discover Cascades online promotion received a Judges Award.

American Planning Association Florida Chapter Award of Excellence

Blueprint2000

Cascades Park was selected for an APA Florida "Award of Excellence" in the Planning Projects category.

Florida Planning and Zoning Association

Blueprint 2000

Outstanding Design Excellence Award to Blueprint 2000 for the Cascades Park project.

American Council of Engineering Companies of Florida

Blueprint 2000

Cascades Park/Blueprint 2000 received the FICE Engineering Excellence Award in the Category of Water and Stormwater

Urban Land Institute

Blueprint2000

Received the the Urban Land Institute (ULI) North FL Chapter 2014 Award for Excellence in the Public Sector category.

American Public Works Association

Blueprint 2000

Cascades Park received the Public Works Projects of the Year the Environment $25-$75 million category.

National Association of Counties

Tourism Development

Trailahassee.com received an information technology achievement award.

Digital Counties Survey Award

Management Information Systems

Received the 2015 Digital Counties Survey Award for technology use within the government highlighting operational efficiencies, transparency, and citizen engagement.

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American Heart Association Mission Lifeline Award

Emergency Medical Services

Lifeline EMS Silver Award received for efforts in improving the STEMI (heart attack) Systems of Care through collaboration with community stakeholders, such as hospitals and medical providers, thereby improving the quality of care for STEMI patients.

Florida Chapter of North American Hazardous Materials Management Association

Solid Waste Management

Leon County Government received three awards from the Florida Chapter of the North American Hazardous Materials Management Association.

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American Public Works Association

Public Works

Lafayette Street Phases 3 and 4 Improvements received the Beautification Project Award; Lauder Pond Outfall Structure Improvements received the Structures/Stormwater Project Award; Lafayette Street Phase 2 Improvements received the Best Performance Project Award.

FMXcellence Award

Facilities Management

Building Operation Management magazine received the FMXcellence Award.

APWA State Project of the Year

Facilities

Tallahassee-Leon County Public Safety Facility received the 2014 APWA State Project of the Year award in the Structures Category.

Florida Recreation and Park Association Excellence Award

Parks and Recreation

Received the FRPA Excellence award in Sport Tourism Award

2013

National Association of Counties 2013 Achievement Award

County Administration

Leon County’s Citizen Engagement Series received the National Association of Counties 2013 Achievement Award.

Leadership Tallahassee's 2013 Leader of the Year

County Administration

County Administrator Vincent S. Long was named as Leadership Tallahassee’s 2013 Leader of the Year.

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2013 State of Florida Injury Prevention Award

Leon County Emergency Medical Services

Leon County EMS was awarded the 2013 State of Florida Injury Prevention Award.

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Ask a Librarian

LeRoy Collins Leon County Public Library System

Library Information Professionals won awards for their participation in Florida’s state-wide cooperative Ask-a-Librarian Services: Mary Kuipers won the “SuperStar” award in January and Kathy Burnsed won the “Brief Exemplary Chat” award in May.

Florida American Public Works Association Environmental Project Award

Public Works and Community Development

Leon County won the Florida American Public Works Association’s statewide award for an environmental project under $5 million with the Timber Lake Flood Relief Project.

Facility Maintenance Decisions 2013 Achievement Award

Facilities Management

Leon County was awarded Facility Maintenance Decisions magazine’s 2013 Achievement Award for sustainability.

Florida Chapter of North American Hazardous Materials Management Association's Community Service Award

Solid Waste Management

Florida Chapter of North American Hazardous Materials Management Association awarded Leon County’s Household Hazardous Waste program “The Community Service Award” for 2013. The award recognizes programs that go beyond the usual in service to its community.

2013 Innovative Program Award

Volunteer Services

Walk a Day in a Solder’s Boots won the 2013 Innovative Program Award from the Florida Association for Volunteer Resource Management and the 2013 Innovative Program Award from the National Association of Volunteer Programs in Local Government.

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Digital Counties Survey Award

Management Information Systems

Received 2013 Digital Counties Survey Award for the second time in three years. This recognizes Leon County as a leading example in technology services and efficiency.

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CIO Magazine's 2013 Top 100 Chief Information Officers

Management Information Systems

Pat Curtis, Director of MIS, was named one of CIO Magazine’s 2013 Top 100 Chief Information Officers.

2013 Savvy Award and Award of Excellence

Community and Media Relations

Received the 2013 Savvy Award (Citizen Participation) for the Citizen Engagement Series; also received Award of Excellence for Live Well Leon logo and Well-Being campaign.

Recognition from Florida Veterans Foundation

Probation, Supervised Pretrial Release & Drug / Alcohol Testing

Received recognition from the Florida Veterans Foundation for providing outstanding service to veterans during the first North Florida Homeless Veterans Stand-Down event.

Government Finance Officers Association Distinguished Budget Presentation Award

Office of Management and Budget

OMB received the Government Finance Officers Association Distinguished Budget Presentation Award for the 23rd year in a row. In addition to receiving this award, the budget received the following special recognition: Outstanding as a Policy Document and Outstanding as an Operations Guide.

2012


Citizen-Engaged Community

County Administration

Leon County is one of only four mid-size communities throughout the country to be deemed a Citizen Engaged Community by the Public Technology Institute (PTI) for effectively using technology to provide fast, friendly and responsive service.

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Sunny Award

MIS/GIS

Leon County received a national honor for its website transparency and open government. Leon County's website was one of only 214 throughout the nation to receive the award out of more than 6,000 government websites analyzed.

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Fitch Rating Agency

Office of Management & Budget

Leon County demonstrated fiscal responsibility, with the Fitch Rating Agency - an international firm considered one of the top three rating firms in the world - affirming the County’s financial rating to AA with a stable outlook. The double A rating confirms the County’s “quality” credit rating of capital revenue bonds.

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Government Finance Officers Association Distinguished Budget Presentation Award

Office of Management & Budget

OMB received the Government Finance Officers Association Distinguished Budget Presentation Award for the 22nd year in a row.

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Florida Department of Health Photograph of the Year

Emergency Medical Services (EMS)

Captain Sally Davis won the Florida Department of Health Photograph of the Year award for her photograph of Sergeant Shane Weaver teaching a child CPR.

The Governor’s Award

Emergency Management Services

The Governor’s Award is the most prestigious award the Governor’s Hurricane Conference can bestow upon an emergency management professional. Director Richard Smith received the 2012 Governor’s Award for his professionalism and exceptional work ethic during his more than thirty years of statewide leadership and mentorship in Florida’s emergency management community.

Supplier of the Year

Tourism Development

Janet Roach, Meetings & Conventions Sales Manager, was selected for the Supplier of the Year award by the Florida Chapter of the Society of Government Meeting Professionals for her contributions and commitment.


Associate of the Year

Tourism Development

Lorrie Allen, Leisure Sales Manager, was named Associate of the Year by both the Georgia Motorcoach Association and the Alabama Motorcoach Association. This award recognizes professional representation in the marketplace and quality service provided to members of the associations.

Finalist for the Sustainable Florida Best Practice Award

Sustainability

For transforming the Leon County Cooperative Extension building and grounds into a state-of-the-art Sustainable Demonstration Center, where cutting-edge energy and water technologies are being combined with creative educational outreach efforts to inform and inspire the community at large in pursuit of sustainability.

Wellness Council of America

Human Resources

The Wellness Works! Team was nationally recognized by Wellness Council of America (WELCOA) for quality and excellence in promoting an effective workplace Wellness Program, and recognizes Leon County government as one of America’s Healthiest places to work.

2011

3CMA Savvy Awards – Silver Circle

Community & Media Relations

Awarded for a creative photography campaign for the 2011 Leon County Wellness Fair.

FPRA Image Awards

Community & Media Relations

Awarded for creative design and development for the 2010 Annual Report and Sustainable Communities Summit materials.

AAF Silver ADDYs

Community & Media Relations

Awarded for creative design and development for the Sustainable Communities Summit brochure and stationary package.

Gold Well Workplace Award

Human Resources

The Leon County Wellness Team was national recognized this year as recipients of the Gold Well Workplace Award from the Wellness Council of America. The Gold Well Workplaces Award is given to organizations that successfully build comprehensive worksite wellness initiatives, as well as demonstrate and document concrete outcomes.

Shooting Star Award

Human Resources

The Wellness Team also received the Shooting Star Award for the second year in a row from Working Well. This award is given out to companies who have made significant progress in meeting the 7 Benchmarks; Capturing CEO support, creating a cohesive wellness team, collecting data to drive health efforts, crafting an operating plan, choosing appropriate interventions, creating a supportive environment, and consistently evaluating outcomes.

2011 Digital Counties Survey

MIS/GIS

Designated Leon County in the Top 10 counties nationwide in the Digital Counties Survey Awards for effectively economizing and innovatively using technology within the population range of 250,000 – 499,999.

Big Bend Branch American Public Works Association (APWA) 2010 Project of the Year

Public Works

  • Transportation Category - Meridian Road Intersections Improvements.
  • Structures Category - Lake Henrietta Pedestrian Trail and Bridge
  • Multifunction Category - Timberlane Road Intersection Improvements
  • In-house Maintenance/Enhancement Category - Remediation of Safety Hazard Bannerman Road & Tekesta Drive Intersection

FACC Recognition

Probation, Supervised Pretrial Release & Drug/Alcohol Testing

Recognized by the Florida Association of Community Corrections (FACC) for assisting with the development of the Risk Assessment Tool Training for corrections officials in the Big Bend region.

2011 Sustainable Florida

Sustainability

Leon County was runner up for the 2011 Sustainable Florida leadership award in part for its water conservation efforts, as demonstrated through installation of a 40,000 rainwater cistern for the Extension Facility. This system is projected to reduce the demand for potable water at the facility by 80%.

Picric Acid

Solid Waste Management

Solid Waste was recognized at the North American Hazardous Materials Management Association Florida-Caribbean Chapter Annual Workshop with the “Picric Acid” award for successfully and safely handling two WWII-era DDT aerosol canisters and the “Pickled Skunk Brains” award for the most unusual material handled by a Florida HHW during the year.

Government Finance Officers Association Distinguished Budget Presentation Award

Office of Management & Budget

OMB received the Government Finance Officers Association Distinguished Budget Presentation Award for the 21st year in a row. To ensure that this prestigious award is received annually, OMB continuously reviews and streamlines the budget process to maximize improvements.

The Henry

Tourism Development

Recipient of the Flagler Award, also known as “The Henry” among tourism professionals, for media campaign started in 2010 to educate area residents on the importance of tourism to the area’s economy.

BEST Neighborhoods Grant

Volunteer Services

Volunteer Generation Fund awarded Leon County a $25,000 Neighboring Grant - BEST (Build Engage Sustain Transform) Neighborhoods Grant in Florida. The BEST Neighborhoods Grant is based on neighboring, a model concept of community engagement that uses volunteering as a tool to empower, mobilize and facilitate positive changes within communities.

National EMS Executive of the Year in 2011

Emergency Medical Services (EMS)

Chief Quillin was named the National EMS Executive of the Year in 2011 by the National EMS Management Association.

Larry S. Jordan EMS Lifetime Achievement Award

Emergency Medical Services (EMS)

Deputy Chief Malcolm “Mac” Kemp was recognized by the Florida Department of Health (FDOH) with the Larry S. Jordan EMS Lifetime Achievement Award.

2011 Raymond H. Alexander Medical Director of the Year

Emergency Medical Services (EMS)

Dr. Kim Landry, EMS Medical Director for Leon County, was awarded the 2011 Raymond H. Alexander Medical Director of the Year award by FDOH recognizing his leadership in clinical excellence.

The Big Read

LeRoy Collins Leon County Public Library System

The Library received a $12,500 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts Big Read Program.