The National Association of Counties (NACo) is accepting applications for its 2018 Achievement Awards.
FINAL APPLICATIONS ARE DUE APRIL 2 BY 11:59 PM EDT
Achievement Awards Program
The NACo Achievement Awards is a non-competitive program, the NACo Achievement Awards recognize outstanding county government programs and services in 18 categories covering a vast range of county responsibilities. The “best of category” winners will be recognized on stage at the 2018 NACo Annual Conference in July in Davidson County/Nashville, Tennessee, and all winners will be recognized in the program book and online.
County governments and state associations of counties are eligible to submit as many applications as they want. Eligible programs must have become operational after Jan. 1, 2013 and have measurable results, while having significant roles attributed to county officials and/or staff.
In order to be eligible for an Achievement Award, all
programs must meet the following criteria:
- Programs must accomplish one or more of the
- Offer new services to county residents, fill gaps in
the availability of services, fill gaps in or tap new
- Improve the administration of an existing county
- Upgrade the working conditions or level of
training for county employees. Enhance the level
of citizen participation in, or the understanding
of, government programs
- Provide information that facilitates effective
public policy making
- Promote intergovernmental cooperation and
coordination in addressing shared problems
- In the case of a program that is in response to
a federal or state law, regulation or order, the
program must go beyond mere compliance with
the statute, regulation or order and must display a
creative approach to meeting those requirements.
- The program must have measurable results (e.g.
cost savings, enhanced employee productivity,
improved constituent services, created better
- The program must be innovative and not rely
on techniques or procedures that are common
practice in most counties of similar population or
- All aspects of the program must be consistent
with acceptable governmental and financial
management practices and must promote general
Program Eligibility taken from NACo’s Achievement Awards Brochure
Submitting an Application
All applications must have the county name and page number on each page and must be submitted in PDF format. Files can be no larger than 2MB. A nomination summary must include a 200-word program abstract, a reason behind the program, description of the program, cost of the program, and results of the program.
Submit the nomination summary to the online portal.
The application fee of $100 can be paid online or by mail.
Please read NACo’s Achievement Awards Brochure for official rules and details.