Blue Earth County was recently recognized at the National Association of Counties (NACo) Annual Conference as the first place winner in the rural counties category for the National County Government Award. At Tuesday’s Board Meeting, Commissioners were presented a plaque to officially recognize the County for its efforts. Blue Earth County also received credit for two free conference registrations as part of the award.
The purpose of the award program is to encourage counties to participate in National County Government Month and recognize those counties that sponsor outstanding programs to reach out and educate citizens about county government during the month of April. Planned events included public guided tours of the Blue Earth County Justice Center, themed story times with County officials at the Blue Earth County Library, Citizens Academy Program sessions, employee appreciation visits to all County departments by Commissioners, Earth Day event, Teddy Bear Clinic and further educational outreach regarding the work of counties.
Blue Earth County works to provide outreach and education regarding County programs and services throughout the year and has actively participated in National County Government Month for the last several years to specially highlight awareness throughout April by coordinating and taking part in organized efforts.
County programs across the nation were independently reviewed by a panel of judges, all communications specialists from the National Association of County Information Officers (NACIO) organization as part of the award selection process.
“Blue Earth County’s programs were very well organized, wide-ranging and highly successful with both the public and County employees,” stated Lori Hudson Communications Director, Hillsborough County, FL. “One judge remarked, ‘as perfect as a program gets!’, and the entry received the very highest marks in all categories.”
For more information about National County Government Month or the National Association of Counties visit www.naco.org.