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Counties Matter Challenge: 100 Brilliant Ideas at Work

Counties play an essential role in keeping America’s communities healthy, vibrant and safe. With public and private sector partners, we pursue innovative approaches to advance public health and well-being, protect public safety and foster economic strength and resiliency. Counties anticipate and adapt to challenges by thinking outside the box and demonstrating local leadership that makes a difference in people’s lives.

Under the leadership of NACo Immediate Past President Bryan Desloge, NACo embarked on an initiative to identify and share 100 examples of visionary county leadership that results in improving residents’ quality of life. Through this initiative, NACo worked with county leaders and partners to share best practices that bolster our nation’s ability to thrive county by county.

“These brilliant ideas can serve as examples for counties across the country. Though no two of America’s 3,069 counties are exactly alike, many face similar challenges and can learn from one another’s ideas and experiences,” said Desloge.

Click below to learn more about each of the 100 Brilliant Ideas. Click here to view photos from the the Brilliant Ideas at Work recaption at the 2017 NACo Annual Conference.

Arizona
Adult Probation Distance Learning Criminal Justice and Public Safety Coconino County Ariz.
Animal Care Center Development Program County Administration and Management Pima County Ariz.
Auto Routing and Remote Inspection Project Planning Pima County Ariz.
CANVAS Criminal Justice and Public Safety Maricopa County Ariz.
Collective Impact Initiative Human Services Coconino County Ariz.
Cradle to Crayons Clinical Services Children and Youth Maricopa County Ariz.
Diversity and Inclusion Program Personnel Management, Employment and Training Coconino County Ariz.
Flood Control District Structure and Storm Drains County Administration and Management Maricopa County Ariz.
Head Start and Early Head Start Virtualization Information Technology Maricopa County Ariz.
Joint Regional Workforce Development Planning Human Services Maricopa County Ariz.
MC Swap County Resiliency: Infrastructure, Energy and Sustainability Maricopa County Ariz.
Teens Giving Back Libraries Maricopa County Ariz.
Up in the Air: An Air Pollution Education Program Civic Education and Public Information Maricopa County Ariz.
California
A Novel Approach to Sickle Cell Disease Closes the Healthcare Gap for Adults in South Los Angeles Health Los Angeles County Calif.
Breaking Cycles Graduated Sanctions Program Children and Youth San Diego County Calif.
Combatting Homelessness: An Incentive Based Approach County Administration and Management Los Angeles County Calif.
Connections Program Health San Bernardino County Calif.
Countywide Comprehensive Parks an Recreation Needs Assessment Parks and Recreation Los Angeles County Calif.
Custody to Community (CTC): Mentally Ill and Medically Fragile Offenders Criminal Justice and Public Safety San Bernardino County Calif.
Ensuring Safety: IHSS Caregiver Back-up System (BUS) Human Services Riverside County Calif.
Everyone SWIMS (Self Sufficient, Well-Being, In House, Mental Health, Services) Program Health San Bernardino County Calif.
Group Facilitator Training Volunteers San Bernardino County Calif.
Health 360 Program Health Placer County Calif.
Implementing a Shared Services Strategy for Information Technology County Administration and Management Orange County Calif.
Kitten and Feral Cat Program County Administration and Management Placer County Calif.
LEADER Replacement System (LRS) Information Technology Los Angeles County Calif.
Nature Explorer Program Parks and Recreation San Diego County Calif.
Oxford Retention Basin and Pump Station Multi-Use Enhancement Project County Resiliency: Infrastructure, Energy and Sustainability Los Angeles County Calif.
Pedestrian Gap Analysis Transportation San Diego County Calif.
Peer-to-Peer Programs Health San Francisco City and County Calif.
Rita Recommends Libraries Orange County Calif.
Survivor Training and Empowerment-Utilizing your Potential (STEP-UP) Human Services Alameda County Calif.
The Court Relationship Management (CRM) Project: “CheckBoard” Personnel Management, Employment and Training Los Angeles County Calif.
Vacancy Adjustment Notification System (VANS) for Mental Health Services Information Technology Los Angeles County Calif.
Vision Zero Collision Geodatabase Transportation Los Angeles County Calif.
Vocational Rehabilitation Employment and Training Programs Health San Francisco City and County Calif.
Water Well Program and Community Outreach Project Health San Luis Obispo County Calif.
Youth Internship Program Children and Youth San Diego County Calif.
Colorado
Jail Outreach Program Health Boulder County Colo.
Recycling in a Hazardous Materials Facility County Resiliency: Infrastructure, Energy and Sustainability Boulder County Colo.
The District Plan Planning Adams County Colo.
Florida
"Let’s Balance" Budget Game Civic Education and Public Information Leon County Fla.
Automated Virtual Assistant Information Techonology Miami-Dade County Fla.
Coffee and Conversation with a Librarian Libraries Broward County Fla.
Consolidation of 911 Dispatch Criminal Justice and Public Safety Leon County Fla.
Degree Alternative Program Personnel Management, Employment and Training Pasco County Fla.
Green Infrastructure Map Series County Resiliency: Infrastructure, Energy and Sustainability Broward County Fla.
Miami-Dade County Movie & TV Map Tour Arts and Historic Preservation Miami-Dade County Fla.
Responding to Sexual Assault: HIV Post-Exposure Prophylaxis Health Alachua County Fla.
Self-Service Applications Improve Customer Service Interactions Information Technology Miami-Dade County Fla.
St. Lucie County's Wellness Matters Program Health St. Lucie County Fla.
Strategic Plan Targets & Bold Goals County Administration and Management Leon County Fla.
The Kearney Center Human Services Leon County Fla.
Using Real Time Data to Create an Accessible Inspections Environment County Administration and Management Collier County Fla.
WASD-WAZE Partnership Helps Quality Assure WASD CIP Information Technology Miami-Dade County Fla.
Georgia
Brush Truck and Tanker Retrofit Program through a Public-Public Partnership Risk and Emergency Management Camden County Ga.
Rockdale Tax Office Text Message Connect Civic Education and Public Information Rockdale County Ga.
Smart Justice Advisory Council Criminal Justice and Public Safety Fulton County Ga.
Illinois
Invest in Cook Transportation Cook County Ill.
Iowa
ISAC Voting in Iowa Video Series Civic Education and Public Information Iowa State Association of Counties Iowa
Maryland
A Comprehensive Stress Management Program for Correctional Employees Criminal Justice and Public Safety Montgomery County Md.
Food Agent Program Health Baltimore County Md.
LitterTRAK and PGCLitterTRAK- Mobile apps for tracking progress toward cleaner and healthier waterways County Resiliency: Infrastructure, Energy and Sustainability Prince George's County Md.
Maternity Partnership Oral Health Initiative Health Montgomery County Md.
Montgomery County GreenFest County Resiliency: Infrastructure, Energy and Sustainability Montgomery County Md.
Ride On Route 301 – Tobytown Isolated Community Transportation Montgomery County Md.
Tech Connect Parks and Recreation Montgomery County Md.
Transforming Neighborhoods Initiative (TNI) Community and Economic Development Prince George's County Md.
Michigan
Enhanced Hepatitis C Surveillance and Prevention Health Macomb County Mich.
GOVDelivery Incident Alert Service Transportation Macomb County Mich.
Healthy Cooking for Life Program Max Thompson Family Resource Center - Kitchen Renovation Health Macomb County Mich.
OUCARES Day Camp and Staff Training Parks and Recreation Oakland County Mich.
Realtor to the Rescue Community and Economic Development Oakland County Mich.
Minnesota
Assisting Children of Incarcerated Parents Criminal Justice and Public Safety Washington County Minn.
Birth to Age Eight Collaborative Initiative Children and Youth Dakota County Minn.
Cedar-Riverside Community Outreach Program Libraries Hennepin County Minn.
Goat Browsing in County Park to Contain Invasive Species Parks and Recreation Washington County Minn.
Wellness for Every Body Health Hennepin County Minn.
Missouri
Family Access Center of Excellence (FACE) Children and Youth Boone County Mo.
The Great Game of Government Civic Education and Public Information Greene County Mo.
Montana
Secondary Trauma Group--Implementing Organizational Resiliency for Prosecutors Criminal Justice and Public Safety Missoula County Mont.
North Carolina
Born to Read Children and Youth Catawba County N.C.
Building with our Veterans Personnel Management, Employment and Training Mecklenburg County N.C.
Development Activity Page Planning New Hanover County N.C.
Developing a Financial Book Purchasing Model for Public Libraries Financial Management Wake County N.C.
Improving Emergency Response Times through Geospatial Modeling and Simulation Risk and Emergency Management Catawba County N.C.
Social Services Mobile Application Human Services Durham County N.C.
New York
One at a time: Feeding Hungry Children and Preventing Juvenile Crime in a Small NY City Children and Youth Orange County N.Y.
Ohio
Improved, Sustained Visitation Services for Children and Families Criminal Justice and Public Safety Fairfield County Ohio
Trucking Partnership Human Services Hamilton County Ohio
Oregon
Neighborhood Livability Project Criminal Justice and Public Safety Clackamas County Ore.
Pennsylvania
Stand Together: A School-Based Anti-Stigma Peer-to-Peer Initiative Human Services Allegheny County Pa.
Virginia
Children's and Teens Neighborhood Collections Libraries Henrico County Va.
Community Ambassadors Program Volunteers Loudoun County Va.
Home-Based Business Assistance Program Community and Economic Development York County Va.
Neighborhood Concerns Zoning Code Enforcement Application Community and Economic Development Roanoke County Va.
Play Smart with Toddlers Libraries Chesterfield County Va.
Rideshare Rewards Transportation Loudoun County Va.
Virtual Town Halls: Government at Your Fingertips Information Technology Henrico County Va.
Wellness & Resiliency Health Prince William County Va.
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