Now Accepting Applications: 2017 Achievement Awards/Counties Matter Challenge

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For 47 years, The National Association of Counties (NACo) has recognized innovative programs in county government through the Achievement Awards Program – an excellent opportunity for counties to promote successes and share best practices.

As a non-competitive awards program, each application is judged on its own merits and not against other submissions. Awards are given in 18 categories and one outstanding program from each category will be selected as the “Best of Category." By applying for the 2017 Achievement Awards, entries will also be in the running for NACo President Bryan Desloge’s 2016-2017 presidential initiative, The Counties Matter Challenge: Brilliant Ideas at Work. A total of 100 programs will win The Counties Matter Challenge: Brilliant Ideas at Work. Winners of the Achievement Awards and The Counties Matter Challenge: Birlliant Ideas at Work will be recognized at the 2017 NACo Annual Conference and Exposition in Franklin County/Columbus, Ohio from July 21 – 24, 2017.

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We look forward to hearing from you and learning about the outstanding accomplishments of counties across America! 


  • Deadline for Submissions: March 27, 2017 at 11:59 p.m. EDT
  • Notifications of Decisions for Achievement Awards: Week of April 24, 2017
  • Notifications of The Counties Matter Challenge: Brilliant Ideas at Work: Week of May 29, 2017
  • 2017 NACo Annual Conference and Recognition of Award Recipients: July 21 – 24, 2017


  • Arts and Historic Preservation

  • Children and Youth

  • Civic Education and Public Information

  • Community and Economic Development

  • County Administration and Management

  • Criminal Justice and Public Safety

  • County Resiliency: Infrastructure, Energy and Sustainability

  • Financial Management

  • Health

  • Human Services

  • Information Technology

  • Libraries

  • Parks and Recreation

  • Personnel Management, Employment and Training

  • Planning

  • Risk and Emergency Management

  • Transportation

  • Volunteers


The NACo Achievement Award Search Portal is where you can find winning programs by cycle year, category and state since 2007. And to check out the 2016 Achievement Award Story Map click here.

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