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Allen County to Receive 2010 County Achievement Award PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 02 August 2010 10:44

For the second consecutive year, Allen County has been chosen to receive the County Achievement Award presented by the Association of Indiana Counties.

The 2010 award will recognize the efforts of the Board of Commissioners in supporting and implementing a Countywide Strategic Plan.

The plan was guided by the Strategic Plan Executive Committee which included a number of elected officials and department heads.  County departments developed objectives to meet county-wide goals.

“Successful businesses have long used strategies which led to their achievements,” said Commissioner Nelson Peters, one of the members of the executive committee.  “These strategies have included long-term planning.  We in Allen County simply took a page out of the business playbook and believe in doing so it will lead to better, more cost-effective service for our taxpayers.”

The plan is believed to be the first of its kind with respect to county government in Indiana and includes more than 400 department-level objectives proposed to be completed over the next five years.  In addition, a number of objectives that multiple departments had in common were identified as countywide priorities.  They include improved customer service; enhanced financial efficiency and conditions; increased collaboration; improved training and professional development; and conservation of resources.

“This strategic plan should help develop a vision for Allen County Government and give us a better idea about the types and levels of services our citizens will require five or ten years from now,” noted Commissioner Bill Brown.

Allen County’s Strategic Plan and Department Objectives are available for viewing online at www.allencounty.us/strategicplan.

This marks the third time in four years that Allen County has received the AIC’s County Achievement Award.  In 2007, the Board of Commissioners was recognized for establishing the County employee health clinic in the City-County Building.  And last year, the AIC recognized the office of County Recorder John McGauley for creation of its Neighborhood Resource Center.

“We appreciate AIC’s acknowledgement of Allen County government’s efforts to meet the ever-changing needs of our citizens,” said Commissioner Linda Bloom.  “It is also a tribute to our dedicated, resourceful employees who strive to provide a high level of service each and every day.”

The 2010 County Achievement Award will be presented to Allen County representatives at the AIC Fall Conference September 27-30 in LaPorte County.