County of San Diego programs received 48 Achievement Awards in 2016 from the National Association of Counties, which recognizes innovative county government programs from across the nation each year. Of the 3,069 counties in the U.S., the County of San Diego won the second most in the nation and the most for the state of California. Three were Best in Category: a first responder safety guide detailing the extreme hazards of illicit butane honey oil laboratories; San Diego County-drafted legislation to establish a state health and safety code that allows commercial fishermen to sell directly to consumers at a weekly fishermen market; and a County-designed secure smartphone app that gives Probation officers access to its offender database and case management system in the field.


The California State Association of Counties awarded two Challenge and six Merit Awards to San Diego County. The awards program spotlights creative efforts to improve county services and save time and money for residents. The County won two Challenge Awards: one for the First Responder Access and Functional Needs Training program and the second for its Trauma Responsive Unit Protects Youth in Custody program. Merit Awards went to the following programs: Access Brings Innovation, Enhancements to Call Center; Being Healthy Teen Wheel Project; Disaster Preparedness Curriculum; Improving Communication with Communities During Emergencies; Land Development Process Reorganization; and Leveraging Tablet/4G Tech for Process Automation.


The County of San Diego won national accreditation for public health services from the Public Health Accreditation Board. The recognition means the County meets nationally recognized practice-focused and evidenced-based standards in providing essential pubic health services. Of nearly 3,000 governmental public health departments in the nation, only 135 have earned accreditation status since the program was launched in 2011. The County has become one of six California health departments to earn this distinction.


The National Association of Area Agencies on Aging awarded both the County’s “Don’t Get Hooked” Scam Prevention Campaign and SNAP-Ed for Seniors Community Engagement Program with Aging Innovations Awards and the San Diego Veterans Independence Service at any Age (SD-VISA) program received an Aging Achievement Award.


SDG&E awarded the County the Energy Champion Award for developing an outstanding culture of sustainability and energy conservation.


The American Library Association honored San Diego County Library (SDCL) with a 2016 John Cotton Dana Award. This national award recognizes outstanding public relations among the more than 100,000 libraries nationwide and comes with a $10,000 prize. The money will be used to continue the library’s work in helping children develop skills for success in school with programs like 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten.


The Alliant Build America Awards honored the County with the 2016 Marvin Black Partnering Excellence Award for Las Colinas Detention and Reentry Facility. The Black Award recognizes a superior collaborative effort between major stakeholders to complete a world class project. This project included the Sheriff’s Department, General Services and the contractor, Balfour Beatty Construction.


San Diego County’s “PACE” program to preserve agricultural space won an Outstanding Planning Document, Plan, Policy and Ordinance Award from the San Diego chapter of the Association of Environmental Professionals. The Planning and Development Services department created the Purchase of Agricultural Conservation Easements as part of the County’s General Plan Update. Since the program began, the County has preserved 1,386 acres.


The Design-Build Institute of America (DBIA) recognized the County of San Diego and the Department of General Services with 2015 Project/Team awards for the Waterfront Park. It won the 2015 National Award of Excellence and the National Award of Merit in the Civic/Assembly categories. The awards are given to design-build teams that perform at the highest level to deliver state-of-the-art facilities on time and within budget.


The County Communications Office (CCO) was honored by the National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors (NATOA). The County took first place in the social media category as well as the public health category for a video about the fourth year of the Live Well San Diego initiative. The CCO was also honored in five other categories including Overall Excellence.



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