Albemarle County Receives 2018 Achievement AwardPosted: Updated:
Press Release from Albemarle County:
Albemarle County is the proud recipient of a Virginia Association of Counties (VACo) 2018 Achievement Award. The County was recognized for its Neighborhood Improvement Funding Initiative program. VACo received 106 entries and Albemarle County is one of 25 award recipients.
The Neighborhood Improvement Funding Initiative (NIFI) program is investing over $1.3 million in one-time funding to support neighborhood-level improvement projects in Albemarle County’s development areas. Projects were selected through a community priority-setting process over several months in 2017. In all, nearly 500 community members participated in the NIFI process, submitting over 400 project ideas. Nine projects were ultimately recommended by the community and approved for funding by the Board of Supervisors. The approved projects demonstrate strong community support for improvements to recreational trails, urban walkability, and community placemaking.
• Albemarle High School – Jack Jouett Middle School – Greer Elementary School multi-use connector path
• Avon Street Corridor Study
• Baker-Butler Elementary School campus multi-use path
• Cale Elementary School crosswalk
• Crozet Square improvements
• Free Bridge trailhead improvements
• Greenbrier Dr. & Commonwealth Dr. intersection sidewalk clearing
• Rio Rd. & Greenbrier Dr. intersection pedestrian enhancements
• Rivanna Greenway trail erosion & riverbank stabilization
The approved projects have been working through the design and approvals process. It is expected that the first projects will break ground in October. Funding for the program came from FY 16 positive year-end variance.
“It was inspiring to participate in the Neighborhood Improvement Funding Initiative, as citizens shared their ideas for how to best improve their community and worked together to prioritize and develop project recommendations,” shared Ann Mallek, Chair of the Board of Supervisors.
“This is the 16th year of the Achievement Awards, and we continue to be rich of innovative programs that truly help Virginia’s counties,” VACo Executive Director Dean Lynch said. “I want to thank all who participated. This year, we received 106 entries, which is the most ever in the program’s history. This tells me that Virginia counties continue to find creative ways to solve the complex challenges they face every day.”
The VACo Achievement Awards is a competitive program open to local government members of the association. Held annually, it recognizes local government programs in awards criteria that include innovation, cooperation and model practices. The award was presented to the County by Gage Harter, VACo Director of Communications, at the September 5th Board of Supervisors meetings.