Waterford, Michigan -- Oakland County's Medical Main Street is among 10 Oakland County government programs to receive 2012 Achievement Award from the National Association of Counties (NACo).
Winners were notified in a letter sent this week from NACo Executive Director Larry Naake. They will be recognized on July 15 during NACo's 2012 Annual Conference in Allegheny County, Penn. In the 23 years Oakland County has submitted programs for consideration, it has received 193 awards. This year's winners represent entries from 30 states and 100 counties.
"The employees who are responsible for these awards continue to innovate and continue to make us the top county in America for programming and technical solutions," Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson said Friday. "I am exceedingly proud and honored to work with such fine people."
Patterson was especially pleased that Medical Main Street - a program he launched in 2008 to brand Oakland County and the region as a global center of health care and life science innovation and excellence - was honored for the first time nationally. The program has brought in more than $212 million in investment, 2,600 new and retained jobs and the expansion or attraction to Oakland County of 24 companies.
"The vision I had several years ago was to draw together the significant assets in Oakland County and that's starting to get some traction," Patterson said. "This underscores the potential the life sciences and health care have in our area to challenge the Cleveland Clinic and the Mayo Clinic for excellence."
The Department of Information Technology won awards for of its programs: Transparency Dashboard and G2G Cloud Solutions, which also was named Best of Category.
G2G Cloud Solutions supports technology sharing among governments via the web, giving participating agencies the use of technology that may not otherwise be affordable to them.
The Transparency Dashboard provides complete budget documentation and reports, and also enhances this information with narrative reports in plain language, that help to convey the importance and significance of critical performance areas.
The Health Division won for its program, Immunization Services for Women, Infants and Children, which developed a process for evaluating the immunization status of all children scheduled for a WIC (Women, Infants and Children) appointment each day and provided the needed immunizations during the same visit.
County Clerk Bill Bullard and his staff won awards for six programs.
The Achievement Award Program recognizes counties for improving the management of and services provided by county government. Since the program's inception in 1970, it has honored hundreds of county government initiatives that have improved service delivery, achieved greater cost efficiency, improved customer service and helped to develop a better-trained workforce.