New Hanover County Wins Seven National Achievement Awards

NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC – New Hanover County has been recognized with seven Achievement Awards from the National Association of Counties (NACo). The seven awarded programs focus on treatment for opioid abuse, education about the opioid epidemic, infant safety, early childhood education, environmental stewardship, hurricane recovery, and customer-centric software.

“New Hanover County has earned a total of 29 NACo Achievement Awards since 2016,” said County Manager Chris Coudriet. “That is a remarkable accomplishment and it shows how the county’s innovative work is making an impact. Our employees and these programs serve as models for others to emulate across the country.”

Each year, NACo’s Achievement Awards Program recognizes innovative county government programs that enhance services for residents. Below are the seven New Hanover County programs that were awarded and acknowledged at the NACo Awards Luncheon on Sunday, July 14. You can view videos of the award winners here, or by clicking on each initiative below.

  • Community Recovery Resource Center: created immediately after Hurricane Florence, the resource center provided a place for residents to get the resources and supplies they needed, in a compassionate atmosphere focused on the citizen.
  • Customer Online Access Services Tool: COAST is a land development software system that was implemented this year with the customer at the center, making it even easier to do business with the county.
  • Drug Positive Infant Protocol: this collaborative approach ensures Social Services and community partners respond to the birth of a drug-positive infant in a way that proactively helps the child and family.
  • Landfill Leachate Treatment System: the county is the only public landfill in the state to use a reverse osmosis filtration system, and it is effectively filtering landfill leachate and ensuring the county remains a good environmental steward.
  • Opioid Public Service Announcements: a series of six videos, produced by the county, bring awareness to the opioid epidemic and provide help and hope to those affected by the crisis.
  • Pre-K Pilot Expansion: this county-funded program adds 3 new Pre-K classrooms to help at-risk children in our community be prepared as they enter Kindergarten.
  • TIDES Program: the county partnered to implement this new program to treat opioid-addicted pregnant and post-partum mothers.


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