NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC – New Hanover County recently received two Local Government Federal Credit Union (LGFCU) Excellence in Innovation Awards given by the North Carolina Association of County Commissioners (NCACC). The awards recognize two innovative county programs: the Community Recovery Resource Center (CRRC) and Environmental Management’s composting program.
The CRRC, which was coordinated and set up immediately after Hurricane Florence, provided a place for more than 21,500 residents to get help from resources like disaster food stamps and FEMA, as well as important supplies and nonprofit assistance, in a compassionate atmosphere focused on the citizen.
The composting program, which began in 2017 and is open for all residents, restaurants, and farmer’s markets to utilize, reduces the amount of waste going into the landfill and decreases greenhouse gas emissions. So far, it has generated 150 cubic yards of finished compost that is used at New Hanover County’s parks, Airlie Gardens and the Arboretum.
“During the awards presentation, New Hanover County was not only recognized for earning two innovation awards this year, but for receiving two awards last year as well – making us the only county to earn two innovation awards for two consecutive years,” said County Manager Chris Coudriet. “That is an impressive accomplishment by our employees and Commissioners, and shows the county’s genuine care for our community and creative problem solving that makes us a leader in the state.”
Each year, 10 Excellence in Innovation Awards are given to programs developed by NC county governments that help improve services to residents. Since 2016, New Hanover County has earned six Excellence in Innovation Awards.
Learn more about the 2019 awarded programs in the videos below.