North Carolina Association of County Commissioners announced Cabarrus winner in general government and public information/participation categories
Oct. 7, 2013 — On Oct. 1, the North Carolina Association of County Commissioners announced Cabarrus received two LGFCU 2013 Excellence in Innovation awards. The County was recognized for its commitment to helping employees become more effective supervisors through its leadership intranet site and for its work to promote reading within the community through the 411 Community Read.
The County’s leadership intranet site won in the general government category. The County’s Human Resources and Information Technology Services departments collaborated to create a one-stop, user-friendly “virtual” location to share tools, including templates, resources, announcements and articles with managerial staff. The intranet site provides County managers with immediate access to an extensive catalog of resources and serves as a platform where they can share information and best practices.
Cabarrus’ 411 Community Read program won in the public information/participation category. The initiative is a partnership between the Cabarrus County Library System, and parks departments, libraries, community colleges, and other organizations in Cabarrus, Rowan, Stanly and Union counties. The project provided residents of the four counties the opportunity to collectively read and discuss a single book—the last Community Read featured the novel, “The Hunger Games,” by Suzanne Collins. The Community Read also incorporated more than 50 fun and educational events, including book discussions, programs and speakers on a variety of topics related to the book.
The partnership will continue with another four-county Community Read in the spring of 2014, featuring “Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore,” by Robin Sloan.
The Local Government Federal Credit Union sponsors the Excellence in Innovation Awards, which provide a total of $8,000 in rewards to county employees who develop successful programs that help counties improve services to citizens. Cash awards of $1,000 are given to two programs in each of four categories—general government, health and human services, public information/participation and intergovernmental collaboration.