County Recognized for Workplace Excellence, Health and Wellness Initiatives

Montgomery County government has earned the Workplace Excellence Award and the Health and Wellness Trailblazer Award from the Alliance for Workplace Excellence (AWE) for its exemplary commitment to the workforce by creating a culture that allows employees to be successful in the workplace, at home and in the community.

The County was among 63 employers, representing more than one million employees, that met stringent standards regarding the benefits and work environments that they provide. Organizations were judged on supportive corporate culture and management practices, family and employee friendly practices, health and wellness initiatives, growth and learning opportunities, and commitment to social responsibility and employee volunteerism.

AWE is a public/private, nonprofit coalition committed to empowering employers to create and become recognized as “excellent places to work.”

Speaking Up Pays Off

Call it “rewarding excellence,”  “gainsharing” or “incentivizing,” the bottom line is the same – County employees are being rewarded for coming up with money saving initiatives for their employer. In these tight economic times, the County has determined that paying employees for helping save the government money pays dividends for all involved.

A case in point is the story of David Rivas, a mechanic in the Department of General Services who discovered that the County had been changing transmission fluid in its Ride On buses more often than necessary.

David’s story and details behind the County’s initiative were told in a recent Washington Post article.

Firefighter Works to Turn Personal Losses into Gains for Others 

The long and short of a bittersweet story is this: Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service Firefighter Marshall Moneymaker lost three sisters to breast cancer and is on a personal mission to raise awareness about the disease as a tribute to his sisters.

Before the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure came to the area shortly after his third sister’s death in the fall of 2010, Moneymaker was presented with pink firefighter gear as a surprise from co-workers in support of his efforts and passion to find a cure.

Manufacturers from Municipal Emergency Services, Globe Manufacturing and Bullard Safety Products all donated the special gear and equipment in support of Moneymaker. And, while the gear won’t be worn to fight any fires, it will be worn to ignite and promote breast cancer awareness and the importance of early detection. Moneymaker hopes that people are checking him out … and getting checked.

Visit  for more information and read Firefighter Moneymaker’s story in The Washington Post.

County Recognized for Innovation in Web 2.0 Technology and Civic/Social Media Tools

The Public Technology Institute (PTI) and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation have recognized Montgomery County as a leader in the innovative application of Web 2.0 technologies and civic/social media tools to achieve impressive results in citizen engagement, government accountability and operational efficiencies.

Montgomery County is one of only 17 U.S. jurisdictions, and one of just four counties, to be recognized with this prestigious award.

The County’s winning entry noted the use of several Web 2.0 and social media tools and platforms, including Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Alert Montgomery and MC311, which is the County’s on-line and telephone information system.

“Web 2.0 implementation…is becoming a strategic and inherent way for government to do business,” said Alan Shark, PTI executive director. “Innovative and leading organizations like Montgomery County that adopt and leverage Web 2.0 tools will ultimately deliver more effective services to their citizens."

PTI is a national technology organization created by and for cities and counties. The organization promotes innovation and collaboration for government leaders, and advances the use of technology to improve the management and delivery of services to residents.

Additional information about the award may be found on-line at

POSTED AT: Wednesday, June 15, 2011 | 2:00:00 AM |
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