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Montgomery County Recognized for Technology Excellence

The Public Technology Institute (PTI) has recognized Montgomery County with one of its 2009/2010 Technology Solutions Awards for the entry in the Geographic Information Systems (GIS) category  (populations greater than 750,000) entitled Mapping School Absenteeism for Managing H1N1 Influenza Outbreak. 

Developed by the County’s Department of Technology Services (DTS) and Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), the application provides DHHS’ Public Health Emergency Planning and Response team with useful geographic information and improves Public Health staff efficiency in obtaining information about absenteeism in schools during the H1N1 influenza pandemic.

PTI is a national, non-profit research and development organization that advances the use of technology to improve the management and delivery of services to residents. The annual competition recognizes PTI member local governments that have used technology innovations to improve service delivery, increase performance and reduce operating costs or create new revenue opportunities

For a complete listing of award winners, visit: http://www.pti.org/index.php/ptiee1/more/601/ .


Montgomery County Named Tree City USA

For the 15th year, Montgomery County has been named a Tree City USA by the Arbor Day Foundation in honor of its commitment to community forestry.

Trees promote healthier communities by filtering air and removing dust and other particles; moderating climate; conserving water; providing habitat for wildlife; and reducing heat island effects in urban areas. 

The Tree City USA program is sponsored by the Arbor Day Foundation in cooperation with the National Association of State Foresters and the United States Department of Agriculture Forest Service. 

For more information about the Arbor Day Foundation, go to www.arborday.org


Department of Correction and Rehabilitation Partnership Receives National Recognition

The Prison Outreach Ministry/Welcome Home Reentry program, which receives County funding for its partnership with the Pre-Release and Reentry Services Division in the County’s Department of Correction and Rehabilitation (DOCR), recently received the Migdalia “Miggie” Baerga-Buffler Award from the Defendant/Offender Workforce Development Conference.

The award recognizes a faith- or community-based organization that promotes offender workforce development through partnerships with local, state or federal agencies, and advocates for policies and practices that support successful reentry. Since 2006, the Prison Outreach Ministry/Welcome Home Reentry Program has partnered with DOCR’s Pre-Release and Reentry Services Division to provide mentors who help hundreds of clients at the Pre-Release Center in preparing for, finding and securing jobs. Read more.  

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POSTED AT: Wednesday, April 07, 2010 | 2:00:00 PM |
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