Montgomery County’s Department of Liquor Control (DLC) has received a 2010 National Association of Counties (NACo) Achievement Award for its “Keeping It Safe (KIS),” program. A comprehensive educational program aimed at both the hospitality industry and the community, the KIS initiative is comprised of numerous awareness programs and tools, and is a model for the state of Maryland.
“The KIS program grew from a need for alcohol establishments to better understand alcohol laws and regulations,” said DLC Licensure, Regulation and Education Division Chief Kathie Durbin. “Our Outreach Office sought and acquired funding for the Keeping It Safe campaign with a goal of keeping Montgomery County alcohol-licensed businesses on track and focused on responsible service.”
KIS tools include training, and distributing information to adults in the community, including identification checking calendars, point-of-sale signage, monthly bulletins promoting responsible hospitality and under 21 alcohol prevention information. All resources are grant funded and offered free of cost.
NACo’s annual awards program recognizes efforts by local jurisdictions that promote responsible, responsive, and effective county government. DLC has won achievement awards for three consecutive years for its community outreach programs.
For more information, contact Kathie Durbin at 240-777-1917.
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