Innovation Awards

New Hanover County is committed to developing new and strategic ways to better serve the public and make a difference in our community.  Read more about the county’s innovative programs that enhance services for citizens in the links and panels below.

  • New Hanover County: received “Fit-Friendly Employer” recognition from the American Heart Association for the fourth consecutive year in FY2016-2017
  • Senior Resource Center: received recertification as a Center for Excellence for the third time in 2017
  • Health Department: received re-accreditation for the fourth time in 2016
  • Sheriff’s Office: received Commission Accreditation for Law Enforcement Activities (CALEA) in July 2015

2020 National Association of Counties (NACo) Awards

  • PaSS Reading Program: New Hanover County has partnered with Communities in Schools of Cape Fear to mentor third and fourth-grade students in preparation for their End of Grade tests, to make a difference and help advance the county’s goal that 90% of third graders achieve reading at grade level.
  • Airlie Gardens Stormwater Project: Airlie Gardens is located within the Cape Fear River Basin and sits at the bottom of a 124-acre watershed which discharges directly into Bradley Creek. So the county and Airlie have developed and started implementing a Stormwater Master Plan to help ensure the health of the Airlie Lake and the ability of the gardens to handle stormwater runoff in the most effective way possible.
  • Environmental Management Composting Program: New Hanover County is reducing the amount of waste going into the county’s landfill by composting food waste, accepted free of charge from residents and businesses, and using the finished product in county parks and gardens, and sharing it with local organic farmers. Since the program began, it has diverted more than 180 tons of food waste, 600 tons of vegetative waste, and 60 tons of soiled animal bedding/manure from landfill disposal.
  • Short-term rental tax automation and compliance program: The county’s Finance Department converted a manual, paper-based system to an automated system for reporting short-term rental income and making payments so that it is more efficient and convenient for taxpayers and helps to ensure all room occupancy tax revenues are captured.
  • CLASS Project: New Hanover County Public Library partnered with New Hanover County Schools to launch CLASS Project, Connecting Libraries and Schools for Success, in December of 2017. The program has provided automatic, fine free, library accounts to more than 30,000 school students and staff, as well as training on the extensive educational databases and services offered by the library.

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Office of Strategy: 230 Government Center Dr, #191 • Wilmington, NC 28403 • Phone 910-798-7184 • Fax 910-798-7277
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