The challenges in local government are perplexing and important — getting the job done more effectively/efficiently (or both), improving your community in ways that last a long while or simply figuring out how to do more with less in tough economic times.
But with challenge comes opportunity and new solutions. That’s one reason why the Texas Association of Counties (TAC) sponsors two important award programs each year.
First, TAC sponsors its annual Best Practices Awards program for Texas counties to recognize and promote the best improvements in services at the county level. Second, TAC and the Texas Municipal League (TML) sponsor the City-County Cooperation Award annually for collaborative projects that show innovations in ways counties and cities can work together for the betterment of their communities.
Entry deadlines for both award programs are fast approaching, so if you have a program you believe is worthy of statewide recognition, please note the deadlines.
TAC Best Practices Awards deadline is 5 p.m. April 22; and
City-County Cooperation Award deadline is 5 p.m. April 30.
TAC Best Practices Awards
To nominate a program, go to TAC Leadership Program County Best Practices Awards Program. The nomination form appears there, as well as samples of well-written, award-winning narratives from previous years. Officials with additional questions about the program may contact TAC’s .
Nomination forms are due to TAC by 5 p.m. April 22. Completed forms should be e-mailed or mailed to or P.O. Box 2131, Austin, TX 78768.
City-County Cooperation Award
To nominate a program, go to the TAC-TML City-County Cooperation Award brochure. Questions about the program should be directed to either or .
Nominations are due to TML by 5 p.m. April 30. Submissions must be mailed or shipped, so make sure they are sent in time to make the deadline. The address is City-County Cooperation Award Program, 1821 Rutherford Lane, Suite 400, Austin, TX 78754-5128.
Winning Best Practices projects will be promoted in County magazine and are recognized at commissioner’s court meetings and the TAC 2011 Post-Legislative Conference. City-County Cooperation Award winners are recognized in both TAC’s and TML’s magazines and at the conferences of both organizations as well as the conference of the Texas Association of Regional Councils, which co-sponsors the program.