April is National County Government Month

“National County Government Month (NCGM) is celebrated each April by the nation’s counties to raise public awareness and understanding about the roles and responsibilities of county government. The 2011 theme is ‘Serving Our Veterans, Armed Forces and Their Families.’
More than 1,000 counties participate in NCGM each year by hosting a variety community outreach events and activities. These include tours of county facilities, recognition ceremonies for county employees and volunteers, distribution of information about county programs and services, sponsoring student essay contests, meetings with business and community leaders, and adoption of resolutions.
Since 1991, the National Association of Counties (NACo) has encouraged counties across the country to actively promote county government programs and services. Formerly National County Government Week, the designation was expanded to a full month for 2010 to offer more counties more opportunities to plan and participate. Counties aren’t expected to hold public awareness activities throughout the month, but can schedule activities any time during the month.

Use the hashtag #NCGM on Twitter to follow along with the counties celebrating National County Government Month.” (source: NACo’s webpage about the week)

Here’s the 2011 National County Government Month Handbook (PDF)

What’s your County planning to do for the month?

(HT MACo’s Conduit Street blog; Thanks to Jim Philipps of NACo for letting me post most of the text that’s above)

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Stephen Peteritas

In honor of this I will give a shout out to my county gov that I grew up in. Johnson County, KS is awesome and extremely well run. Any county that has it on lock down to the point where it’s police can scan the street for kids breaking curfew is running a pretty good ship. And yes I got busted once for being out too late once or twice growing up.