Two localities on the Peninsula recently earned 2022 Innovation Awards through The Virginia Municipal League.
The Virginia Municipal League is a statewide non-profit competition that recognizes innovative problem-solving, excellence in management, citizen participation, and improved services to citizens. The competition has been held since 1905.
The City of Williamsburg was awarded the 2022 Innovation Award in the Risk Management category for its reserve protection budget strategy during the covid-19pandemic. It’s the second consecutive year Williamsburg was recognized.
“We are extremely proud to receive this honor from the Virginia Municipal League,” said City Manager Andrew O. Trivette in a release. “Our staff developed and executed a three-year strategy, focused on protecting the reserve, addressing the immediate needs of the pandemic, and with the ability to fight the next emergency with a robust reserve still intact.”
Newport News received two Innovation Awards, the only municipality to do so. The city was honored for the Newport News Community Assistance Response (CARE) Program. Launched in July 2021, CARE provides initial support for those experiencing mental or behavioral health issues. CARE is a partnership among Newport News fire and police departments and Hampton-Newport News Community Services Board.
Newport News YouthBuild was also recognized with an Innovation Award. YouthBuild is a workforce development and education program geared toward youth ages 16-24 to earn money and gain hands-on experience in in-demand industries.
Awards will be handed out during Virginia Municipal League’s annual conference in October.