DOÑA ANA COUNTY RECEIVES NATIONAL RECOGNITION FOR COLONIAS INITIATIVE

DOÑA ANA COUNTY RECEIVES NATIONAL RECOGNITION FOR COLONIAS INITIATIVE

The National Association of Counties has awarded a 2006 Achievement Award to Doña Ana County’s Colonias Initiative.

“NACo greatly appreciates Doña Ana County’s participation in our Achievement Awards,” wrote NACo Executive Director Larry Naake in an award-notification letter to Doña Ana County Commission Chairwoman Dolores Saldaña-Caviness. “In addition to giving us an opportunity to formally recognize effective and creative programs, the program enhances our awareness of county activities and allows us to share valuable information with other counties across the nation.”

The Doña Ana County Colonias initiative is the county’s multi-department collaborative effort to raise the standard of living in all 37 of Doña Ana County’s federally recognized colonias. Through health-care programs, educational outreach, community meetings and infrastructure improvements, Doña Ana County’s departments have been working together since 2002 to make substantive positive changes to colonias conditions.

Using local funds, as well as federal and state appropriations, Doña Ana County has made significant annual strides toward bringing individual communities off the federal colonias list, thereby improving the overall standard of living county-wide while also providing localized bases for economic development and tourism in a host of small, historic communities.

NACo will present the 2006 Achievement Awards at its national conference during an Aug. 6 banquet at Lakeside Center in Chicago, Ill. Winners also will be featured on NACo’s website at www.naco.org.

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