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Jefferson County in Golden, CO

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Company: Jefferson County in Golden, CO
Company Description: Jefferson County’s abundance of natural beauty, safe communities and quality transportation make it an excellent place to live, work and play. We strive to keep our communities healthy and thriving by being responsive, innovative and acting with the highest integrity in all that we do.
Nomination Category: Company / Organization Categories
Nomination Sub Category: Organization of the Year - Non-Profit or Government - Large

Nomination Title: Jefferson County Achievements in 2017

Tell the story about what this nominated organization has achieved since January 1 2017 (up to 650 words). Focus on specific accomplishments, and relate these accomplishments to past performance or industry norms.

Once an agricultural and mining area, Jefferson County, Colorado is a thriving suburban, business, industrial, recreational and residential community. The county, formally organized in 1861 by the Colorado Territorial Legislature, takes the name of Thomas Jefferson, the third president of the United States.

Jefferson County is a place where the great plains meet the Rocky Mountains with some of the most magnificent scenery in the country. It features rolling grasslands and craggy rock formations, natural foothills, rugged mountains and tumbling mountain streams.

Jeffco’s abundance of natural beauty, safe communities and quality transportation make it an excellent place to live, work and play. As the local county government, we strive to keep our communities healthy and thriving by being responsive, innovative and acting with the highest integrity in all that we do.

In 2017, Jefferson County did much to achieve our mission, vision and values. Here are a few highlights:

Boettcher Mansion celebrates 100 years: Jeffco's historic Boettcher Mansion celebrated its 100th anniversary on July 27, 2017. Built of native stone and timber culled from the property, the "Lorraine Lodge" was enjoyed by family members for more than 50 years. Upon Charline Breeden's death in 1972, the estate was donated to Jefferson County for public use and enjoyment. It now plays hosts to wedding, meetings and visitors from all areas.

Completion of flood repair projects: Jeffco Road & Bridge completed four flood repair projects stemming from the devastating 2013 floods, at a total cost of more than $3,000,000. All four projects involved very steep slopes and extensive retaining walls. Design and construction were performed by private contractors and FEMA is expected to reimburse the majority of the project costs.

Jeffco becomes a Health Links Certified Healthy Business Leader: Jefferson County was recognized as a Health Links Certified Healthy Business Leader in the state of Colorado. By joining the Healthy Business Network, Jefferson County is showing our current and future employees that we are making a commitment to support their health and safety needs in order for them to thrive and be more productive.

Launch of OpenGov Financial Transparency Portal: In an effort to be completely transparent with our citizens about how taxpayer money is collected and spent, Jefferson County launched a digital platform powered by OpenGov that provides residents, elected officials and staff unprecedented access to the county's finances. The OpenGov platform transforms complex financial data into an interactive, digital format that enables better analysis and understanding of the county's finances.

Motor Vehicle Division adds new services: To more easily assist our customers, the Clerk and Recorder's Motor Vehicle Division is began offering vehicle renewals by phone. The county is continually striving to improve the motor vehicle customer experience and were proud to offer this new, convenient service.

Launch of new brand and website: When the county made the decision to create a new website, we realized we first needed to create visual unity throughout the county and all departments. After months of work, the county now has a unified brand that allows citizens to more easily identify the services they need, as well as a website that was built to enhance our user’s experience and make our most accessed items easy to find.

New trailhead opens on the Peaks to Plains Trail: The Peaks to Plains Trail is a future state-wide 65-mile trail that will stretch from downtown Denver to the Continental Divide. Jeffco Open Space celebrated an additional three quarters of a mile of this trail that opened at the Big Easy trailhead. The new recreation area has a restroom, 54 parking spaces, fishing platforms over the water, picnic pavilions, a geology garden, boardwalk and new bridge.

Commissioner Libby Szabo named Elected Official of the Year: In September, Jefferson County Commissioner, Libby Szabo, was chosen by the Jeffco Economic Development Corporation as the Elected Official of the Year for her dedication to business and economic development.

In bullet-list form, briefly summarize up to ten (10) of the chief accomplishments of this organization since the beginning of 2017 (up to 150 words).

-The historic Boettcher Mansion celebrates 100 years
-Jeffco Road & Bridge completed final repairs from the devastating 2013 floods
-Jeffco signs on to be Health Links Certified Healthy Business Leader, cementing its commitment to health wellness
-Cohesive and consistent brand identity was developed and launchedA new, mobile-responsive website was developed and launched that will make doing business online with the county faster and easier
-The OpenGov Financial Transparency Portal was launched to provide our citizens with complete financial transparency
-The Big Easy Trailhead opened as part of the Peaks to Plains Trail
-Jefferson County Commissioner Szabo was named Elected Official of the Year by the Jefferson County Economic Development Coportation
-The county’s Clerk and Recorder's Motor Vehicle Division launched a renewal by phone option

Of the following measures of success, which ONE do you want the judges to most appreciate about your organization's story of achievement since the beginning of 2017? Public Service