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Livingston County earns national achievement awards for transportation and human services programs

Staff Writer
The Dansville Online

WASHINGTON — Livingston County has been recognized with two Achievement Awards from the National Association of Counties (NACo). These awards honor innovative, effective county government programs that strengthen services for residents.

The two Livingston County programs recognized by NACo are:

• Ride LivINgston, a trip planning website (http://www.ridelivingston.com/) that uses “one-click” technology to identify trip options – from public transportation to paratransit to taxi services – and facilitate access to transportation services for all Livingston County residents, with specific emphasis on older adults, people with disabilities and individuals with lower incomes in need of specialized transportation services.

• Pathway Into Trades (PIT) Crew, a program to reduce poverty by providing recipients of public assistance with in-demand job skills through the completion of public works projects.

Livingston County Administrator Ian M. Coyle stated, “Many kudos to the Livingston County Departments of Planning, Workforce Development, Social Services and Central Services for collaborating on these unique and innovative programs that benefit so many of our county residents.”

NACo President Mary Ann Borgeson said, “We are seeing firsthand now more than ever that counties work tirelessly to support our residents. This year’s Achievement Award-winning programs showcase how counties build healthy, safe and vibrant communities across America.”

Nationally, awards are given in 18 different categories that reflect the vast, comprehensive services counties provide. The categories include children and youth, criminal justice and public safety, county administration, information technology, health, civic engagement and many more.

Started in 1970, NACo’s annual Achievement Awards program is designed to recognize county government innovations. Each nominee is judged on its own merits and not against other applications received.