Clark County received three awards from the National Association of Counties (NACo) as part of its 2022 Achievement Awards. The Department of Environment and Sustainability (DES) won two awards: a Best in Category Award for County Administration and Management for the Online Mineral Processing Tool for Air Quality Permits and an Achievement Award in County Resiliency for the All-In Clark County: Sustainability and Climate Action Plan for County Operations. Additionally, the Clark County Registrar’s Office won an Excellence in Information Technology Award for the Registration Notification Service (RNS) application it developed.
“Clark County employees are some of the best and brightest in our community,” said County Executive Yolanda King. “Their work ethic and dedication to daily service to residents and visitors to Southern Nevada is truly unparalleled. I am proud of their accomplishments and happy to see that they have received national recognition for their efforts.
Founded in 1935 and based in Washington, DC, the National Association of Counties (NACo) represents the 3,069 US county governments. Its Annual Achievement Awards have been presented annually since 1970.
About award-winning programs
Program: Online Mineral Processing Tool for Air Quality Permitting (Best in Class Winner)
Category: County administration and management
Department: Environment and sustainability
The DES Air Quality Division has developed its online Mineral Processing Tool for Air Quality Permits to reduce the time and effort associated with preparing and processing applications while respecting county submission standards. By switching to an online application tool that automates very complex calculations, DES is able to save applicants and staff time and use their resources more efficiently.
Program: All-In Clark County: Sustainability and Climate Action Plan for County Operations
Category: County Resilience
Department: Environment and sustainability
Clark County Receives Three National Association of Counties Awards, Continued.
Developed by DES’s Office of Sustainability, the All-In Clark County initiative strives to create a sustainable and resilient community for today and the future. The Sustainability and Climate Action Plan is a roadmap for increasing the sustainability of the county’s internal operations and also illustrates the county’s commitment to addressing the risks and impacts of climate change while leading the south of the Nevada towards a sustainable and resilient future.
“These two programs exemplify the talent, dedication and ingenuity of DES staff to take on a very complex challenge and develop long-term solutions that will benefit the community in the future,” said DES Director Marci Henson. “It’s truly an honor to see the people who worked on these projects being recognized for their efforts.”
Program: The Registration Notification Service (RNS)
Category: Computer science
Department: Recorder’s desk
Created by the Clark County Recorder’s Office, Information Technology Unit, the Recording Notification Service (RNS) application allows citizens to monitor if and when documents are recorded on a specific property. It is a cost-effective and user-friendly application for maintaining property records as well as detecting fraudulent activity.
“Right now Las Vegas is in growth mode and the Recorder’s Office is processing over a million public records a year,” said Debbie Conway, Clark County Recorder. “RNS is a tool designed to notify subscribers whenever a document is saved with a monitored name or package number. This service will be extremely beneficial to everyone who enrolls in the program. Participants will be notified if anything has been registered against their property so they can follow up as soon as possible. Many people don’t find out that a lien has been placed on their property until they sell it because they aren’t in the habit of checking their property records.
The best-in-class winners will be celebrated at the NACo Awards of Excellence Luncheon on July 23 at the NACo Annual Conference and Expo in Adams County, Colorado.
About the Department of Environment and Sustainable Development
The Department of Environment and Sustainability is the air pollution control agency, regional Endangered Species Act compliance program, and office of sustainability for the entire Clark County, Nevada. Created as the Air Quality Department by the Clark County Commission in 2001, it was renamed in 2020 and has three divisions: Air Quality, Desert Conservation Program, and Office of Sustainability. Through these three divisions, DES ensures the air we share meets sound regulatory standards, administers the county’s multi-species habitat conservation plan, and addresses climate change through the initiative. All-In Clark County.
About the Registrar’s Office
The Clark County Recorder’s Office serves the cities of Las Vegas, North Las Vegas, Henderson, Boulder City, Laughlin, Mesquite, and other unincorporated areas of Clark County. The Archivist’s office records over one million documents annually, including land records, finance documents, mining records, military discharge papers, and various liens and lien releases. The Archivist’s Office provides for the subsequent retrieval of records for public viewing and provides copies and certified copies of all records. The office is also responsible for collecting registration fees and property transfer taxes.
Clark County is a dynamic and innovative organization dedicated to providing superior service with integrity, respect and accountability. With jurisdiction over the famous Las Vegas Strip and covering an area the size of New Jersey, Clark is the 11th largest county in the nation and provides extensive regional services to 2.3 million citizens and 45.6 million visitors per year (2019). Included are the 9th busiest airport in the nation, air quality compliance, social services, and the state’s largest public hospital, University Medical Center. The county also provides municipal services that are traditionally provided by cities to 1 million people in the unincorporated area. These include fire protection, roads and other public works, parks and recreation, and planning and development.