Clark County received three awards from the National Association of Counties (NACo) in its 2022 Achievement Awards. The Department of Environment and Sustainability (DES) claimed two awards—a Best in Category Award for County Administration and Management for the Online Mineral Processing Tool for Air Quality Permitting and an Achievement Award in County Resiliency for the All-In Clark County: Sustainability and Climate Action Plan for County Operations. In addition, the Clark County Recorder’s Office captured an Achievement Award in Information Technology for the Recording Notification Service (RNS) app it developed.
“Clark County employees are among the best and brightest in our community,” said County Manager Yolanda King. “Their work ethic and dedication to service on a daily basis to the people and visitors of Southern Nevada is truly unparalleled. I am proud of their achievements and happy to see they received national recognition for their efforts.”
Founded in 1935 and based in Washington, D.C., the National Association of Counties (NACo) represents America’s 3,069 county governments. Its annual Achievement Awards have been given each year since 1970.
About the Award-winning Programs
Program: Online Mineral Processing Tool for Air Quality Permitting (Best in Category recipient)
Category: County Administration and Management
Department: Environment and Sustainability
DES’s Division of Air Quality developed its Online Mineral Processing Tool for Air Quality Permitting to reduce the time and effort associated with preparing and processing applications while meeting the County’s submittal standards. By moving to an online application tool that automates highly complex calculations, DES is able to save time for both applicants and staff and use their resources more efficiently.
Program: All-In Clark County: Sustainability and Climate Action Plan for County Operations
Category: County Resiliency
Department: Environment and Sustainability
Clark County Receives Three Awards from National Association of Counties, cont.
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 addresses climate change risks and impacts while leading Southern Nevada toward a sustainable and resilient future.
“Both of these programs illustrate the talent, dedication and ingenuity of DES staff to take a highly complex challenge and develop long-term solutions that will benefit the community well into the future,” said DES director Marci Henson. “It’s truly and honor to see the people who worked on these projects be recognized for their efforts.”
Program: The Recording Notification Service (RNS)
Category: Information Technology
Department: Recorder’s Office
Created by the Clark County Recorder’s Office, Information Technology Unit, the Recording Notification Service (RNS) app allows citizens to monitor if and when documents are recorded on a specific property. It is a cost-effective, user-friendly application to maintain property records as well as detect fraudulent activity.
“Currently Las Vegas is in a growth mode and the Recorder’s Office processes more than a million public documents annually,” said Clark County Recorder Debbie Conway. “RNS is a tool designed to notify subscribers each time a document is recorded against a monitored name or a parcel number. This service will be extremely beneficial to all who enroll in the program. Participants will be notified if something has been recorded against their property so they can follow up as soon as possible. Many people don’t find out a lien has been placed on their property until they sell it because they aren’t used to checking their property records.”
The Best in Category winners will be celebrated at the NACo Achievement Awards luncheon on July 23 at NACo’s Annual Conference and Exposition in Adams County, Colo.
About the Department of Environment and Sustainability
The Department of Environment and Sustainability is the air pollution control agency, regional Endangered Species Act compliance program, and sustainability office for all of Clark County, Nevada. Established as the Department of Air Quality by the Clark County Commission in 2001, it was renamed in 2020 and is comprised of three divisions: Air Quality, Desert Conservation Program and Office of Sustainability. Through these three divisions, DES is ensuring the air we share meets healthful, regulatory standards, administering the County's Multiple Species Habitat Conservation Plan and addressing climate change through the All-In Clark County initiative.
About the Recorder’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 Recorder’s Office records more than a million documents per year including land records, financing documents, mining records, military discharge papers and various liens and lien releases. The Recorder’s Office provides for the subsequent retrieval of records for public viewing and provides copies and certified copies of all documents. The office also is responsible for collecting recording fees and Real Property Transfer Taxes.
Clark County is a dynamic and innovative organization dedicated to providing top-quality service with integrity, respect and accountability. With jurisdiction over the world-famous Las Vegas Strip and covering an area the size of New Jersey, Clark is the nation’s 11th-largest county and provides extensive regional services to 2.3 million citizens and 45.6 million visitors a year (2019). Included are the nation’s 9th-busiest airport, 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 residents in the unincorporated area. Those include fire protection, roads and other public works, parks and recreation, and planning and development.