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Challenge Awards Judging Enters Home Stretch

Aug. 30, 2018

The wait is almost over as final decisions regarding the 2018 CSAC Challenge Awards will be made next week. CSAC will inform the award-winning counties the week of Sept. 10, as well as spotlight the top programs on our website.

This year CSAC received 267 entries from 36 counties. Our panel of judges have reviewed all entries and whittled the list down to 53 finalists from 25 counties. The judges are set to convene in Sacramento next Wednesday to decide which of these finalists will receive either a Challenge or Merit Award.

CSAC staff will travel to the Challenge Award-winning counties to present at Board of Supervisors meetings, as well as produce videos and blogs to spotlight the top programs.

The CSAC Challenge Awards were created in the mid-1990s as a way to spotlight the most innovative and effective programs in county government. Since that time, hundreds of county best practices have been recognized through the awards program.

In 2017, the award entry guidelines were changed to better reflect the diversity of programs being entered. Entry categories now reflect CSAC’s three caucuses (rural, suburban and urban), as well as our five policy areas (Administration of Justice & Public Safety; Agriculture, Environmental & Natural Resources; Government Finance, Administration & Technology;  Health & Human Services; and Housing, Land Use & Transportation).

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