Innovation Awards

The Board of Larimer County Commissioners on May 29th recognized Larimer County employees who have shown ingenuity, creativity, and improved processes at Larimer County with the 2019 Innovation Awards.

Three Grand Prize Winners, one Runner-Up, and one Honorable Mention were awarded for the seventh year of the Innovation Awards Program. The awards were chosen based on resourceful, groundbreaking or innovative approaches to providing Larimer County services to citizens.

Larimer County sets aside $5,000 for the awards, which can be awarded to one project or split up among projects.

 

Grand Prize Winners:

 

Larimer County Road and Bridge Department: Road Weather Information Stations

J.C. Van Cleave, Jim Frick, Ted Jensen, Rick Johnson, Grand Prize Award: $1,250

The Larimer County Road and Bridge Department installed roadside towers containing monitoring equipment providing real-time weather and road conditions. The information from the monitoring towers is easily accessible by county residents, managers, and employees. This innovation helps Larimer County can make better decisions for their snow removal program. 

Larimer County Human Services: Sleep Tight, the Kids are All Right

Angela Mead, Grand Prize Award: $1,250

Larimer County Department of Human Services Child and Family Services Manager Angela Mead developed a training curriculum, “Sleep Tight, the Kids are All Right,” a comprehensive course to help Child Welfare Supervisors explore their struggles, acknowledge fears, and acquire strategies to help deal with the unknown in their jobs.

She developed the program from inception, and with the support of the Kempe Center, it is now part of the Colorado Child Welfare Training Academy across the state of Colorado. Her work is also being highlighted nationally, too.

Larimer County Treasurer’s Office, Information Technology Department: Property Tax Payment/Check Scanning Automation

Brandon Davis, Todd Sims, Kathleen Sullivan, Jackson Little, Grand Prize Award, $1,250

The Larimer County Treasurer’s Office partnered with Information Technology to craft an end-to-end automated check processing solution to replace the manual check entry process for over 100,000 property tax payments entered by Treasury and bank staff each year.

The new system decreases staff time processing payments, increases workflow, and saves taxpayer dollars through eliminating offsite services and delivery fees while increasing security for customers. 

 

Runner-Up:

 

Environmental and Consumer Health Operations: New ECHO web-based tool

Nicole Aguilar, Dan Repella, Joseph Schreurs, Kathleen Sullivan, John Thompson, Sabrina Santos

Runner-Up Prize Award, $1,000

Larimer County’s Environmental and Consumer Health Operations (ECHO) application is a web-based tool permitting the Department of Health and Environment to inspect food, child care, and school establishments.

The program features two applications: a mobile app which is used to conduct inspections in the field and upload collected data, and a management app which manages the data, reports, and lets activities run in the system. ECHO replaced an outdated, cumbersome, and unsupported Access database to help maintain internal county control of data and support the new state regulations and inspection forms.

 

Honorable Mention:

 

Risk Management: Improving Communication through Technology

Donna Notter, Honorable Mention Prize Award $250

Efforts to improve communication with the hard of hearing/deaf community in the county, Risk Management applied a video remote interpretation solution providing American Sign Language interpreters 24/7, 365 days a year that can be accessed via a computer, tablet or smartphone application. In addition to ASL, this solution also provides live video translation services in over 100 languages.

 

Published on: 
Thursday, May 30, 2019 - 12:35pm
Contact Details:

Board of County Commissioners, (970) 498-7010, BOCC@larimer.org, Bridget Paris, HR Director, (970) 498-5976, bparis@larimer.org, Linda Hoffmann, County Manager, (970) 498-7004, lhoffmann@larimer.org

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