The Association of Indiana Counties’ has awarded Dubois County, the State of Indiana and the U.S. Department of Agriculture the 2016 Local Government Cooperation Award for its response to the avian flu epidemic early this year. Back in January the outbreak impacted a large percentage of turkey producers in the region. The association says the cooperative response between more than 20 local agencies is being credited with the epidemic’s relatively short life cycle compared to similar epidemics across the nation.
Counties that win this prestigious award must demonstrate that the project meets the following criteria including: Demonstrate cooperation between one or more municipalities and county(s) and include a high level of positive collaboration, Innovation, making a positive impact on the community and the participating governmental units, and showing the potential for the activity to serve as a model for other local governments
The award was announced earlier this week during the AIC’s Annual Conference in Fort Wayne.
Counties that win this award are chosen by a committee comprised of elected county officials from across the state.
The AIC’s Annual Conference is the largest gathering of county officials in the state.