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    County Recognized For Innovative Programs

    Tarrant County will receive five Achievement Awards at the annual National Association of Counties (NACo) Conference later this month, more than any other Texas County.  The NACo awards recognize innovative county government programs that result in improving residents’ quality of life.

    The Tarrant County Public Health (TCPH) Department received an award for its “Be Mosquito Free” public education program, launched in response to community concerns over the Zika Virus.  The main objective was to get Tarrant County residents to take an active role in preventing the spread of all mosquito-borne illnesses.  The education information was compiled in one concise, easy-to-find website, which included a Zika Hotline for residents to connect directly with TCPH.  The materials were also designed for reuse by Tarrant County cities.

    The Tax Assessor-Collector’s Office received an award for designing a cash balancing standardization tool that reliably provides a consistent, uniform and efficient means of comparing sales to cash receipts.  The system has already been adopted by numerous Tax Offices across the state.

    The Tarrant County Commissioners Court was recognized for proposing the Armed Forces First Initiative, which honors military personnel when they do business with the County.  The initiative allows personnel wearing military uniforms the ability to move to the front of the line when queuing for County services, such as vehicle license renewals, birth certificates and marriage licenses. Since the initiative has been in place, over 7,000 military personnel have utilized the service.

    The Tarrant County Information Technology Department received an award for developing a wireless mobile audio/visual platform that includes an interactive high-definition display to replace outmoded smart boards in courtrooms.

    Dubbed MAVerick, the platform incorporates:

    • Interactive touch-screen display,
    • Audio and video playback with background noise elimination,
    • Resizing capability for images and documents,
    • On-screen capture and annotation,
    • Whiteboard capability,
    • Remote point-to-point video conferencing,
    • Wireless and wired network connectivity,
    • External personal device connectivity,
    • Printer connectivity and
    • External AV equipment connectivity.

    Although originally developed for the Tarrant County Judicial Courts, the MAVerick program’s unique capabilities can also be used for training and departmental meetings.

    The County Clerk’s Office, Criminal District Attorney Mental Health Division, Courts and Information Technology Department were recognized together for a joint effort to reduce the heavily paper-laden Probate processes for mental health and guardianship cases.

    The Paper-On-Demand Electronic Office has resulted in a cost-savings of more than $65,000 per year by reducing the usage of paper, toner and file jackets, as well as physical storage costs.  The system eliminates hand-carrying more than 55,000 documents annually as well as routing delays and processing times.  It provides for electronic signatures and remote access to all case documents and reduces staff hours devoted to file creation.  It has an added benefit that allows guardians to electronically submit annual reports.

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    News release date: June 30, 2017