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Posted on: August 13, 2020

[ARCHIVED] Scotland County Recognized with Award

REMOTE Friday, August 14, 2020 Scotland County Department of Social Services (DSS) will be featured during the LGFCU Innovation Hour, which will be held as part of the North Carolina Association of County Commissioners (NCACC) 2020 Virtual Annual Conference. Scotland County staff were selected to receive a Local Government Federal Credit Union (LGFCU) Excellence in Innovation Award for developing a successful, novel program to help counties improve services to citizens.

The project, LIEAP into the Community, allowed Scotland County DSS to work with four senior apartment complexes to ensure senior citizens were able to heat and cool their homes.  Before the outreach into the community LIEAP (Low Income Energy Assistance Program) funds were not being utilized to assist senior citizens and low income individuals as fully as they should.  After the program was implemented LIEAP funds saw a more than 70% increase to help Scotland County residents heat and cool their home.  The community was grateful for this outreach and it is now being recognized as an innovative idea by the NCACC and LGFCU (Local Government Federal Credit Union).

What:  LGFCU Innovation Hour, hosted by the North Carolina Association of County Commissioners

When: Friday, August 14, 2020, 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Where: Remote, click here to access the session.

Why: To recognize county employees for finding new and improved ways to serve their communities.    

Who: LGFCU Excellence in Innovation Award recipients from Alexander, Buncombe, Catawba, Henderson, Macon, Scotland, Transylvania, Union, and Watauga counties.

  • Behavioral Health Clinic – Alexander County
  • Energy Innovation Task Force – Buncombe County
  • Make Your Recycling Efforts Count – Catawba County
  • Library to Go – Catawba County
  • Behavioral Health Navigation for Inmates – Henderson County
  • No Wrong Door – Macon County
  • “LIEAP” into the Community – Scotland County
  • Fungi Demonstration Project – Transylvania County
  • Behavioral Health Collaborative – Union County
  • High Country Food Hub – Watauga County

The North Carolina Association of County Commissioners (NCACC) is the official voice of all 100 counties on issues considered by the General Assembly, Congress and federal and state agencies. The Association provides expertise to counties in the areas of advocacy, research, risk management and education and leadership training.

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