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County Wins National Award
Mecklenburg County received national recognition for its innovations and strategies to improve the management and performance of local government.

Charlotte, NC - The Performance Institute named Mecklenburg County as the 2005 City and County Performance Management Award winner for its Managing for Results initiative. The award recognizes innovative management practices in local government that lead to increased transparency, accountability and program performance.

Managing for Results, or M4R, is uses measurable performance results to make management decisions and funding choices. M4R consists of various initiatives:  developing the Board's Community & Corporate Scorecard goals and performance measures; program review/assessment; priority setting; performance budgeting by service; and transparency in funding. Each aspect contributes to the effective and efficient delivery of service to Mecklenburg residents.

"This recognition is a tribute to the Board and to Mecklenburg County employees," said County Manager Harry Jones. "The Board initiated a strategic review of every County program and ranked each program based on its value to the community. County staff developed the innovative tools and processes to make Managing for Results our way of conducting the public's business in Mecklenburg County."

Mecklenburg County received the 2005 City and County Performance Management Award over two other finalists - Sarasota, FL and Syracuse, NY. The award recognizes contributions in five core function areas: strategic planning, budgeting, human resources management, information technology and procurement/contracting.

"What stood out in our eyes was the innovation of the program assessment that Mecklenburg County achieved," said Performance Institute President Carl DeMaio. "We have not seen this type of performance management commitment on a local level."

The Performance Institute is a private, nonpartisan organization that works to improve government results and serves as the nation's leading authority on performance-based management practices for government agencies. More information on the County's Managing for Results initiative is available on

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