ELLICOTT CITY, MD – Howard County Executive Calvin Ball today announced that Howard County has received a record 51 Achievement Awards from the National Association of Counties (NACo). Howard County received the most awards in the state of Maryland from NACo, the leading organization representing county-level government operations. The Community Outreach on the Oakland Mills Road Complete Streets Project received the Best in Category award for Transportation.

Howard County is a center of innovation and transformation. These awards reflect that Howard County is the very best place where people of all ages, abilities, races, religions, and socioeconomic statuses can become their very best selves. This record number of awards could not be possible without our incredible employees who help make Howard County the best place to live, work, play, and grow for all.

Calvin Ball
Howard County Executive

NACo Achievement Awards are the premier national honor to recognize innovative and transformative programs that provide new services for county residents, improve existing programs, upgrade working conditions, and enhance citizen participation and public policymaking. Since taking office in December of 2018, Howard County Executive Calvin Ball has led the County in becoming a national leader in innovation and transformation, leading up to a total 81 NACo awards between 2019-2022. In 2022, Howard County received a total of 43 awards, earning the 5th highest number of awards in the nation, compared to other counties.

The winning entries include:


Arts, Culture and Historic Preservation

Children and Youth

Civic Education and Public Information

Community and Economic Development

Community Administration and Management

County Resiliency

Criminal Justice and Public Safety


Human Services

Information Technology

Parks and Recreation

Personnel Management, Employment and Training


Risk and Emergency Management


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