Four innovative county projects were recognized with Association of Minnesota Counties' (AMC) 2003 ‘County Achievement Awards' for exhibiting excellence and innovation in their counties. Projects from Dakota, Itasca, Olmsted and Winona Counties received the awards from 2003 AMC President Gene Short, Redwood County Commissioner, who presented the awards at the Association's annual conference December 8 in Minneapolis. The recipients were nominated by their counties and selected by a committee of county officials, chaired by AMC Second Vice President Harlan Madsen, Kandiyohi County Commissioner.
WINONA COUNTY: THE HABITAT FOR HUMANITY "RESTORE"
This project is a successful collaboration between Winona County and Habitat for Humanity in the establishment of Minnesota's very first Habitat ReStore. This innovative project, in which Winona County played a vital liaison role between the local non-profit and key state agencies, fulfilled strategic goals of both organizers. For Habitat for Humanity, Winona County profits from the ReStore will fund the construction of additional Habitat homes. For Winona County Environmental Services, the ReStore is a key component of the reuse infrastructure they are working to build within Winona County.
The Association of Minnesota Counties (AMC) is a voluntary statewide organization that assists the state's 87 counties in providing effective county governance to the people of Minnesota. It is the mission of the Association to assist in the provision of effective county governance for the people of Minnesota. The association works closely with the legislative and administrative branches of government in seeing that legislation and policies favorable to counties are enacted. In addition, the Association provides educational programs, training, research and communications for county officials.