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County government in spotlight this month

The Douglas County Board of Commissioners is joining other counties across the country in designating April as National County Government Month.

It approved a proclamation stating that counties are ready and resilient to prepare, respond and thrive.

Other points made in the proclamation:

• The nation’s 3,069 counties serve more than 300 million Americans, providing essential services to create healthy, safe, vibrant and economically resilient communities.

• Counties build infrastructure, maintain roads and bridges, provide health care, administer justice, keep communities safe, run elections, manage solid waste, keep records and more.

• Douglas County and all counties take pride in their responsibility to protect and enhance the health, welfare and safety of its residents in sensible and cost-effective ways.

• In order to remain healthy, vibrant, safe and economically competitive, America’s counties must be able to anticipate and adapt to all types of changes.

• Through National Association of Counties President Linda Langston’s Resilient Counties Initiative, NACo is encouraging counties to focus on how they prepare and respond to natural disasters and emergencies or any situation that the counties may face, such as economic recovery or public health and safety challenges.

• Each year since 1991 the National Association of Counties has encouraged counties across the country to actively promote their own programs and services to the public they service.

• The Douglas County Board of Commissioners proclaims April 2014 as National County Government Month and encourages all county officials, employees, schools and residents to participate in county government celebration activities.