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National Night Out August 5th, 2014
The Albemarle County Police Department would like to invite the community to join us for National Night Out on Tuesday, August 5th, 2014 at Darden Towe Park on Pantops. The event is free for the public and will run from 5:30-8:30 pm.

National Night Out promotes police-community partnerships, crime prevention and neighborhood camaraderie. The event compliments our efforts with Geographic-Based Policing and allows the Department to foster positive relationships with the citizens of Albemarle County. It is an opportunity to learn more about the Department and for us to hear from the citizens we serve.

VDOT Announces Request for Qualifications Issued for Rt. 29 Projects
The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) has advertised for a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) from companies that may be interested in submitting bids for a design-build contract for three Route 29 (Seminole Trail) improvement projects.

Albemarle County Announces Several Important Changes to Ambulance Transportation Billing Program
Albemarle County Fire Rescue officials are announcing two important changes to the County’s Emergency Medical Service (EMS) Cost Recovery program related to ambulance transportation.

On August 1, 2014, Albemarle County will initiate a Residents Program that will eliminate billing of residents and will only bill their insurance companies and non County residents for ambulance transport. It has always been Albemarle County’s goal to only collect for ambulance transport from insurance companies and non-residents, and the County recently received approval from the Office of the Inspector General to implement this Residents Program.

Tourism to Shenandoah National Park creates $72.4 million in Economic Benefit
Report shows visitor spending supports 889 jobs in local economy

A new National Park Service (NPS) report shows that 1.14 million visitors to Shenandoah National Park in 2013 spent $72.4 million in communities near the park. That spending supported 889 jobs in the local area.

Albemarle County Announces Upgrades to Audio System in Lane Auditorium to Enhance Quality
Albemarle County is pleased to announce that a new audio system installed in Lane Auditorium will increase the sound quality of meetings and live streaming for the Board of Supervisors, School Board, Planning Commission, and other groups that meet in that space. The new and improved system will improve the meeting experience for those in attendance and will provide better clarity for those listening on line.

New Virginia Stormwater Management Program (VSMP) Forms and Process!
On July 1st Albemarle County became a state VSMP authority. Also, the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) transferred administration of their “General VDPES Permit for Discharges of Stormwater from Construction Activities” (a.k.a. DEQ General Permit) to the County. You can find the new application form in the Engineering and WPO Forms Center. If you have a project in process or under construction, you may need to make an application with the County. You will need to provide the full Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plan (SWPPP).  More thorough instructions can be found in this letter.

Albemarle County Ranks Second in the Nation for Delivering Digital Services
For the twelfth year in a row, Albemarle County has been named among the top ten most technologically advanced, cutting edge county governments of its size in the U.S. by the Center for Digital Government (CDG) and the National Association of Counties (NACo) in their 2014 Digital Counties Survey. Albemarle County ranks second in the nation in utilizing information technology to deliver high quality service to its customers and citizens based on a population category of 150,000 or less, the highest ranking ever received by Albemarle.