The organization, the Washington County: One Community! program, describes as its goals: ":Citizens devoted to positive communication across our county, demonstrating, celebrating and promoting success.":
Maine Rural Partners presented the award, which typically goes to communities that use their resources most effectively.
This is the first time that an entire county has come together to work on such an initiative.
The organization hopes to inspire other communities, and has been developing a model that could be used by neighboring regions.