100 Best Communities - 2008, 2010, 2011, & 2012
Pitt County was selected from over 300 communities that applied from all fifty states. The 100 Best competitions recognize local communities for the outstanding and innovative work they are doing to help young people succeed.
The America’s Promise Alliance chose Pitt County because of our community’s ability to unite different sectors to work on behalf of its young people. The Alliance felt that Pitt County reflected its Five Promises agenda: caring adults, safe places, a healthy start, an effective education, and opportunities to help others.
Fit Community - 2006-2009, 2007-2010, & 2010-2013
To address the growing obesity epidemic, commissioners of the Health and Wellness Trust Fund created a comprehensive program that would promote and help implement proven and innovative interventions to increase people’s physical activity and improve nutrition choices.
HWTF partnered with Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina to launch Fit Together in 2004, a statewide campaign designed to raise awareness around the dangers of unhealthy weight and to equip individuals and communities with the tools they need to address this serious health concern.
In 2005, Fit Together unveiled Fit Community, a program to recognize and reward municipality and county-wide efforts to promote physical activity, healthy eating and tobacco-free programs, policies, environments and lifestyles.
In 2006, Pitt County received an Honorable Mention; 2010-2013 brought the County a Bronze designation.
American Heart Association Gold Employer
The American Heart Association recognizes employers who go above and beyond when it comes to their employees’ health. The Association wants to reward companies for their progressive leadership and highlight their concern for their staff.
Pitt County leads by example by instituting the following healthful practices:
- Continued annual Biometrics/Health Risk Assessments with requirement to earn 4 additional “health” credits via classes, seminars, or exercise opportunities to control employee health plan costs and keep co-pays minimal
- Adding healthy options to ALL vending machines throughout the County facilities – both food and drink choices
- Encouraging employees to participate in the Physical Activity Challenge began in April 2008 and providing quarterly incentives for completion of activities/exercise
GFOA Distinguished Budget & GFOA CAFR Award Winners
The Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) has awarded a Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting to Pitt County for its Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) for 22 consecutive years. In order to be awarded a Certificate of Achievement, a government must publish an easily readable and efficiently organized comprehensive annual financial report. This report must satisfy both generally accepted accounting principles and applicable legal requirements. It is the highest recognition in the area of governmental accounting and financial reporting and demonstrates a "spirit of full disclosure" in communicating Pitt County's financial story.
The County has received the Distinguished Budget Award for 16 consecutive years.
Pitt County Celebrates its Semiquincentennial
Pitt County Government turned 250 years old in 2010. Established in 1760 and named in honor of William Pitt, Earl of Chatham, who was Prime Minister of England at the time, Pitt County is proud of its heritage. Several events marked the occasion, including the start of the What’s Your History? Project, which chronicled the lives of Pitt County citizens, churches, and businesses. The corresponding DVD and compilation book are housed in local libraries and historical societies.
View the From Insignificance to Prominence video.