Richmond County announced three national weeks recognizing individuals and businesses that make valuable contributions to the community.  

National Public Safety Telecommunications Week

The Association of Public Communications Officials designated the second week in April to recognize public safety telecommunicators, and Richmond County followed suit declaring April 11-17 National Public Safety Telecommunications Week recognizing that dispatchers “play a critical role in the protection and preservation of life and property.”

The county’s resolution recognized that dispatchers are the first link between citizens and emergency responders, and that the safety of both the citizens and emergency responders depends on dispatchers’ skills. “It’s a job that calls for professionalism, efficiency and compassion but one that is seldom recognized,” the document said.

“I want to thank them for a job they do very well,” said Sheriff Stephan Smith. “It’s a stressful job and it’s trying at times but they do a good job.”

National Volunteer Week

Richmond County declared April 18 – 24 National Volunteer Week to inspire, recognize and encourage people to seek out imaginative ways to engage in their community.

The declaration also aims to show the community that by working together, they can meet any goal or challenge set forth.

The board said it wanted to show appreciation to the volunteers that give many hours of service in Richmond County each year, and it recognizes volunteers as vital to the future of a caring and productive nation. 

Further, the board urges Richmond County citizens to also honor people who dedicate their time and effort to bettering the community.

National Small Business Week

May 2–8 was designated as National Small Business Week.

America’s progress was driven by pioneers who think big, take risks and work hard. “Small businesses are the backbone of our economy and the cornerstones of the nation’s promise,” the board’s resolution said.

“The country’s 30 million small businesses create nearly two out of three new jobs in the economy so we cannot resolve ourselves to create jobs and spur economic growth without discussing ways to support entrepreneurs,” it added.

Richmond County said it supports the national effort to help small businesses grow, create jobs and ensure communities remain vibrant, and the county is urging citizens to also join in and support small businesses in the community.

On the appropriate weeks, the county plans to publish the full resolutions in the newspaper to underscore its show of support.