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Barnstable County Celebrates National County Government Month with a Focus on Education and Engagement 

Barnstable, MA (April 3, 2024) – Barnstable County proudly announces its participation in National County Government Month (NCGM) this April, embracing the theme “Forward Together,” a vision promoted by the National Association of Counties (NACo). This theme highlights the critical role of county governments as entities dedicated to fostering community connections, inspiring future generations, and pioneering innovative policies and solutions. 

With a foundation dating back to 1685, Barnstable County embodies these principles, working to ensure the health, safety, and prosperity of its residents. As we celebrate this month-long observance, we are eager to showcase the vital services and initiatives that exemplify our dedication to moving “Forward Together.” 

“Barnstable County’s observance of National County Government Month is more than a celebration; it’s a commitment to raising awareness about what we do. Our goal is to make sure our residents are aware of the county’s role in the region,” says Beth Albert, County Administrator. “Through these initiatives, we aim to deepen our connection with the residents we serve.” 

National County Month Activities 

  • Explore County Government: A concise, 5-minute video providing an overview of Barnstable County’s structure and its wide range of services, aimed at enhancing residents’ understanding of Cape Cod’s regional government. 
  • Test Your Knowledge: After watching the video, residents are encouraged to participate in a short quiz to test their knowledge of county structure and its significance to the Cape Cod region. 
  • Spotlight on Leadership: Throughout the month of April, a series of short videos featuring County Department Directors will be showcased on the County website.  These videos offer an introduction to the people who lead county departments and insight into the mission and achievements of their departments. 
  • For Our Youngest Residents:  Downloadable coloring pages to engage children in understanding their regional government. This activity is designed to be both entertaining and educational, aiming to teach future leaders about the role of county government in their daily lives. 
  • Photo Contest: Barnstable County is holding a photo contest calling for photos that highlight the essence of county activities and/or the scenic beauty that defines Cape Cod. Winners will be announced later this month. 

For more information on Barnstable County’s National County Government Month please visit

About Barnstable County” Founded in 1685, Barnstable County is one of America’s oldest counties, embodying a long-standing tradition of service and governance. By fostering a spirit of collaboration, innovation, and stewardship, Barnstable County continues to lead in meeting the needs of its communities, ensuring a resilient and vibrant future for Cape Cod. 

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