Posts From July, 2012

The 2012 Awards of Excellence Competition 

Monday, July 9, 2012 3:02:00 PM Categories: Awards of Excellence

Each year, the National Association of County Information Officers (NACIO) stages its Awards of Excellence competition, giving its members and non-members the opportunity to have its work through the year judged by industry professionals.

This year, nearly 350 entries were received in nine categories from large and small counties and state associations of counties. Ranging from annual reports to events for children, county communications projects demonstrated the breadth of county government services as well as counties’ commitment to inform and engage their citizens.

Dave Rose, Public Information Officer for El Paso County, Colo., coordinated the event for NACIO.

“The judges told me that in reviewing the entries they were surprised to see how many things counties do for citizens,” Rose said. “They were impressed by the highly effective messaging they saw in entries from both small and large counties and found it very difficult to single out a 'Best of Class' winner in several categories where there were several truly outstanding entries.”

I want to thank everyone who participated in this year’s competition, and I congratulate all the winners. Especially I want to congratulate all of the best of class winners and, of course, the Best of Show winner, the County Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania, for its publication commemorating its 125th anniversary.

Finally, I want to send my deepest appreciation to Dave, who coordinated the event while handling the media during one of the worst wildfires in Colorado history. The Awards of Excellence competition is tough enough to coordinate without the additional burden of coordinating media during a natural disaster!

Dave Rose did a yeoman’s job in handling both.

Welcome to the New 

Monday, July 9, 2012 8:13:00 AM Categories: News

Welcome to the new website of the National Association of County Information Officers (NACIO).

Six months in the making, this website is for NACIO members to explore and utilize on a daily basis. It is designed to serve members, individually and collectively.

We sincerely want each member to benefit by visiting the website as often as necessary. We have worked hard to make the website as user-friendly as possible and something of which to be proud.

I personally want to thank NACIO First Vice President Todd McGee, 2nd Vice President Diana Buckley, retired Texas Association of Counties Communications Director Jim Lewis, and the professionals at VC3 for helping put this website together.

We look forward to serving you for any years to come.