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.