The National Association of County Information Officers will be hosting another training webinar for members this fall. The date will be announced soon.
The session will focus on crisis communications and will utilize NACIO members who have recently gone through situations that required crisis communications. Please be on the lookout for more information about this exciting training opportunity.
We will also have a representative from the Certified Public Communicator Program being offered by Texas Christian University. The program, developed by strategic communication professors Jacqueline Lambiase and Laura Bright, will offer 95 hours of leadership training and coursework designed for the complexities and challenges of communicating with citizens and stakeholders. It is designed for public information managers and professionals working for cities, counties, school districts, and other public and public-private agencies.
Membership renewals for 2014 will be going out in November, so please be on the lookout for them as well. NACIO will also be solicting for ideas for workshop proposals for the 2014 NACo Legislative Conference, which will be held March 1-5 at the Washington Hilton.
Welcome to new NACIO Board members
Several new at-large members were appointed to the NACIO Board of Directors for 2013-2015 by NACIO President Todd McGee in July. The new members are:
- Perrin Anderson, Communications/Marketing Coordinator for Sevier County, Tenn.
- Judy T. Brownlee, Chief of Staff, Office of Commissioner Sharon Barnes Sutton, DeKalb County, Ga.
- Kiara Jones, Director of Public Information & Media Relations, Pitt County, N.C.
NACIO Seeking Volunteer to serve as 2014 Awards of Excellence Chair
NACIO is seeking a member who is willing to serve as the chair for the 2014 NACIO Awards of Excellence competition. The chair is responsible for lining up the judges, coordinating the delivery of the applications to the judges, helping promote the contest to members, responding to questions from members, coordinating with the NACIO Membership Coordinator the payment and receipt of entries and presenting the awards at the NACIO Awards Reception, which is held in conjunction with the NACo Annual Conference in July. It is a wonderful way to get more involved with NACIO and a very rewarding opportunity to learn more about many of the exciting communications activities from counties around the nation.
Next year's NACO event is July 11-14, 2014, in New Orleans. The exact date for the Awards Reception has yet to be determined.