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Monday, July 23, 2018 4:22:00 PM Categories: Awards of Excellence NACIO NACo News

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NACIO workshop highlighted by NACo 

Posted by Todd McGee Thursday, July 28, 2016 4:26:00 PM Categories: NACIO NACo

The National Association of County Information Officers' workshop, "Are you ready for a Media Storm?" was covered by the National Association of Counties during its annual conference blog.

  • Click here to read all about it.


Job well done 

More than 300 entries received for contest
Thursday, April 24, 2014 3:46:00 PM Categories: Awards of Excellence NACIO NACo

The April 18 deadline for the NACIO Awards of Excellence contest has passed, but not without a flurry of last-minute activity.

We are still going through all the entries received, but it looks like we will have more than 330 entries in this year's contest, an increase of more than 25 percent from last year. We have received entries from more than 20 states and from many new members.

Contests like our Awards of Excellence program are not just about being recognized for great work. These contests help validate the profession of a Public Information Officer, and they are also a valuable educational experience for all of our members. We will post links to as many winning entries as we can once the winners are announed in early June, so be sure to come back and see what your colleages from around the nation are doing.

I hope you will be able to make it to New Orleans for the National Association of Counties' Annual Conference, which is scheduled for July 11-14. NACIO will hosts its annual business session and media relations roundtables on Saturday, July 12. We are still working on the details for our annual awards presentation ceremony and will post those once we have finalized our plan.



Thanks and good luck! 

Monday, March 10, 2014 5:01:00 PM Categories: NACIO NACo

NACIO could not have survived these past few years without the support we have been provided by the National Association of Counties. For many years, NACo Public Affairs Director Tom Goodman - a former NACIO President from his days in Howard County, Md. - served as the staff liaison to NACIO.

A few years ago, when Tom's duties changed at NACo, Media Relations Manager Jim Philipps became the NACo liaison. It was a seamless transition, thanks to Jim's professionalism and dedication.

NACo Media Relations Manager Jim Phillips (center) poses with, from left, NACIO President Todd McGee, NACIO First Vice President Jessie Beyer, NACIO Regional Director Dave Rose and NACIO At-Large Director Perrin Anderson.

Jim's passion for NACo and NACIO is evident at every meeting. He has advocated for NACIO workshop proposals when NACo staff was deciding which workshops would be accepted for the Legislative and Annual conferences. There is no doubt that his behind-the-scenes influence has helped NACIO host a workshop at every NACo Annual and Legislative Conference for at least the past 10 years - and sometimes two.

He has helped take NACo's public relations efforts to the next level, with an active YouTube channel and increased awareness of county issues with the national media.

He has always been an avid supporter of NACIO, and above all, he has always been a trusted friend and advisor.

Another Jim, country music crooner Jim Stafford, once sang that "All good things must come to an end." And so it is with Jim's tenure at NACo.

It is with a mixture of sadness and excitement that I wish Jim the best at his new duties. Jim has taken a new position with the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC). It is a tremendous step forward in his career, and I wish him nothing but the best. His last day at NACo will be Friday, March 14. If you would like to send Jim a congralatory email, please do so at

Jim has been an excellent confidante in recent years. He and I both coach youth soccer, and we have exchanged many emails and had many phone calls with soccer tips and techniques.

The great news about Jim's new position is that the IAFC, like NACIO, is an affiliate of NACo. This means that we will still get to see Jim at some NACo events.

Good luck, Jim, and goodbye on behalf of NACIO! But in this case, goodbye does not mean so long - it only means, see you later.

Upcoming events at NACIO 

Webinar on Crisis Communications to be offered in the fall
Friday, August 30, 2013 3:53:00 PM Categories: Awards of Excellence NACIO NACo

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.


NACIO workshops highlight NACo conference 

Sessions on social media, transparency increase commissioner awareness
Wednesday, March 6, 2013 2:14:00 PM Categories: NACIO NACo

The National Association of Counties held several informative sessions for county elected officials at the recent National Association of Counties' legislative conference, which was held March 2-5 in Washington, D.C.

County officials and NACIO members share experiences and advice at the Communications Roundtable on March 3.

The series of events began Sunday, March 3, with the annual Communications Roundtable. The session gives county elected officials an opportunity to share their experiences in media relations and ask questions of NACIO members about thorny public relations issues.

On Monday, March 4, Wendy Holmes of Douglas County, Colo., NACIO Second Vice President Lori Hudson of Hillsborough County, Fla., and Washington Examiner report Alan Blinder provided attendees with tips and ideas about increasing trust through transparency.

On Tuesday, March 5, NACIO President Todd McGee, El Paso (Colo.) County Commissioner Sallie Clark and Matthew Fellows, NACo's New Media Manager, discussed social media and ways that counties can use social media to connect with citizens.

All of the sessions were well attended and generated many positive comments from conference attendees. NACIO will once again be invited to host workshops at the NACo Annual Conference in July. The conference will be held July 19-22 in Tarrant County (Fort Worth), Texas. If you have an idea for a 75-minute session that would benefit county elected officials, please contact NACIO President Todd McGee.


NACIO highlights the value of PIOs 

Monday, February 18, 2013 9:06:00 AM Categories: Awards of Excellence NACIO NACo

Part of NACIO's mission is to help validate the value of PIOs to county elected officials. That is why NACIO has always been so active with the National Association of Counties (NACo).

Since I have been involved with NACIO, beginning way back in 2003, NACIO has always sponsored popular workshops at both NACo annual meetings - the Legislative Conference in March and the Annual Conference in July. Our workshops are always among the highest-rated and generate great discussion among conference attendees.

At the upcoming March Legislative Conference, which is being held March 2-6, NACIO will once again be well represented. On Monday, March 4, at 10:45 a.m., NACIO members will present a workshop on the value of openness. "Using Transparency to Build Trust" will help attendees understand how making your government activities as transparent as possible can help build trust in the community and avoid negative press. NACIO Second Vice President Lori Hudson of Hillsborough County, Fla., and Wendy Holmes, the Director of Public Affairs for Douglas County, Colo., will talk about how counties can be transparent and responsive to requests from citizens and why this is important.

In addition, Alan Blinder, a reporter for The Examiner in Washington, D.C., will talk about his experiences - good and bad - in making public information requests of local governments.

On Tuesday, March 5, at 10:45 a.m., I will be a panelist in another workshop, "Extending Your Communications Outreach: Social Media." This session will look at ways that counties can use Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and other sites as part of their outreach programs. Social media offers a very cost-effective way to communicate with constituents, but it is not without its perils.

These workshops help establish the value of PIOs and are great PR for NACIO. Another way we help validate the value of PIOs is through our annual Awards of Excellence Program.

The 2013 contest is now open and accepting entries. Unfortunately, we had to switch NACIO Awards Chairs in midstream, but Kiara Jones of Pitt County, N.C., has agreed to step in and lead this year's competition.

Please click on the Awards of Excellence tab to learn more about the contest and how you can bring recognition to your county for the excellent communicaitons work being created by your department.

Another feather in NACIO's cap 

Thursday, November 15, 2012 11:50:00 AM Categories: NACIO NACo

Twice a year, the National Association of Counties (NACo) solicits ideas for workshops for its annual Legislative Conference in March and the Annual Conference in July. The sessions must be relevant to county elected officials. As an affiliate of NACo, we are offered the opportunity to submit proposals.

For as long as I have been active with NACIO (almost a decade now!), our organization has almost always had at least one workshop - and sometimes two, or even three - at every NACo conference. As it turns out, county elected officials are very interested in all aspects of media relations, from the rise of social media to basic tips on how to handle tricky situations. Past NACIO sessions have included outside presenters on how to read body language, how to improve listening skills and Media Relations 101.

I am proud to report that NACIO's workshops are almost always among the highest-rated at the NACo conference. These sessions are a great way for NACIO members to share their expertise with county officials from across the nation. Equally important, they are a testament to the value that a Public Information Officer can bring to a county government.

This year, NACo just announced its workshop selections for the 2013 Legislative Conference, which will be held March 2-6, 2013, at the Washington, D.C., Hilton Hotel (the infamous hotel where John Hinkley attempted to assassinate President Ronald Reagan). Once again, NACIO's submission has been accepted.

This year we are going to offer a training session on how to deal with public records requests and the value of transparency. How a local government responds to public records requests shows a lot about that jurisdiction's committee to transparency, and this session will help local officials understand how transparency can build trust within the community.

Panelists for the session include Wendy Manita-Holmes, the Director of Public Affairs for Douglas County, Colo., and newly elected NACIO Second Vice President Lori Hudson of Hillsborough County, Fla. Participating in a workshop is a great way for NACIO members to get more involved with the organization and also to share your professional expertise, and I am very excited to have two such great panelists lined up for the session.

NACo will soon be soliciting ideas for their annual conference, which will be held July 19-222 in Fort Worth (Tarrant County), Texas. When the announcement is made, I will share the information on the NACIO listserv. In the meantime, be thinking of ideas you might have for a workshop,and if you can make it to Texas for the conference, we would love to have you as a presenter.