BROWARD COUNTY - Broward County announced that it has won 34 National Association of County Information Officers (NACIO) Awards of Excellence in 2018 – more than any county in the nation. The annual competition recognizes quality of public information and education outreach campaigns by County governments.
Nine Broward County agencies were recognized with a total of 8 Superior, 18 Excellence and 8 Meritorious awards, ranging from awards for attention-getting news releases about avocados and holiday travel, to initiatives that promote the arts, to video and education outreach public safety campaigns.
The winning programs, services, and agencies are:
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- Office of Public Communications: 2 awards for a brochure design describing expanded human services for children; and a series of video spots educating the public on Regional 911 (Comment on Your 911 Call Experience, Know Your Numbers and 911 Tips)
- Port Everglades: 1 award for a news release announcing the first cargo shipment of Hass avocados as a new Colombian import
- Cultural Division: 3 awards for the monthly enewsletter, Broward Arts; the Broward Arts Facebook page; and a feature article about cultural tourism in Art Hive Magazine
- Libraries Division: 2 awards for a 2018 NEA Big Read community event,The Namesake; and a “What’s Your WoW?” public education campaign about library services beyond library walls
- Office of Public Communications: 5 awards for a Zap Zika video spot encouraging public precautions during mosquito season; design of the Broward Municipal Services District’s Semi-Annual Report; feature writing for procurement of a combined Medical Examiner-Broward Sheriff’s Office Crime Lab facility; an internal NACo/NACIO Awards Ceremony honoring 2017 award recipients; and design of the 2017 NACo/NACIO ceremony e-invite with motion graphics
- Cultural Division: 5 awards for Pioneer Day event graphics; the 2017 Broward Cultural Division Marketing Plan; and three community events including the 2017 Annual Planning Forum, a “Fresh Cup of Art” walking tour of public art, and the 2017 ArtsEd Forever! Teacher of the Year award ceremony honoring teachers who support art in the public schools
- Libraries Division: 4 awards for the monthly enewsletter, BCL eNews; a“Veterans Connect” public awareness campaign promoting free WiFi access to veterans through tablets and hotspots; Teen Empowerment Summit ceremony encouraging young men to improve academic performance and personal growth; and a program promoting a new way for school students to access library services using their personal ID
- Environmental Planning and Community Resilience Division: 1 award for a booklet, Gone with the Wind, encouraging tree maintenance
- Building Code Services: 1 award for a brochure encouraging tree trimmer registration
- Aviation Department: 1 award for a “Jingle Bells” news release promoting holiday airport travel tips
- Highway and Bridge Maintenance Division: 1 award for an ongoing public education campaign about how to reduce mosquito breeding areas and avoid the dangers of the Zika virus
- Office of Public Communications: 2 awards for the We Believe You! public education campaign targeted to victims of rape and sexual assault; and a brochure about how residents can protect sea turtles during their nesting season
- Cultural Division: 2 awards for a brochure featuring insights from the author and journalist Sarah Thornton on “Doing Business as an Artist Entrepreneur;”and the annual Pioneer Day community event honoring the County’s past and present pioneers
- Libraries Division: 1 award for a partnership with County agencies to provide free music on Broward County Transit buses and in Broward County Parks
- Port Everglades: 1 award for a news release announcing the first shipment in a new Ocean-to-Air Perishables program saving cargo shippers time and money
- Aviation Department: 1 award for a surprise ceremony honoring a World War II veteran flying into Broward’s Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport
- Water and Wastewater Services: 1 award for their internal newsletter,Keeping Connected
"I am proud of the work we are doing every day to connect with our community," said County Administrator Bertha Henry. "It speaks to the quality of the work our team does that they are recognized year after year for excellence in communications with our residents, businesses and visitors."