Town Communications Awarded

Post Date:03/24/2014
NC3CAwardsThe Town of Chapel Hill was recognized for communications excellence by the NC City & County Communicators (NC3C) during its spring conference awards program on March 20 in Kitty Hawk, NC. Chapel Hill won three statewide awards.

Judges recognized the entry Council Orientation Program for first place in the Most Creative with Least Dollars Spent category. This was a creative approach to orienting newly elected officials through mock meetings, bus tours and information sessions.

The Mayors Innovation Conference Video received second place in the TV & Videos: One Time Special Programming category (view at The Town partnered with the Chapel Hill and Orange County Visitors Bureau, which funded the project and provided creative input; Beery Media of Carrboro on video production; and the Community Beat Making Lab at the Street Scene Teen Center, 179 E. Franklin St, on the music track. In the four-minute video, Chapel Hill Mayor Mark Kleinschmidt and Carrboro Mayor Lydia Lavelle provide an overview of the community and welcome message to visitors.

The Report to the Community was awarded second place in the Printed Publications category (view the online publication at The annual report provides updates toward community goals and services information. It was distributed as an insert into the Chapel Hill News in August 2013 and is available today at Town facilities.

The Town of Chapel Hilll's communications strategy states that its goal is to build community through the highest standards of openness and participation. We reach out to people where they are to tell the story of what we are doing and how our actions affect them. The winning projects were created or spearheaded by staff members at the Communications and Public Affairs Department -- Sabrina Oliver, Catherine Lazorko, Melanie Miller, Amy Harvey, Jennifer Phillips, Christina Strauch and Betty Byrd.

Chapel Hill was among 11 North Carolina governments to earn recognition in the awards program. Judges were government communication professionals from Arizona, Minnesota, Colorado, Oregon and North Carolina. Each judge has previously won state or national awards.

NC3C has encouraged professional development and networking among local governmental communications professionals since 2007. For more information visit

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