Making Adobe Creative Cloud Less Cloudy

A subscription to Adobe Creative Cloud grants access to a LOT of applications… over 25 on the desktop alone! Want to design a set of social media assets… Photoshop… Illustrator… which app do you start with? Print design and e-books… InDesign… right? Need to create an engaging video… After Effects or Premiere Pro? Want to develop web-based content… Dreamweaver or Muse… and what the heck ever happened to Flash anyway?!? Adobe XD and Dimension… what are they even used for? In this session, Adobe Education Leader and Community Professional Joseph Labrecque will make the Creative Cloud a lot more approachable by clarifying these concerns and instilling some great getting started tricks and tips in the process! 

If attendees want to follow along themselves, they will need an Adobe Creative Cloud subscription or seven day trial. Download from Adobe

Three Key Takeaways

  1. Discover what Adobe Creative Cloud apps do what.
  2. Learn how these apps can work together.
  3. Acquire simple techniques across the most common apps.

Conference event time: 

  • 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. (Morning sessions)
Tuesday, September 11, 2018


  • Smithfield (Bridges)

2018 NAGW Pinnacle Awards Accepting Early Entries

The National Association of Government Web Professionals is excited to announce that early entries for the 2018 NAGW Pinnacle Awards sponsored by Siteimprove are being accepted Tuesday, March 13 through Monday, April 30.

The NAGW Pinnacle Awards recognize the best in city, county, state, and federal government websites, and non-governmental organization (NGO) websites, as well as achievements in microsite and special site features. Winners will be announced at the 2018 NAGW National Conference Awards Banquet in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on Thursday, September 13.

The cost for each early entry is $75 for members (regularly $125) and $175 for non-members. If you are not a member and would like to take advantage of the member early registration fee, click here to join NAGW today.

Visit this link to submit your entry and for more information about the NAGW Pinnacle Awards.

Enter today and your website could be announced as one of the finalists for the 2018 NAGW Pinnacle Awards!


Conference year: 

Keynote for 2018 Conference Announced

The National Association of Government Web Professionals (NAGW) is pleased to announce the first in our lineup of keynote speakers for the organization’s 2018 National Conference to be held Sept 12 - 14 at the Wyndham Grand Pittsburgh Downtown in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Conference registration will open on April 2.

“This year we have an inspiring lineup of keynote speakers who are certain to deliver interesting, engaging and highly-informative presentations,” said NAGW President, Leslie Labrecque. “We anticipate these keynote speakers and the their areas of expertise will appeal to a wide audience.”

Erica Raleigh

Erika Raleigh

Erica Raleigh is the Executive Director of Data Driven Detroit, a social enterprise whose mission is to provide accessible, high-quality information and analysis to drive informed decision-making. After a decade of experience working in Detroit’s community development ecosystem, Erica still believes strongly in the power of data to ensure the efficacy of programs that improve quality of life.  She has her Masters in Urban Planning from Wayne State University and is a published author in the Journal of Urban Affairs.



Conference year: 

Call for Speakers Closed

Thank you for your interest in the 2018 NAGW call for speakers! We are no longer accepting speaking proposals. The board is busy reviewing submitted proposals and plan to notify submitters in the coming weeks. If you didn't get around to submitting a proposal but have a great idea to share with our audience you can contact to propose a webinar topic.

Thanks again for your interest and we hope to see you at #NAGW2018!


Conference year: 

Dawn Watkins

Dawn Watkins, Siteimprove

As an Accessibility Consultant with Siteimprove, Dawn Watkins provides guidance and support for businesses and organizations on their journeys to create accessible digital content. For over 7 years, Dawn has been an advocate for accessibility in all aspects of her work. She is an experienced presenter on equal access for all and accessibility guidelines. Dawn is skilled in website administration, manual accessibility testing, and course development. Previous employers include Texas A&M University and the Employees Retirement System of Texas.


Cynthia Francis

OpenCities, Inc.
Cynthia Francis, Managing Director, OpenCities

Cynthia believes that providing digital services via municipal websites is key to improving people's trust in government. She has two decades of experience in content management and digital asset management, including work with federal and local government customers. In 2015 she helped Code for America define the business and product requirements for a services focused CMS for local governments, and for the past two years has worked with OpenCities to actualize those requirements and bring this well tested product to US municipalities.


Gregg Turnbull

Larimer County, CO
Gregg Turnbull, Larimer County, CO

Gregg is the Webmaster for Larimer County, Colorado, where he and his team have launched the new in September of 2017- using Drupal and AngularJS. Before working in Government, Gregg headed up web and software development at the Biodesign Institute, at Arizona State University. At home, he and his wife wrangle (attempt to direct the activity/general direction of) six kiddos. 


Dr. Alan Shark

Public Technology Institute
Dr. Alan Shark

Alan R. Shark is the Executive Director and CEO of Public Technology Institute (PTI).

Dr. Shark is a sought-after speaker, offering presentations for larger audiences that address mobile and e-government, digital technology trends in government, as well as thought-leadership and professional development issues for both IT executives and public managers.


Mike Nescot

JBS International
Mike Nescot

Mike Nescot is Web Operations and Security Manager at JBS International, where he manages the web systems development and hosting infrastructure, continuous integration and deployment systems, and monitoring and security management systems both on site and in the cloud. He oversees a team of system engineers managing more than 20 Web sites for government and nonprofit clients.


Leslie Labrecque

City of Boulder, CO
Leslie Labrecque

Leslie Labrecque has worked in technology and the web for over 20 years, having held the position of Senior Webmaster for the City of Boulder since 2002 and having worked at Sun Microsystems prior to that. At the start of her job at the City she began managing several static HTML websites. In 2006 she implemented the City’s first web content management system (CMS), Joomla!, which sparked her love for open source software. Following this effort, Leslie initiated the City’s social media presence in 2008 starting with Twitter and Facebook. Leslie holds a B.S.