NAGW Announces 2018 Pinnacle Award Winners

Josh Diddhart, Susan Mardele, and Leslie Labrecque

The National Association of Government Web Professionals (NAGW) announced its annual Pinnacle Award winners at the organization’s 2018 conference in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. NAGW Secretary and East Region Director, Barbara Belli, made the announcement during the awards banquet held September 13 at the Wyndham Grand Pittsburgh Downtown hotel.

Government websites have progressed dramatically since the first Pinnacle Awards were presented in 2006. Thanks to the talented teams in the government web profession, including the teams represented by this year's entries, our websites have grown from information portals to become the first point of service for our constituents and the windows to our organizations," said Ms. Belli, who also serves NAGW as Pinnacle Awards Chair.

The NAGW Pinnacles Awards are judged by a group of web professionals inside and outside of the government web industry and are awarded to the best entries based on the following judging criteria: team size, content, organization, design, performance and flexibility, accessibility standards, interactivity, open data, and responsive design.
Awards were presented this year in each of six population categories for cities and counties as well as awards for state/federal agencies, microsites and special site features.
Additionally, the NAGW membership voted on the Members’ Choice Awards from among the entries in each category. Pinnacle Awards event sponsor Siteimprove, a leading provider of web governance software, presented the Sponsor’s Award to McKinney National Airport in McKinney, Texas.

The Steven Michael Moore Pinnacle Award for excellence in a government web profession went to Carol A. Spencer, Executive Director of Stormzero LLC and former NAGW Treasurer and Finance Director.

“This award embraces the legacy of our friend and colleague, Steve Moore, who passed away in January 2015," said NAGW President Leslie Labrecque. "Carol was a founding member of NAGW whose contributions to the organization were instrumental in its inception and growth, helping to bring us to where we are today. Although she has retired from her day job at Morris County, NJ, she continues to help the government web profession through her work in social media, focusing on emergency management."​

Ms. Labrecque congratulates all the winners on the outstanding work they do, and echoed a sentiment made by Ms. Spencer during her acceptance speech for the Steven Michael Moore Pinnacle Award, “As web professionals you are the unsung heroes of government and the Pinnacle Awards celebrate how you are making a difference for your constituents.”


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Vote for the 2018 NAGW Pinnacle Members' Choice Awards

We're two weeks away from revealing your choices for the 2018 NAGW Pinnacle Members' Choice Awards. If you haven't yet, take advantage of this exclusive benefit for NAGW members by casting your votes by Friday, August 31. Both full and associate members are eligible to vote.

Choose one finalist from each of these eight categories:

  • City and County Small Population
  • City and County Medium Population
  • City and County Large Population
  • State/Federal
  • Microsite/Special Site Feature

Cast Your Vote Now >>

Remember, you must log in to vote. You are encouraged to visit each website before voting by using the provided links.

Winners will be announced at the 2018 NAGW National Conference Awards Banquet in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on Thursday, September 13. Register for the conference at and be there to see if your choices are the winners!


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Keynote for 2018 Conference Announced

The National Association of Government Web Professionals (NAGW) is pleased to announce the 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.


Ahava Leibtag

Erika Raleigh

Ahava Leibtag is passionate about content and prides herself on tackling the toughest content projects—from healthcare to higher education to hip-hop (seriously). She has more than 15 years of experience in writing, messaging, and marketing, and is a well-recognized content expert. Her first book, The Digital Crown: Winning at Content on the Web was published by Morgan Kaufmann in November 2013.


Ahava is the president and owner of Aha Media Group, LLC, a content strategy and content marketing consultancy founded in October 2005. Prior to beginning Aha Media, she was a communications strategist for a government agency. Ahava has also worked for two major advertising agencies and a commercial production company, and she served as the metro beat reporter for The Jerusalem Post.


Ahava received her M.A. from Georgetown University and her B.A. from Stern College. She lives in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan region.

Jorge Arango

Erika Raleigh

Jorge Arango is an information architect and strategic designer based in the San Francisco Bay Area in California. In his consulting practice, Jorge partners with product, design, and innovation leaders to create digital places that make people smarter. He has designed information environments for all types of organizations, ranging from developing world non-profits to Fortune 500 corporations. Jorge is a frequent speaker at global UX conferences. He is author of "Living in Information: Responsible Design for Digital Places" (Two Waves Books, 2018) and co-author of "Information Architecture for the Web and Beyond" (O'Reilly Media, 2015). He has also served the global UX community as president and director of the Information Architecture Institute, and as thematic director of the first World IA Day. Besides his consulting practice, Jorge is also an adjunct professor in the Interaction Design program at the California College of the Arts (CCA).


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2018 NAGW Pinnacle Awards Call for Entries Deadline Extended

Enter by Friday, July 27; visit this link to submit your entry

Did time pass you by before you had a chance to enter the 2018 NAGW Pinnacle Awards? The bad news is time flies. The good news is we're giving you a little more time.

The 2018 NAGW Pinnacle Awards sponsored by Siteimprove is extending the call for entries deadline to Friday, July 27.

​​The cost for each entry is $125 for full and associate members, and $175 for non-members.


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2018 NAGW Pinnacle Awards Members Late Entry Fee Reduced - Enter by July 16

The National Association of Government Web Professionals has reduced the 2018 NAGW Pinnacle Awards members' entry fee for the last week of entry submissions. The late entry fee of $175.00 has been reduced to $125.00 per entry.  

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

Enter on or before Monday, July 16 and your website could be announced as one of the finalists for the 2018 NAGW Pinnacle Awards!


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#NAGW2018 Early Bird Registration

Registration for the 2018 NAGW National Conference in Pittsburgh, PA is now open! Be sure to register before July 13 to take advantage of Early Bird Pricing. We made the early bird registration window generous this year and we will not be extending it

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Become A Member

If you are not already a member of NAGW you should consider joining. We have added new membership options as well as expanded the types of agencies that can join NAGW. Join today to take advantage of member pricing and save $200 on the conference.

Conference Pricing

Early Bird (Ends July 13) - no extensions!

  • Members: $625
  • Non-Members: $825

Regular (July 14–August 17)

  • Members: $725
  • Non-Members: $925

Late (after August 17)

  • Members: $995
  • Non-Members: $1,195

Preconference sessions

  • Members: $100 for one session, $150 for two sessions
  • Non-Members: $150 for one session, $300 for two sessions

NAGW conferences bring excellent value to all web professionals – from coders to communicators. A broad range of industry speakers, as well as fellow web professionals, keep you up-to-date on the latest trends and technologies in the government web sphere.

Conference attendees will experience a wide-range of speaker sessions and hands-on workshops, #NAGW2018 offers a value that’s hard to match. Join us in Pittsburgh, meet with your peers and enjoy a great conference experience!

Additional Information


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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!


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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!


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