Announcing the 2016 Pinnacle Award Winners

Frankie Rios and Leslie LabrecqueThe National Association of Government Web Professionals (NAGW) announced its annual Pinnacle Award winners at the organization’s 2016 conference in San Antonio, Texas. NAGW Secretary and East Region Director Barbara Belli made the announcement during the awards banquet held September 22 at the Wyndham San Antonio Riverwalk hotel.
The Pinnacle Awards celebrate excellence in government web design and innovation,” said NAGW President Leslie Labrecque.” The entrants do extraordinary work with limited budgets and resources. NAGW congratulates all of the winners on their outstanding work that truly serves their communities.
Pinnacles Awards are judged by a group of web professionals within 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, and interactivity.
Awards were presented this year in each of three population categories for cities and counties as well as a Pinnacle award for microsites and special site features.

Welcome to #NAGW2016

Welcome to #NAGW2016!

This is our 14th annual conference but not the first time we have been in Texas. We were last here in 2009 in Galveston. Tonight is our welcome reception and #NAGW2016 officially starts on Wednesday, Sept 21. We hope you are here with us in San Antonio but if you couldn't make it you can follow the conference on the story we are curating on Storify with some of our favorite moments

Keynotes for 2016 Conference Announced

The National Association of Government Web Professionals (NAGW) is pleased to announce an outstanding a lineup of keynote speakers for the organization’s 2016 National Conference to be held September 21-23 at the Wyndham Riverwalk in San Antonio, Texas. 

“We have a wonderful lineup of keynote speakers who are certain to deliver thought provoking, engaging and highly informative presentations,” said NAGW President, Leslie Labrecque. “We anticipate some very engaging sessions that will appeal to a wide audience.” We look forward to announcing our full conference program within the next few weeks. This year's conference is going to be awesome and you won't want to miss it! said Labrecque.

Joel Comm

Joel CommJoel Comm is an entrepreneur, New York Times bestselling author, public speaker, social media evangelist, and mobile marketing innovator. The leading authority on new media marketing tactics, Joel’s current specialty is using social media such as Facebook and Twitter to help companies market their brand. He was the creator of popular gaming websites as well as some top-ranked mobile apps, including iFart, one of the most talked about iPhone apps of all time.

Not just another social media expert, Joel has been building profitable and cutting-edge internet ventures since 1995. Joel’s publications include Twitter Power 3.0: How to Dominate your Market One Tweet at a Time (Wiley, 2015), The AdSense Code: What Google Never Told You About Making Money with AdSense and Social Poetry: Boosting Engagement and Encouraging Conversation by Using Inspirational, Educational and Entertaining Photoquotes.

Eileen Webb

Eileen Webb


Eileen Webb is a content strategist and cofounder of webmeadow, a firm that helps progressive organizations develop content and technology strategies to make the world a better place. She is also a content strategy workshop facilitator. Her background is in server-side coding and being that odd person who translates between the marketing and development teams. Eileen is also a frequent contributor at A List Apart. Her Twitter feed is equal parts content strategy and pictures of poultry.

Jeff Willinger

Jeff Willinger

Jeff Willinger is the Director of Social Business, Collaboration and the Digital Workspace at Rightpoint. He is an internationally recognized online influencer, analyst, and expert on all things web collaboration, enterprise social networking, and enterprise IT strategy. Jeff has been named one of the top SharePoint, Office 365 personalities in the world. He specializes in advising clients on social computing and enterprise software strategies, collaborative intranets and portals, mobile and increasing employee engagement and involvement. With experience spanning more than two decades, Jeff is an internationally recognized speaker and expert in all CMS solutions and is a technology and business evangelist with deep expertise in user experience, information architecture, enterprise content management, and web 2.0 technology strategy. A character with character, he is the President and Founder of the Social Media Club of Chicago, and serves as Executive Vice President for Business Marketing Association.

New Membership Options Now Available

NAGW is excited to offer a new membership option for multiple agency memberships! By purchasing multiple memberships at one time agencies receive a discount. Multiple agency memberships are available for any size, eligible organization and these memberships are transferable within the agency for the remaining duration of the membership. The types of multiple agency memberships are as follows:

  • Small agency (3/5 memberships: full or associate): $350 (save $25)
  • Large agency (3/5 memberships: full or associate): $575 (save $50)

Purchase a Multiple Agency Membership >>

In late 2015 the NAGW membership voted to extend full membership to state agencies and associate membership to federal employees. These changes are now active and eligible agencies may join at their convenience. The cost of membership is $125 annually. Please note that individual memberships are non-transferable. Join NAGW >>

If you have any questions regarding NAGW membership contact Member Services via email or via phone at 847-647-7226.

NAGW Elects New Officers

The NAGW Board of Directors held elections for officers during a special board meeting on Tuesday, November 3. Our new officers are as follows:

  • President: Leslie Labrecque (At Large Director)
  • Treasurer: Ryan Drake (West Region Director)
  • Secretary: Barbara Belli (East Region Director)

Meet the full Board of Directors >>

Congratulations to our NAGW officers and our best wishes to John Nixon who has dedicated many years of service to NAGW!

2015 - 2016 NAGW Board of Directors

Elections were held this summer, and the results were officially announced at the members meeting at the NAGW conference. NAGW is happy to announce the board of directors for 2015 - 2016:

  • Midwest Region: Jason Huber
  • Lakes Region: Debbie Deacy
  • Northeast Region: Katya Wowk
  • East Region: Barbara Belli
  • South Region: Alicia Brown
  • West Region: Ryan Drake
  • Mountain Region: Paulette Neal-Allen
  • At Large 1: Leslie Labrecque
  • At Large 2: Jay Eason

The board will be electing executive officers during the first meeting of this board year which starts in November. For questions about elections please contact the board secretary at

Welcome Celtic to the NAGW Family

NAGW transitions from all volunteer to professional management

We are pleased to announce Celtic Chicago, Inc has been selected to manage the National Association of Government Web Professionals.

This is a very exciting time for NAGW and a key transition period for the organization. No longer the small upstart, completely volunteer run. Thanks to the dedication and effort of members, volunteers, and the Board of Directors, NAGW has reached the next level of organizational professionalism.