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!


NAGW Bylaws Vote Results

Voting has closed for the proposed bylaws change. With the majority of the members voting in favor, the motion to expand Full membership to State Government Employees (SGE) and extend Associate membership to Federal Government Employees (FGE) passes. In addition to Local Government Employees, SGEs can now serve on the NAGW Board of Directors, but only serve in the 2 At-Large positions (FGEs are not eligible). The results of this vote and the number of votes each item received are as follows:

Option Votes Received
Yes, make this change to the by-laws language 69
No, do not make this change to the by-laws language 26

Beginning on January 1, 2016, all SGEs will be converted from Associate to Full membership status. FGEs will be able to apply for Associate membership at that time.

As a reminder, our new multiple employee memberships will also be available in 2016. This includes small and large organization memberships for 3 and 5 members. These options are available for both Associate and Full memberships.

We'd like to thank everyone for their comments and participation in this bylaws vote. We're happy to incorporate everyone's ideas and provide an opportunity to vote on them. The Board's been contacted several times about offering additional access for State and Federal members and we look forward to their participation in all NAGW offers.

Thank you for your support of NAGW!


Welcome Celtic to the NAGW Family

NAGW transitions from all volunteer to professional management

On behalf of the Board of Directors, I'm 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 are we the small upstart, completely volunteer run. Thanks to the dedication and effort of members, volunteers, and the Board of Directors, we're able to take NAGW to the next level of professionalism. 

At this time I'd like to formally welcome our new Association Director, 

Deb Ryan to the NAGW family. Deb and her team are now the "go to" group for information on NAGW.

What does this mean? NAGW now has a dedicated office and staff. Have membership, sponsorship/partnerships, or conference questions? NAGW's staff will be on-hand to answer them. 

NAGW, Inc.
6311 W. Gross Point Rd.
Niles, IL 60714

(847) 647-7226
memberservices@nagw.org

Officers, Region and At-Large Directors are still available for feedback and suggestions. The transition will mirror other professional organizations with the Board taking on a stronger policy role, promoting NAGW, and exploring networking opportunities for the organization. 

This is a huge step for NAGW. As we continue to grow, build our membership, and bring in industry leading conference speakers, we need a firm foundation to rest upon. Celtic will provide our members with clear, consistent business operations. 

I'd like to personally thank everyone who helped make this transition possible. We've taken the necessary steps to ensure NAGW will continue to share knowledge, best practices, innovative ideas, and web professional resources. 

Thank you, 


John R. Nixon
NAGW President & South Region Director
 

Background

NAGW's origin goes back to 2003 when a Kansas City group called the Metro Area Government Webmasters (MAGWeb) decided to sponsor a national conference for their peers.

This first Government Webmasters Conference drew more than 200 attendees from 29 states. Some of the same people who planned the Kansas City and Denver conferences formed NAGW. The association officially came into being at the Denver conference in September 2005 and elected its first officers.


Voting Has Ended

Thank you members that voted in the NAGW 2015 elections! The board secretary is in the process of tallying the results and they will be announced soon. 


NAGW Introduces Steve Moore Pinnacle Award for Excellence

Steve MooreThe National Association of Government Web Professionals is proud to announce the Steven Michael Moore Pinnacle Award for excellence in a government web profession. The award is the first of its kind and is intended to embody the legacy of our friend and colleague who passed away January 29, 2015. The award will be presented annually.

Steve Moore worked 37 years in the information technology field with the last 35 years at Larimer County, Colorado. Steve brought Larimer online in 1996 with the creation of Larimer.org, ultimately developing the site into a 2008 NAGW Pinnacle Award winner.

Steve represents what's best about our community. This award honors his legacy and selfless commitment to the profession and to his colleagues. The recipient of this award should exemplify these qualities, regardless of his/her years of service or area of specialization.

To qualify for the Steven Michael Moore Pinnacle Award, the nominee may be a current or former NAGW member. Self-nominations will not be accepted.

A nominee must have made major contributions as a government web professional through his or her body of work including, but not limited to:

  • Service as a leader for government web professionals;
  • Development of local government websites;
  • Contributions to web design and/or programming;
  • Unique information presentation online;
  • Service to diverse populations;
  • Overall impact on communities.

The inaugural Steven Michael Moore Pinnacle Award will be presented at the NAGW National Conference Award Banquet in Albuquerque, New Mexico on September 24.


Tim O'Reilly Joins Impressive #NAGW2015 Speaker Lineup

Tim O'ReillyContinuing to improve on an all-star lineup of celebrated keynote & featured speakers, #NAGW2015 is proud to welcome Tim O'Reilly to the NAGW family. Tim's contributions to the Web are vast including popularizing the terms open source and Web 2.0.

Tim O’Reilly is the founder and CEO of O’Reilly Media Inc. His original business plan was simply "interesting work for interesting people," and that's worked out pretty well. He publishes books, runs conferences, invests in early-stage startups, urges companies to create more value than they capture, and tries to change the world by spreading and amplifying the knowledge of innovators.


NAGW Announces 2015 Keynote Speakers

The National Association of Government Web Professionals (NAGW) announces a lineup of celebrated keynote speakers for the organization’s 2015 national conference to be held September 22-25 at the Hyatt Regency in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Rachel AndrewRachel Andrew is founder and managing director of the UK-based software company edgeofmyseat.com, whose flagship product is the Perch CMS. She has more than 16 years of web development experience and is a successful author of numerous articles and two self-published books – The Profitable Side Project Handbook and CSS3 Layout Modules (now in its second edition).

 

 

Alan SharkDr. Alan Shark is Executive Director and CEO of Public Technology Institute (PTI), a national organization which focuses on technology issues that impact local government and thought-leaders in the public sector. He is the recipient of the prestigious 2012 National Technology Champion Award from the National Association of State Chief Information Officers and the author of 7 Trends That Will Transform Local Government Through Technology (2012) and co-author of the book Web 2.0 Civic Media in Action (2011).

 

Abhi NemaniAbhi Nemani became Chief Data Officer for the City of Los Angeles in September of 2014. He is a former Code for America (CfA) co-director who led the organization’s strategic development and growth through multiple new programs, including the launch of a first-of-its-kind civic startup accelerator and the CfA Peer Network, designed to connect cities to help them work together. Prior to CfA, Abhi managed multiple research teams at the Rose Institute to increase transparency in local government using technology, and with Google, he pioneered an innovative strategy to leverage social media for consumer engagement.

“We have a very impressive slate of keynote speakers of diverse professional backgrounds, who are certain to make our 2015 national conference hugely appealing to a very wide audience,” said NAGW President John Nixon. “We look forward to announcing our full conference program within the next several weeks. This year's conference promises to be one of the best in the history of the organization.”


2015 and 2016 NAGW Conference Locations Announced

Hyatt Regency Albuquerque

The National Association of Government Web Professionals (NAGW), the leading organization for local government web professionals, announced at its 2014 National Conference in St. Paul, MN, the locations of its upcoming annual conferences.

During the conference, Marc Drummond, NAGW President, announced to the more than 215 attendees that the location of the 2015 NAGW National Conference will be Albuquerque, NM from Sept. 22–25 at the Downtown Hyatt.

As a special surprise, the 2016 NAGW National Conference location was announced as San Antonio, TX from Sept. 20–23 at the Wyndham Riverwalk.

In the future, NAGW will announce conference locations once the board selects the location. This information will be available on nagw.org to help potential attendees, sponsors and speakers to plan in advance.

About the National Association of Government Web Professionals (NAGW)

The National Association of Government Webmasters (http://nagw.org) is a 501(c)6 non-profit organization of local government Webmasters working together to share knowledge, ideas and other resources. NAGW members collaborate on technologies and network with other professionals to improve the capacity to provide the value across the web to member communities.

Contact

John Nixon
National Association of Government Web Professionals
512.974.2464
johnn@nagw.net


2014 NAGW Pinnacle Award Winners Announced

Barbara Belli Hosting #NAGW2014The National Association of Government Web Professionals (NAGW), the leading organization for local government web professionals, announced its annual Pinnacle Award winners at the 2014 conference in St. Paul, MN, Sept. 11, 2014.

Marc Drummond, NAGW board president, made the announcement Thursday evening at the Crowne Plaza St. Paul Riverfront Hotel. “The Pinnacle Awards celebrates excellence. Our NAGW members do tremendous work with limited resources. Our judges are continually impressed at the level of quality displayed by all of our entries. We are proud to honor these sites which demonstrate the high caliber work carried out by government web professionals throughout the country.” he said.

Siteimprove

Pinnacles Awards are judged by a group of web professionals from inside and outside of government web development, 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. The award is made in each of three population categories for cities and counties, as well as an additional award for microsites and special site features and another award for states and NGOs. Additionally, the Member’s Choice Awards are voted on by the NAGW membership from among the top three judged entries in each category. There is also a Sponsor’s Award presented by the Pinnacle Award event sponsor, Siteimprove.

This year’s award recipients:

2014 Pinnacle Awards

Low population group

Pinnacle: City of Lawrence, KS

Members’ Choice: Town of Fishers, IN

Medium population group

Pinnacle: City of Kansas City, MO

Members’ Choice: Town of Plano, TX

Large population group

Pinnacle: Hennepin County, MN

Members’ Choice: Hennepin County, MN

State/NGO sites

Pinnacle: Montana Department of Justice

Members’ Choice: Hawaii.gov

Microsite/Special site feature

Pinnacle: Santa Clarita Film Office

Members’ Choice: Santa Clarita Film Office

Sponsors’ Award

City of McKinney, TX

2015 and 2016 Conference Location

During the conference, Drummond announced to the more than 215 attendees that the location of the 2015 NAGW National Conference will be Albuquerque, NM from Sept. 22–25 at the Downtown Hyatt.

As a special surprise, the 2016 NAGW National Conference location was announced as San Antonio, TX from Sept. 20–23 at the Wyndham Riverwalk.

In the future, NAGW will announce conference locations once the board selects the location. This information will be available on nagw.org to help potential attendees, sponsors and speakers to plan in advance.

About the National Association of Government Web Professionals (NAGW)

The National Association of Government Webmasters (http://nagw.org) is a 501(c)6 non-profit organization of local government Webmasters working together to share knowledge, ideas and other resources. NAGW members collaborate on technologies and network with other professionals to improve the capacity to provide the value across the web to member communities.

Contact

John Nixon
National Association of Government Web Professionals
512.974.2464
johnn@nagw.net