NAGW Book Club: What We Are Reading in February

    February Book Announcement

    The Unicorn Project book cover

    The Unicorn Project: A Novel About Developers, Digital Disruption, and Thriving in the Age of Data
    by Gene Kim

    This story is about developers and leaders working together to innovate, survive, and thrive in a time of unprecedented uncertainty and opportunity. Thanks to NAGW member, Marcus Townsend, for the recommendation!

    How to Participate

    1. Join us in our Good Reads group.
    2. Borrow or purchase the book(s) from your favorite library or bookseller.
    3. Read the book(s) by the end of the month.
    4. Go on our Good Reads group and post in the forum to share what you learned.


    The Rules

    We have a few straightforward rules:

    • You do not have to be a member of NAGW to join the book club.

    • You do need to work for a government agency. We will ask you to specify your government agency in the challenge question when you join.

    • You can use whatever email address you like to join.


    Got an Idea for a Book?

    Drop us a line at [email protected] and let us know about it. We look forward to continuing our learning journey together!


    Welcome New Board Members and Officer Elections

    The NAGW Board of Directors held elections for officers during a special board meeting on Friday, November 1. The officers for the 2019 - 2020 term are:

    • President: Jason Huber (Midwest Region Director)
    • Treasurer: Frankie Rios (West Region Director)
    • Secretary: Debbie Deacy (Lakes Region Director)

    During the special meeting, Trish Hughes (Mountain Region Director), Trevor Johnson (East Region Director) and Matthew Vanderhorst (At Large Director) officially began their terms.

    The board nominated, Leslie Labrecque, as the Immediate Past President for a term not to exceed one year per the NAGW by-laws.

    Thanks to Paulette Neal-Allen, Barbara Belli and Leslie Labrecque for their service to the board over the years!

    Please join us in congratulating our new board members and officers!


    NAGW Announces 2019 Pinnacle Award Winners

    The National Association of Government Web Professionals (NAGW) announced its annual Pinnacle Award winners at the organization’s 2019 conference in Salt Lake City, Utah. NAGW Secretary and East Region Director, Barbara Belli, made the announcement during the awards banquet held September 19 at the Sheraton Salt Lake City 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. "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.”

    Awards were presented this year in each of seven 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 the City of Lakewood, Colorado.

    NAGW President Leslie Labrecque and Siteimprove's Senior Account Executive Dan Barberio congratulates the City of Lakewood, Colorado on winning the Sponsor's Award.

    The following are the 2019 NAGW Pinnacle Award winners:

    City Small Population Group

    Pinnacle Award & Member's Choice - Foster City, California

    County Small Population Group

    Pinnacle Award & Members’ Choice – Siskiyou County, California

    City Medium Low Population Group

    Pinnacle Award – City of Lee's Summit, Missouri
    Members' Choice – City of Greenville, South Carolina

    County Medium Low Population Group

    Pinnacle Award & Members' Choice – York County, Virginia

    City Medium High Population Group

    Pinnacle Award - City of Pueblo, Colordo
    Members' Choice – City of Thornton, Colorado

    City Large Population Group

    Pinnacle Award & Members' Choice – City Lakewood, Colorado

    County Large Population Group

    Pinnacle Award & Members' Choice - Clackamas County, Oregon


    Pinnacle Award – State of Wisconsin
    Members' Choice – State of Delaware

    Microsite/Special Site Feature

    Pinnacle Award & Members' Choice – Horsetooth Visitors Center Web Kiosk, Larimer County, Colorado

    Sponsor's Award presented by Siteimprove

    City of Lakewood, Colorado

    For more information on the NAGW Pinnacle Awards, please visit:

    About NAGW

    Formed in 2003, and formally incorporated in 2006 as a 501(c)(6) non-profit association, the National Association of Government Web Professionals is an independent self-governing organization with an educational directive. NAGW is an independent voice for the diverse and ever-growing community of government web professionals in the United States. The membership body comprises professionals from local, county, state, and federal government.


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