NAGW Book Club: What We Are Reading in April

    April Book Announcement

    Enterprise Content Strategy book cover

    Enterprise Content Strategy
    by Kevin Nichols

    This book provides a step by step process to establish a content strategy for your agency.

    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!


    Seeking Presenters for NAGW 2020

    Be a Speaker at #NAGW2020
    The NAGW National Conference provides the perfect opportunity to share your expertise with a wide range of web professionals in local, state and federal government. NAGW is seeking presenters willing to share their knowledge and ideas on new technologies and trends at the 2020 NAGW National Conference. The focus of the conference is to bring together government employees from all levels of government who share similar goals and issues. The conference is open to anyone looking to enhance their skills and acquire knowledge on the latest trends in the web and government digital technologies. We welcome speakers from the public and private sector. If you have questions contact us.

    Please submit your proposals by Friday, April 3, 2020

    Submit Your Speaking Proposal >>

    When and Where
    Preconference: Sept. 22, 2020
    Conference: Sept. 23-25, 2020

    Little Rock Marriott
    3 Statehouse Plaza
    Little Rock, AR 72201

    Topics NAGW is Looking for in 2020
    Our attendee evaluations and other industry data inform the topics we are looking for each year. While your proposed session can fall outside these core topics, priority will be given to those that fall within the following areas:

    • Content Strategy (including Plain Language)
    • Dashboards, Metrics & Open Data
    • Social Media Policy, Strategy & Tools
    • User Experience & Accessibility
    • Innovative Tools & Technology (Ex: AI, Chatbots, Blockchain, etc.)
    • Website Project Management & Redesign
    • GIS
    • Cybersecurity
    • Peer Lessons Learned


    Presentation Length
    Preconference (hands-on) workshops, held on Sept. 17, will be four (4) hours long with morning and afternoon sessions available. There will be a scheduled break in the morning and in the afternoon. General conference sessions are 60 minutes (50-minute presentation / 10 minutes Q&A).

    What You Get In Return
    NAGW provides complimentary registration to the conference as compensation for speaking. Conference registration is required if your conference session is selected. Do not register until you are sent the discount code to use.

    Speakers are responsible for their own travel expenses and the conference’s discounted hotel rate is available for speakers. Join your colleagues from around the nation and participate in the only national conference for government web professionals by government web professionals.

    Speaker Resources
    Each of us has learned something useful in our adventures, and if we all share our own personal nuggets of knowledge, we can all grow and improve together. There are a lot of great resources out there on how to prepare a proposal. Here are a few to check out:

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    Code of Conduct
    NAGW requires that speakers agree to a Conference Code of Conduct that explains acceptable and unacceptable behavior at our conference, including and especially when presenting. The short version is "don’t be a jerk". We want everyone at our conference to feel welcome and comfortable. As a speaker, you play an important role in helping to create that safe environment for everybody. We appreciate your assistance.


    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.


    Social Media Wall

    We setup a social media wall to pull in highlights from #NAGW2019. We hope you are here with us but if you aren't you can checkout the highlights.