The end of the year is a time to express gratitude and reflect on achievements. NAGW is thankful for the continued support of our members, sponsors, staff and volunteers. We realize that not everyone on our mailing list is a member but we also want to thank you for your continued interest in the organization and to ask for your help in spreading the word about NAGW.
NAGW increased the total number of members by 5% in 2017. We have seen the most growth in multiple agency memberships. We take this as a good sign that many of our web teams have finally started to grow! There are still many of us who are one-person shops and we continue to see individual memberships hold strong.
As an organization, our primary goal is to promote learning and networking within government so that employees can stay current and focus on evolving technology. To that end, we were excited to launch a first of its kind certification program tailored specifically to government web professionals called the Certified Government Digital Services Professional. The program was conceived in partnership with the Public Technology Institute (PTI) and the Rutgers Center for Government Services. We are excited about the prospects of this certification program and we wish our first year attendees great academic success! We will announce our inaugural class graduates at the 2018 conference.
In December, NAGW partnered with Vision Internet to offer a regional meet-up in the Midwest Region. This one-day training event covered content strategy and web accessibility with several hands-on practice exercises. The attendees were a diverse group of technical and non-technical government employees and the meet-up was available to both NAGW members and interested government employees. Those who attended found it to be a great learning and networking experience and it is our hope to continue to partner with our sponsors to offer these types of learning meet-ups in the future.
We launched a quarterly newsletter this year, the NAGW Navigator. The publication focuses on content from the board of directors, social media, security, open data and technology. We would love to give our members a chance to contribute articles so contact us if you have content you would like to contribute or see in the newsletter.
The board will be heading to Pittsburgh in April for the annual board retreat where we work on strategic and conference planning. Besides the annual conference, this is the only face-to-face meeting the board has each year. It is an opportunity for us to connect and continue to build our working relationships since we are all scattered throughout the country. We work hard but we also try to squeeze in some fun. We hope you can join us at #NAGW2018 happening Sept 12-14 at the Wyndham Grand Pittsburgh Downtown. Mark your calendars now and use the executive summary to convince your boss. We can't wait to see you!
Finally I want to say that thank you to my fellow board members for allowing me to serve as your president for another year. This is my third year in this position and I continue to feel honored and privileged to serve the organization in this capacity.
Cheers to all of you and hoping everyone has a wonderful holiday and a spectacular new year!
President, Director At Large