Pinnacle Awards

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    2021 Pinnacle Award nominations are now open!

    The Pinnacle Awards are open to members and non-members. If you are not a NAGW member and would like to take advantage of the member's registration rate, join NAGW today. Entries must be active at the time of entry to be eligible.

    Mark Your Calendar

    • March 31 — Pinnacle Award Nominations Open
    • August 13 — Last Day for Entries
    • August 23 — Member Voting Begins
    • October 2021 — Virtual Pinnacle Awards Ceremony (Date TBD)


    Entry Fee

    • $0 - NAGW Members
    • $100  - Non-members

    Pinnacle Award Categories

    Pinnacle Award for Excellence in Government Web Design recognizes the best City/County, Federal, State, NGO, Microsite and Custom website. Entries are judged on content, organization, design, performance, flexibility, accessibility, standards and interactivity.

    • City/County Small Population Group (up to 50,000 residents)
    • City/County Medium Low Population Group (between 50,001 and 100,000 residents)
    • City/County Medium High Population Group (between 100,001 and 150,000 residents)
    • City/Count High Population Group (150,001 residents and greater)
    • State/Federal
    • NGO (non-governmental organization)
    • Microsite/Special Site Feature
    • Custom Website - This category recognizes websites that are created inhouse using custom created content management systems or open source projects such as WordPress, Drupal, etc. Awards submitted to this category may also be submitted to the exiting city/county categories.

    >> Submit Your Website <<

    Award for Excellence in Digital Innovation and Engagement
    recognizes innovative digital programs, services or campaigns that are designed to engage users. For example, social media campaigns, podcasts, custom applications, and initiatives created to improve the use of digital services.

    >> Submit Your Project <<

    Steven Michael Moore Pinnacle Award is presented to a nominee for excellence in the government web profession.

    Steve MooreSteve 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, ultimately developing the site into a 2008 NAGW Pinnacle Award winner.

    Known by friends as Stevie Ray, after his favorite musician Stevie Ray Vaughan, he shared his knowledge with fellow NAGW members through his "Friday Web Goodies" listserv post. He did this out of a desire to enhance our knowledge of web technologies and help make us better web professionals.

    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.

    Nomination Criteria:

    • Nominee may be a current or former NAGW member.
    • Member is only eligible to receive the award once.
    • Self-nominations will not be accepted.
    • Member may be re-nominated if they have not received the award in the past.
    • Member must have made major contributions as a government web professional through his/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.


    >> Submit Your Nominee <<


    The 2021 Pinnacle Awards for Excellence in Government Web Design will solely be selected by NAGW members. The Award for Excellence in Digital Innovation and Engagement will be judged by the Pinnacle Awards Committee and select volunteers.


    Finalists will receive a complimentary Quality Assurance Check from our sponsor, Siteimprove.

    Past Winners

    View the list of previous winners of the NAGW Pinnacle Awards.