City communicators win 2 state awards

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The city of Wilson was honored earlier this month for its efforts to keep citizens aware during flooding last year.

The city’s communications department won a first-place award for crisis communications and a second-place award for photography in the 11th North Carolina City & County Communicators Excellence in Communications Awards.

The ceremony was held during NC3C’s conference in New Bern from April 18-20. Overall, 23 North Carolina governments won awards in the NC3C competition.

The city was recognized for its communications efforts after 8 inches of rain fell unexpectedly in a two-day period in April 2017. The flooding caused damage to city properties, including the city’s raw water pumping station at Wiggins Mill. Also, several roads were closed for days during to standing water. The N.C. Department of Transportation was diverting U.S. 264 traffic through Wilson due to sections of the highway being closed.

The city used the website, Channel 8 and social media to keep citizens appraised of current conditions. A video that featured Water Resources Director Barry Parks reached nearly 40,000 people.

The department also won a second-place award in photography for the Toisnot Apartments fire training exercise in spring 2017.

“Our organization is full of city and county government communicators who are excellent at what they do. They are innovative, creative, passionate and dedicated, and that shows in their work,” said NC3C President Catherine Lazorko. “It was an honor to preside over the program, viewing these exciting demonstrations of work to communicate the stories of the jurisdictions they serve.”

North Carolina City & County Communicators was formed in March 2007 to encourage professional development and networking among local governmental communications professionals. For more information about NC3C, visit www.nc3c.com.