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6/16/2010 2:53:00 PM
The City of Round Rock won six communications and marketing awards June 11 at the Texas Association of Municipal Information Officers annual meeting, held this year in San Marcos.
The city government's website, roundrocktexas.gov, and a Convention and Visitors Bureau marketing campaign won first-place awards - known as TAMIs.
The Fire Department's 2009 annual report, the city's 2009 budget video, and the CVB's "Sports Capital of Texas" web home page earned second-place honors.
The city's employee newsletter, Rock Beats, placed third.
"We are thrilled and humbled to be recognized by our peers for producing some of the best communications media and plans in Texas," city Communications Director Will Hampton said. "We know the competition is fierce and our colleagues in the Lone Star State are among the best in the nation at telling the story of local government. It's truly an honor to win."
Hampton praised city Technology Specialist Brooks Bennett and Information Specialist Shannon McIntire for their work on the city's website - which won first-place for the second consecutive year - plus CVB Director Nancy Yawn and Arsenal Brand for what he called "stellar work" on the marketing campaign.
"This year marks the fifth consecutive year our budget video has won either first or second at the TAMIs," Hampton said. 'That's a remarkable achievement, given that it's a 'Special or One-Time Program' category, which typically draws a number of strong entries. Budget videos tend to be yawners, but we've found a way to make it relevant to viewers."
The city's budget video team included Finance Director Cheryl Delaney, Budget Analyst Chris Childs, Bennett and Hampton.
"Another remarkable achievement is the fire department taking home second-place in the annual report category," Hampton said. "Admin Tech Mackenzie Kelly created a beautiful, informative publication completely in-house, except for the actual printing."
The two first-place awards bring the total number of winning TAMIs for Round Rock to 11 since 2004.
The city has won at least one TAMI for seven consecutive years.