The Cedar Park's Media and Communications Office has won six top awards for its community outreach and education efforts during the past year.
"We don’t often 'toot our own horns' but today we are doing so," Jennie Huerta, the communications office manager said in announcing the awards.
Huerta said the city's newly-redesigned website, www.cedarparktexas.gov, tied for first place with the City of Hurst for the Texas Association of Municipal Information Officers’ (TAMIO) in the category of cities with a population of less than 85,000. The website, which was co-designed with government website expert Vision Internet, was launched in December.
The city's publication, 2016 Year in Review, also won the TAMIO in the Report category for cities with a population greater than 65,000. The Year in Review is a reflection on the past year’s accomplishments. It is in its fourth year of publication, Huerta said.
The Cedar Park Quarterly e-newsletter garnered its third consecutive annual award from TAMIO this year, winning its second TAMIO first place award in the e-newsletter for cities with a population less than 100,000. Huerta said judges especially liked the e-newsletter’s design, use of photography and important information for citizens.
Nationally, according to Huerta, Cedar Park brought home the Telly Awards’ highest honor, the Silver Telly, for its Follow the Signs, Stay in the Lines video that showed drivers in real time how to navigate the new continuous flow intersection. The video was part of a larger marketing campaign collaboration with the Texas Department of Transportation and garnered nearly 2,500 views on YouTube.
The city also won a Bronze Telly for its Water Thrifty Tip of the Week videos on WaterThriftyCedarPark.org/resources. The videos feature Lower Colorado River Authority Water Conservation Coordinator Brett Briant showing viewers real-life ways to conserve water, as well as one Cedar Park family who managed to win their neighborhood’s Yard of the Month and still have an exceptionally low water bill.
The city also garnered another Bronze Telly for CPTV-10 News programming for public education and government channels on Spectrum Cable (channel 10.110) and AT&T Uverse (channel 99). The winning submission featured stories about the July Fourth Celebration honoring World War II veterans, Austin Spurs Basketball and the City’s Teen Court program.
The Media and Communications Office now holds a total of 12 Tellys, 8 TAMIs, 12 TAMIO Awards and three previous years’ awards from the Texas Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors (TATOA). Serving with Huerta in the Cedar Park Media and Communications Office are specialists Mauro Lopez and Kevin Riley and technician Angel Interial.