Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Sanford PIO Earns Statewide Honors

The NC Association of Government Information Officers (NCAGIO) recognized Kelly Quiñones Miller, the City of Sanford’s public information officer, with two awards for Excellence in Communication for 2013 at their annual conference.

The NCAGIO’s awards program recognizes outstanding work by people serving in public information and public relations positions in government-related agencies that participate in the local, state, or federal government retirement system.

Miller won in the Community Engagement category for the city’s e-newsletter, which was created in January 2013 and is sent out each Monday morning. The e-newsletter contains information about City news and developments, upcoming events, personnel changes, employment opportunities, and more.

The newsletter is free and can be accessed from the city’s website. Archived issues are also available.

Miller also won in the Internal Communication/Employee Engagement category for a series of informational flyers created for the city’s Wellness Program. The series encouraged employees to choose healthier breakfast options as a way to prevent illness and increase overall health.

Other winners in these categories for 2013 include the NC Department of Transportation, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Utility Department, and City of Havelock.

Miller joined the City of Sanford as its public information officer in November 2012. Her experience includes marketing strategy, public relations, web design and content creation, training, and journalism. She founded the hyperlocal website SocialSanford and teaches social media courses through the Practical Knowledge Seminar Series.

For more information about the Excellence in Communication awards or the City’s weekly e-newsletter, contact Miller at kelly.miller@sanfordnc.net or 919-777-1133.

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