City of Hickory Receives First Place for State Communicators Excellence in Communications Award

The City of Hickory was among 23 North Carolina governments to earn recognition in the Eleventh North Carolina City & County Communicators' (NC3C) Excellence in Communications Awards.

City of Hickory won First Place for TV/Video in the Videography category for the Hickory. Life Well Crafted. "Get to Know Hickory" Video Campaign.

The Videography entry needed to command attention, add insight, and communicate a message. Composition, focus, contrast, and use of color needed to reflect the highest professional standards.

The awards were presented Thursday, April 19, at the NC3C's annual Spring Conference in New Bern. One hundred seventy-eight entries were received, with many categories having the winners determined by one or two points.

"My Office of Communications, along with Chad Austin, Inc., have worked hard to create the'Get to Know Hickory'videos to showcase the quality of life and what Hickory and our community has to offer residents and visitors," said Communications and Marketing Manager Dana Kaminske. "The hard work and collaboration to create this marketing toolbox of beautiful videos has been successful to use for business development opportunities, workforce recruitment, for our partners to share and tell some of the Hickory story visually, and to show-off our City's great assets. Receiving the award was icing on the cake."

"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 Past-President Catherine Lazorko.

Judges for the NC3C Excellence in Communications Awards were government communications professionals from Texas.

The purpose of North Carolina City & County Communicators is to encourage professional development and networking among local governmental communications professionals. The organization was formed in March 2007 and is made up of government professional communicators from around the state. For more information about NC3C, visit the website,

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