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Park Authority Receives Four Communication Awards


The Fairfax County Park Authority won the Best in Show Award from the National Association of Government Communicators (NAGC) at the NAGC’s annual conference last week in Arlington, Va.  It was one of four 2013 Blue Pencil and Gold Screen awards presented to the agency at the NAGC awards banquet. The NAGC awards are peer-selected and recognize superior government communication products.

The Best in Show Award, selected from among 40 category First Place winners, was presented for the invasive plant control program Take Back the Forest. The program partnered with county schools and REI, Inc., to bring more than 500 volunteers into parks over a 30-day period to remove non-native invasive plants and replace them with native plants.

The other three awards presented to the Park Authority were all First Place awards in their respective categories. Take Back the Forest won for Special Event.

A First Place Award was presented in the Audio Communication category to the Park Authority for its Audio Tour of Ox Hill Battlefield Park. The 25-minute recording provides a guided tour of the historic park and can be downloaded from the Park Authority’s website or accessed with a smartphone.

Photographer Don Sweeney of the Park Authority’s Production Services received a First Place Award for Commercial/Studio/Staged Photography. He and model Kristen Thompson teamed to create a fitness photo of Thompson working with hand weights.

NAGC is a national not-for-profit professional network of federal, state and local government employees who disseminate information within and outside government. NAGC is dedicated to providing opportunities for professional advancement, enhancing effective communications and advancing the profession.


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