The President's Blog


Posted by Tristan Friday, July 7, 2017 9:44:00 AM

Greetings NACIO Members, 

I hope you all had a wonderful 4th of July holiday this week.  We have several updates to share since our last member e-mail.  Please take a moment to learn about all the NACIO activities including plans for the upcoming NACo Annual Conference in a few weeks. 

NACIO Awards of Excellence Contest.  Thank you to all those that submitted entries for the 2017 contest.  All Superior, Excellence and Meritorious winners have been notified.  A list of winners is attached and will be added to the NACIO website.  Best of Class winners and the Best of Show (Tom Goodman Award) recipient will be announced at the Awards of Excellence Reception on Friday, July 21 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. (with remarks at 5 p.m.) in NACo President Bryan Desloge’s suite.  An invitation is attached – please feel free to forward information on to colleagues and elected officials within your organization that may wish to attend or accept awards should you not be attending the conference.  A special thank you to Cragin Mosteller with the Florida Association of Counties for chairing the 2017 contest. Plans for an awards webinar in August is in the works.  

Conference Activities.  Please see the attached schedule of NACIO events taking place as part of the NACo Annual Conference July 20-24.  Please note that the NACIO Business Meeting will be held on Friday, July 21 at 9 a.m. followed by a networking lunch at 11 a.m. within the Hyatt Regency (convention center hotel) at the Market Stand Café on 2nd Floor.  Afternoon workshops from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. are open to all NACIO members (even if not registered for the NACo Conference) as well as the Awards Reception scheduled for that evening.   

Presidential Election.   An electronic ballot will be sent out to members following this message regarding the election of the next NACIO 2nd Vice President.  We had one candidate Cragin Mosteller come forward during our call for candidates earlier this year.  Even though we do not have multiple candidates, we still must hold an election prior to our business meeting on July 21.

Webinars.  Regular monthly webinars will resume in August after NACo Conference Activities.   A special thank you goes out to Tristan Babin on the NACIO Board of Directors for hosting a very informative Crisis Communications webinar a few weeks ago.  Even if you missed the webinar, you can view the presentation here.

I’ll be sure to send some reminders out the week of the conference as well as the business meeting agenda.  It’s been an honor serving as your president and I look forward to staying engaged with NACIO in my new role as past President following the Board Meeting on July 21.   I will always be appreciative of all the opportunities and wonderful people I’ve had the chance to work with through NACIO.


Jessica Beyer

NACIO President 


Posted by Tristan Thursday, June 15, 2017 11:55:00 AM

Here is the link for the May webinar entitled "Communicating an Industrial Crisis: Lessons Learned from St. Charles Parish, La.  View the recording here.


Posted by Tristan Tuesday, May 30, 2017 12:39:00 PM Categories: NACIO News

Greetings NACIO Members,

The month of May is flying by! Please stay tuned for a member update that will be coming within the next few days regarding specific conference activities part of the NACo Annual Conference in July. Please take note that the NACIO Business Meeting is slated for Friday, July 21 at 9 a.m. with educational breakout sessions and the awards reception taking place later that day.

In the meantime, please consider registering for the May member webinar focusing on Crisis Communications that will take place on Wednesday, May 31 at 1 p.m. CST.

The webinar is titled "Public Information During an Industrial Crisis: Showcasing Lessons Learned from St. Charles Parish" and will be presented by NACIO's own regional representative and Board Member Tristan Babin, Public Information Officer for St. Charles Parish.

Registration information and sign-up is available at;

Please register today - you won't want to miss out on this engaging and thought-provoking webinar! As a reminder, all monthly webinars are free to NACIO members.


Jessica Beyer
NACIO, President


Posted by Tristan Friday, March 17, 2017 1:24:00 PM Categories: Awards of Excellence NACIO

There is a lot going on with NACIO!  Please take note of the following items.


March 23 Member Webinar – Sign-up Today.

Register now for the free March member webinar featuring NACIO Board Members Rebecca Carter and Donnell Preskey Hushka as they give an encore presentation from the NACo Legislative Conference titled “Navigating a New Era of Crisis Communications: How to Manage Non-traditional Events".  

The webinar is scheduled for Thursday, March 23 at 1 p.m. CST.  Registration info and further details are available at;


Membership Renewals.   

The final deadline for all 2017 membership renewals is Friday, March 31.  If you have not had a chance to complete the membership renewal form, please do so.  We value your membership and want to keep you part of our network.  However, after March 31, all members

that haven’t renewed for 2017 will be removed from the list serv/membership list and will need to obtain a new membership to receive discounted Awards of Excellence entry fees.  Please contact us if you’d like to check on your membership status. 


Awards of Excellence Contest – Submit Your Entries Now.

The 2017 Awards of Excellence Contest is now open with a new online entry submission format!  A call for entries went out to the membership yesterday with further details about this year’s competition.

You can learn more and access the entry submission site at;

Information is also available on the NACIO website.  We look forward to having another great contest this year and are excited to see all submissions come in!


Call for 2nd Vice President Candidates.

NACIO has an upcoming election that will be taking place this spring to fill the seat of 2nd Vice President as Board officer positions rotate.

If any members have an interest in running – please contact me - Jessica Beyer, NACIO president by no later than March 31.

Those expressing an interest will be provided a candidate biography form that will later be sent to the membership as part of the election process.


Certified Public Communicator Program Scholarship Opportunity.

Applications are being accepted through April 28 for a NACIO member to take part in the Certified Public Communicator Program at Texas Christian University.  The program is the only continuing education opportunity in the nation that is geared specifically for local government communication professionals.   As part of the program, participants develop a three-year comprehensive communication plan built for their organization and receive extensive classroom instruction from professors among several other benefits.  Please see the attached application and learn more about program online.  We hope to sponsor at least one NACIO member to participate as part of our partnership with TCU. 


February Webinar Follow-up.

In case you missed the February 2017 member webinar titled “Top Website Design and Citizen Communication Trends of 2017” – you can view the recorded presentation at;

Also, guest presenters who put together the webinar provided access to a free website performance report to help determine how your current website measures-up in categories like mobility, speed, readability and broken-links.   Click here to get your free, third party website performance report before you begin implementing best practices from the presentation.


This should be everything at the moment.  As always, if you have questions or need anything further – please don’t hesitate to contact me at


Thank you,


Jessica Beyer, NACIO President


Posted by Tristan Friday, February 24, 2017 12:51:00 PM Categories: NACIO News

Click here to watch the February webinar!


Monday, February 13, 2017 10:50:00 AM Categories: NACIO News

NACIO Members,

Please take note of the following informational updates from NACIO:

NEW ListServ Address for Members to Use: 

As part of membership, NACIO offers a listserv that is available for members to utilize in seeking helpful information from their peers within communications/public information roles.  Please note that the listserv address has changed to

Those responding to listserv messages are reminded to do so in a separate e-mail.  Hitting “reply” will cause a response message to go to all participants/members of the listserv. 

Register Now for the February Membership Webinar:

The February 2017 NACIO webinar will take place on Wednesday, February 22 at 1 p.m. (CST) and is titled “Top Website Design and Citizen Communication Trends of 2017” lead by two guest presenters from Civic Plus. Learn the hottest website design and citizen communication trends you can expect to see in 2017. Stay informed on the latest technology tools and trends to ensure you are continuing to communicate and engage with citizens in creative, innovative, and impactful ways.  Registration and additional information is available at;

Awards of Excellence Competition:

The annual NACIO Awards of Excellence Competition is moving to an online format and the call for entries will be coming out soon for those wishing to enter the contest.   Please stay tuned for a separate message to be sent with all the details.  A special thank you to Florida Association of Counties staff Cragin Mosteller and Tracy Kusmierz, along with First Vice President Lori Hudson for their efforts in putting together the awards contest.

Membership Renewal Reminder:

As a friendly reminder, if you have not done so – please get your NACIO membership renewals in as soon as possible.  We have several outstanding members who have not yet renewed for 2017.  Thank you, your membership is appreciated and if you have questions please refer them to

Take Part in NACIO Events at the NACo Legislative Conference:

For those traveling to the NACo Legislative Conference taking place February 25 to March 1, 2017 -  listed below is a line-up of NACIO-related activities.  NACIO will also be hosting a booth to engage conference attendees on communications-related topics and help educate about the mission of our organization. 


Sunday, February 26:

  • NACIO Business Meeting – 10 a.m. Hoover, Marriott Wardman Park Hotel
  • NACIO Group Networking Lunch – 12 p.m. (on your own) Stone’s Throw Restaurant, Marriott Wardman Park Hotel If possible, please RSVP to Jessica Beyer if you plan to attend.
  • NACIO Roundtable Discussion – 1:30 p.m.  Hoover, Marriott Wardman Park Hotel


Monday, February 27:

  • NACIO-sponsored Workshop – 1:45 p.m. to 3 p.m. Navigating a New Era of Crisis Communications:  How to Manage Non-traditional Events Roosevelt 1/2/3 Presented by: Rebecca Carter, Mecklenberg County, NC and NACIO Second Vice President Donnell Preskey Hushka, North Dakota Association of County Commissioners and NACIO Board of Directors Regional Representative


As always, please feel free to contact me with questions at

Thank you - 



Posted by Tristan Wednesday, December 14, 2016 1:42:00 PM

Greetings NACIO Members,

I hope you are all having a wonderful holiday season! Please take note of the following updates and information from NACIO:

Awards of Excellence Contest – NACIO is seeking an Awards Chair.

  • NACIO is gearing up for the annual Awards of Excellence Contest that takes place each spring to highlight and celebrate outstanding communications/public relations work being done across the nation.  In order to enhance the contest, NACIO has invested in awards software to make entering, judging and reporting contest results much more streamlined.  If you would like to get further involved with NACIO, please consider volunteering to serve as the Awards Chair for the 2017 contest and contact Lori Hudson, First Vice President at very soon.  Your help is needed in ensuring we have a successful 2017 competition.  


Member Survey – We want to Hear from You.

  • Please take a moment to complete the 2016 Member Survey at;
  • NACIO is continually striving to put together quality webinars and workshops in addition to providing valuable services to its members.  We want to hear from you on how we can make NACIO even better to provide the resources members would like to see.  Survey responses will be collected now through Friday, December 30, 2016.


Membership Renewal Letters.

  • Letters will be arriving soon in your inboxes regarding 2017 NACIO Membership renewals.  Please be on the lookout for them and consider sharing information about NACIO membership with other colleagues at your organization or elsewhere that might benefit from NACIO’s monthly webinars, listserv and additional resources.  NACIO does offer discounts for multiple members and group membership for larger organizations to make membership affordable for counties of all sizes.  Membership information is also available at;


Legislative Conference Plans.

  • Save the date for NACIO activities at the NACo Legislative Conference being held February 25 to March 1, 2017.
  • NACIO plans to hold a business meeting and provide workshop content at the conference.  Stay tuned for further details.


As always, please feel free to contact me with questions at

Thank you and Happy Holidays!

Jessica Beyer, NACIO President



Registration for October 5 now open
Tuesday, September 27, 2016 3:42:00 PM

Greetings NACIO Members

Fall is here and it’s time for a few updates from NACIO!


Thank you to all those that participated in NACIO events as part of the National Association of Counties Conference in Long Beach in late July.

We had a very successful business meeting with a lot of great energy and ideas which members will be experiencing the benefits of in the next several months.  Additionally, members were able to take part in three pre-conference workshop presentations, NACIO's Awards of Excellence Reception and a crisis communications session as part of the NACo workshop line-up.  Thank you to all the presenters and those that attended various events at the conference.


Earlier this month, our full Board of Directors held a planning call and will continue meeting monthly via teleconference calls on the first Thursday of each month. New Board positions include; 

  • Perrin Anderson, Board Secretary (Sevier County, TN)
  • Tristan Babin, At-large Director (St. Charles Parish, LA) 
  • Terri Graham, At-large Director (Cook County, IL) 
  • Jennifer Finch, At-large Director (Weld County, CO)
  • Donnell Preskey Hushka, At-large Director (North Dakota Association of Counties)


Board members that will continue service to the organization include;

  • Jessica Beyer, President (Blue Earth County, MN)
  • Lori Hudson, First Vice President (Hillsborough County, FL)
  • Rebecca Carter, Second Vice President (Mecklenburg County, NC)
  • Todd McGee, Past President (Orange County, NC)
  • Mary Jane Neiman, Region 1 Director (County Commissioners Association of Ohio)
  • Danny Diehl, Region 2 Director (Mecklenburg County, NC)
  • Dave Rose, Region 3 Director (El Paso County, CO)
  • Carolyn Marinan, Region 4 Director (Hennepin County, MN) 


The Board is in the process of considering reinstatement of a treasurer position as part of the leadership team. The commitment of time and expertise of Board members to the organization is greatly appreciated.


On a sad note, one of our past presidents, Robert Tucker, formerly employed with Johnson County, KS recently passed away.  Robert was a wonderful advocate for NACIO and our sympathy goes out to his family, friends and Johnson County colleagues.  NACIO has sent a memorial plant arrangement for his funeral which will be held tomorrow.  His obituary is posted at;


Now that fall is in full swing, NACIO will continue its free webinar series for members.  Generally, we hold webinars quarterly. However, we have enough topics to schedule monthly webinars - so we will move forward with holding webinars on the first Wednesday of each month at 1 p.m. (CST).  Please mark your calendars for the following webinar dates;

  • October 5, 2016
  • November 2, 2016
  • December 7, 2016
  • January 4, 2017
  • February 1, 2017
  • (No Webinar in March due to the NACo Legislative Conference)
  • April 5, 2017
  • May 3, 2017
  • June 7, 2017


The October 5 webinar is titled, "NACIO Best of Class Winner Showcase: Publications with Market Appeal” and will feature best practices that Kitsap County Public Works Communications Team used to create their “2016 Best of Class” winning entry “WasteWise Living” magazine.  Doug Bear, Communications Manager and Erina Kong, Public Information Specialist with Kitsap County will present.  Additionally, all Best of Class Winners in the 2016 Awards of Excellence Contest will be highlighted.  Learn more and register at;  Information is also listed below.

Thank you and we hope you can take part in the October 5 webinar!


Jessica Beyer, NACIO President

NACIO workshop highlighted by NACo 

Posted by Todd McGee Thursday, July 28, 2016 4:26:00 PM Categories: NACIO NACo

The National Association of County Information Officers' workshop, "Are you ready for a Media Storm?" was covered by the National Association of Counties during its annual conference blog.

  • Click here to read all about it.


Make Plans to attend NACIO's July Workshop & NACo Annual Conference Events in Long Beach! 

Posted by Jessica Monday, May 16, 2016 11:30:00 AM

We hope to see many members and others from counties, state associations and organizations at the NACo Annual Conference being held in LA County/Long Beach, California July 22 to July 25, 2016.   As an affiliate organization to the National Association of Counties (NACo), NACIO has the following events planned:

Friday, July 22

NACIO Business Meeting  

10 a.m.

Location:  Shoreline ABHyatt Regency Long Beach  (all members welcome)


NACIO Pre-Conference Workshop focusing on Communication Strategies for Counties 

12:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. 

Location:  Seaview AB - Hyatt Regency Long Beach  (all members and conference attendees welcome)

This communications workshop is open to all NACIO members and conference attendees free of charge.  NACIO members do not need to be registered for the NACo conference to attend the pre-conference workshop. I’ll be sending a flyer with specific presentation details this week. We have a great line-up of presenters and are excited to be able to offer this material to folks.  Please note that due to logistics and in order to cost effectively offer the workshop to members, lunch has been removed from the agenda.  NACIO members are welcome to meet up with colleagues for networking and lunch (on your own) at Tides Restaurant following the business meeting and prior to the workshop starting.


Awards of Excellence Reception

5 p.m. to 7 p.m.  Awards presentation at 5:30 p.m.

NACIO will highlight the important work of county and state association PIO’s/communicators as part of its

Awards of Excellence reception honoring winners of the 2016 contest.  The signature event for NACIO will be not far from conference activities in the lantern room at Parker’s Lighthouse on the waterfront.

We sincerely hope you can attend to celebrate our association and the outstanding work being showcased that evening.


Other Conference Activities – July 23 and July 24

In addition to events on Friday, July 22 – NACIO will be putting on a workshop Sunday, July 24 at 2:45 p.m. for NACo conference attendees titled “Are You Prepared for the Media Storm”.

NACIO is also planning to offer some communications/media relations assistance to NACo conference attendees by staffing a room on Saturday, July 23 and Sunday, July 24 for a few hours to answer questions and provide guidance.


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