Cabarrus County awarded for excellence in communications

Cabarrus County earned statewide recognition for government communications in the fourth annual North Carolina City & County Communicators’ (NC3C) Excellence in Communications Awards. Cabarrus County won four awards in television and video production.
Cabarrus County’s Communications and Outreach Department won four first-place awards and one second-place award:
·         1st place One Time Special Programming – Foster Parent Stories
·         1st place Regular Programming – Historical Moments with Clarence Horton, Brumley Gold Mine
·         1st place Promotional Video – Channel 22 promo
·         2nd place Promotional Video – Foster Care Baseball Celebration
The Communications and Outreach staff takes a team approach to video production and programming for Channel 22, the county government channel accessible through Timewarner Cable, the Cabarrus County website and Cabarrus County’s branded YouTube channel. The staff is comprised of Christopher Bullard, who produces, edits, and films; David Baxter, who produces and films; and Aimee Hawkins, who provides scriptwriting and voice talent.
“We have a great number of talented and innovative government communication professionals in North Carolina and it is an honor to work side by side with them as we are dedicated to keeping citizens informed and engaged in our respective communities,” said Mandy Pitts, NC3C President and Communications Director and Brand Manager for the City of Hickory.  “This year’s award ceremony showcased the best of the best in communications in North Carolina from special events to videos to projects that were creative but did not cost much money or anything at all.”
Judges for the NC3C Excellence in Communications Awards were government communication professionals from California, Florida, Texas, Virginia, Colorado and Georgia.  Each judge had previously won first or second-place in the national Savvy Awards, presented annually by the City-County Communications and Marketing Association.