Jeffrey Caldwell 804-786-2715
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Aug. 13, 2008
VDOT WINS FOUR NATIONAL COMMUNICATIONS AWARDS
Agency recognized for communications excellence and outreach to save lives
The awards are granted to the top communications programs produced by state transportation departments between May 1, 2007 and April 30, 2008.
Thirty-two states submitted 117 entries in the 34-category skills contest.
Virginia’s top honors include:
- Internal newsletter — for its improved employee publication, the Bulletin. The publication was lauded for its writing, graphics, photography and focused approach to internal communications.
Web site without consultant — for the Highway Safety Challenge Web site, www.safeVAhighways.org, which was recognized for its high impact, design and navigation in an effort to save lives on Virginia’s highways.
Excel Award for public relations campaign over $50,000, without consultant — one of the top national transportation PR campaign awards granted to VDOT for the Highway Safety Challenge campaign. The campaign was lauded for its comprehensive approach to saving lives and reducing highway fatalities by changing driver behavior.
- Donna Purcell Mayes, a 31-year veteran of VDOT’s Office of Public Affairs, received the organization’s top individual honor for career achievement. The Founders Award is granted for long-term dedication to improving the transportation public affairs profession and contributing to the betterment of communications around the country.
“We are thrilled to have received the national recognition for our outreach to our internal and external customers,” said VDOT Commissioner David. S. Ekern. “We use all of the tools available to improve the quality of life for all who depend upon VDOT to connect them with the important things in their lives. Being recognized in this forum illustrates the quality of work completed by our dedicated staff and the significant impact communications can make to travelers throughout the commonwealth.”
For more information about the winners in every category, and to view the winning entries, visit http://www.dot.ca.gov/NTPAW/winners.htm
Editor’s note: The Bulletin can be accessed at http://www.virginiadot.org/about/bulletin.asp
The Highway Safety Challenge Web site and campaign materials are at www.safeVAhighways.org
A photo of Donna Purcell Mayes, a resident of Colonial Heights, is available upon request.
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