Local Services gets National Association of Government Communicators award for Participatory Budgeting

Local Services’ Brent Champaco accepts the department’s “Award of Excellence” for Participatory Budgeting during an April 2023 ceremony in Portland, Ore.

Local Services’ Participatory Budgeting program has received an international accolade for the way it helped spread the word to the community.

The department won a National Association of Government Communicators’ Blue Pencil & Gold Screen Award for the blog post/news releases that it produced for Participatory Budgeting!

Led by Participatory Budgeting Manager Gloria Briggs and Public Information Officer Brent Champaco, Local Services captured the Award of Excellence in the Writer’s Portfolio category during a ceremony this month in Portland, Ore. The pieces that were submitted include:

“This is an amazing testament to the tireless effort people put into shifting power to community and promoting racial equity throughout King County,” Briggs said. “From our Local Services team to the Community Investment Budget Committee and Proposal Advocates to the more than 2,600 people who cast ballots, this award is a reflection on all of us. Congratulations!”

According to NAGC, the annual, international Blue Pencil & Gold Screen Awards program recognizes superior government communication products and those who produce them. Government agencies at the local, state and federal levels, as well as education and similar fields, are recognized for communications excellence with awards in more than 40 categories.

Other award winners in the Writer’s Portfolio category include the National Endowment for the Humanities and South Fayette Township (Penn.).

This is the third consecutive year that Local Services has won an NAGC award. The department took home a first place last year for its Employee Diversity showcases on social media, and the year prior it was recognized for its outreach during the 356th Drive SE Emergency Slide repairs.