City wins seven statewide awards for communications, marketing

The City of Round Rock won four first place TAMI Awards, one second and two third this week at the Texas Association of Municipal Information Officers (TAMIO) conference, which took place at Kalahari Resort and Conventions in Round Rock.

Communications and Marketing Director Will Hampton was also named recipient of the Cheryl A. Soward Communicator of Distinction Award for his efforts in leading City of Round Rock’s communications over the last 23 years.

“His commitment to our profession is unparalleled,” said TAMIO President Jay Warren. “He raises the bar on a daily basis and, leading by example, challenges the rest of us to be better.”

The City’s first place TAMI awards were for:

  • COVID-19 Internal Communications — for the Round Rock Police Department’s “Corona Roundup” video series to keep employees safe and informed during the pandemic.
  • Best Media Relations — for the Round Rock Police Department’s 2019 Operation Front Porch program.
  • Best Use of Social: Planned (Populations greater than 100,000) — for a series of posts about Kalahari Resort and Conventions’ grand opening in Round Rock, which reached more than 14 million people.
  • Innovation — for Storm Stories, a series of blogs that incorporated audio, video and other digital elements to highlight and recognize employees’ heroic efforts during Winter Storm Uri.

The City earned a second place award for Photography for its “Picture-perfect parks” social media initiative to showcase Round Rock’s parks, as well as in the Print Report (Populations greater than 100,000) category for its 2019 Community Development Annual Report.

The City won a third place award for Best Use of Social Media: Unplanned (Populations greater than 100,000) for its efforts to keep the public informed during Winter Storm Uri.

Left-right: Multimedia Specialist Ethan Lankford, Digital Media Coordinator Austin Ellington, Assistant Director of Communications and Marketing Sara Bustilloz, Director of Communications and Marketing Will Hampton, Digital Designer Stacey McIntyre and Public Information Specialist Nick Olivier. Photo courtesy of TAMIO

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