Arvada’s citizen newsletter received top honors at the prestigious national Savvy Awards competition hosted by the City/County Communications and Marketing Association (3CMA).
The Arvada Report, the City’s bi-monthly, 24-page newsletter, was awarded first place in the category of External Newsletter. “A clean, informative newsletter,” commented the judges, “packed with lots of great information and well written. This is an outstanding effort—everything you want to see in a City newsletter.”
Arvada also received third place in the category of Marketing and Tools/Government Service for AskArvada, an online customer service initiative launched in 2007 which enables residents, businesses, and visitors to access valuable City information and submit questions or service requests 24-hours a day, seven days a week from the comfort of their homes or offices. KATV Channel 8, Arvada’s local government access channel, received third place in the category of Video/Education and Training for a segment titled Shadow Interpreting, which profiled the Arvada Center’s program bringing theater to the hearing impaired. The judges remarked, “Amazing topic! Very worthwhile project and communication effort. Great production.”
Formed in 1988, 3CMA is an international association of more than 750 professional communicators working on behalf of city and county agencies and related organizations. The Savvy Awards program was started in 1989 as a way to recognize outstanding communications efforts by cities and counties. This year’s awards program drew over 800 entries in a range of video, print, and marketing categories. The Savvy Awards were handed out at the 3CMA annual conference on October 23 in Lake Tahoe, Nevada.