City of Hickory Wins State Award for Excellence in Communications | Local business news

HICKORY – The city of Hickory was among 29 North Carolina governments to be recognized with the North Carolina City & County Communicators (NC3C) 2022 Excellence in Communications Awards. Hickory won second place in the Best Use of Humor category.

The awards were announced April 28 at the 2022 NC3C Annual Conference in Greenville. The 111 nominations for the awards program were judged by professional communications peers from the Minnesota Association of Government Communicators.

“The Communications Excellence Awards are my favorite part of our annual conference, right after seeing all my friends and colleagues from across the state,” said outgoing NC3C President Joshua Harris of the City of Lenoir. “This is when our members really shine for creating content that has reached the top, which is not such an easy feat in our state full of amazing local government communicators.”

Hickory Town won second place in the Best Use of Humor category for its Christmas Parade & Tree Lighting promotional video featuring a Rocky-inspired movie montage of scenes following Santa around town as he prepares for the big event. Watch the award-winning video at

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“The Hickory Communications Office works hard year-round to keep citizens engaged and informed, so it’s gratifying to see these efforts recognized by our peers through the NC3C Awards Program,” said Dana Kaminske, Chief Communications Officer. communications and marketing.

“It was a fun project for our team,” added Sarah Killian, Communications Specialist. “Much of what we do daily in local government is serious business, so it’s good when a project allows us to use our creativity and humor. Highlighting some of Hickory’s idiosyncrasies in the video made it approachable and entertaining.

The goal of North Carolina City & County Communicators is to encourage professional development and networking among local government communications professionals. The organization celebrates 15 years since its founding in March 2007 and is made up of professional government communicators from across the state. For more information on NC3C, visit