Notes from NAGW Launches on GovLoop

Notes From NAGW

  • Do you want to start using social media but don’t know how to get started?
  • Have you seen other cities and counties doing really cool stuff and wonder how they do it?
  • Do you want to make your site accessible to everyone but aren’t sure how?
  • Do you know that pretty soon constituents are going to demand your site works on their iPhone or Blackberry but you can’t begin to imagine where you’ll get the resources to make that happen?
  • Are you anxious to learn CSS3 and HTML5 but don’t have a minute to spare during the day?

If you answered yes to one or more of these questions, you’re just like every member of the National Association of Government Webmasters (NAGW).

How do we know? We’re your NAGW Board members. We’re also web professionals ourselves, typically the only web person in our jurisdiction or possibly one member of a very small team.

  • Like us, you’re excited by the rapid pace of change in the government web development world over the last few years. New ideas, new thoughts, new directions; heck, new media! New tools and techniques! This is an exciting time for government web folk.
  • Like us, you’re frustrated by a weak economy that means budgets are tight, staff is non-existent, yet departments and citizens demand we do more and more on the web.You’ve got great ideas for web-based projects to serve your citizens (and if you don’t, your bosses, elected officials and the citizens you serve do), but one person (or a handful if you’re lucky) can only do so much.

If you’re a local or state government webmaster looking for help doing your job, join NAGW. We’re here for you.

For the last eight years, we’ve been helping fellow local government webmasters solve the problems government web professionals face every day. We do it on our 700+ member listserv*; we do it via our National Conference; we do it via our free monthly webinars*. And starting today, we’re going to do it via this weekly blog on GovLoop.

Your NAGW Executive Board
Ron Pringle, President & Web Developer, City of Aurora, IL
Susan Christophersen, Secretary & Senior Web Administrator, Boulder County CO
Carol A. Spencer, Treasurer & Web Manager, Morris County NJ

*benefits free to members-only

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Awesome…looking forward to the blogging.

And I’m totally looking forward to the conference in St. Louis this year.

Kristy Dalton

The conference is going to be great! I’m going to try to come out for the Welcome Reception. NAGW runs the best conferences I’ve ever been to. Everything’s uber-coordinated, professional and fun. And many of the vendors give away chotskies. And no matter what it is, like a logo pen or a branded stressball, I just have to have it.