MDOT’s Public Affairs team was recently honored with a national public relations award. Pictured, left to right: Lauren Mashburn of Ridgeland, graphic designer; Morgan Miller of Jackson (Fondren), digital media manager; Kevin Perez of Clinton, media producer; Jarrod Ravencraft of Jackson (Fondren), public affairs director; Jason Scott of Jackson (Belhaven), public information officer; Selena Standifer of Brandon (Reservoir), deputy public affairs director; and Lucy Hetrick of Canton, brand manager.
Jackson, Miss. — The Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) Public Affairs team, along with staff members from various departments, was recently honored with a national public relations award from the American Association of State Highway Transportation Officials (AASHTO) Committee on Transportation Communication (TransComm) in Denver, Colo.
TransComm is made up of public affairs professionals from the 50 states, Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia. It promotes excellence in communications through the exchange of ideas and educational programming, presents annual skills awards and advises other AASHTO committees on communications issues.
Public Affairs staff members won awards in the annual Skills Contest, conducted by the AASHTO TransComm Committee to recognize the outstanding work of its public relations practitioners and facilitate an exchange of ideas. The contest is considered the premier national competition in the transportation industry, and the awards have become a standard of public relations excellence among state DOTs.
“Winners demonstrate the very best examples of innovation, planning, production, execution and evaluation of results and budget,” said Lloyd Brown, AASHTO communications director.
During the 2017 Awards Luncheon, MDOT Public Affairs was presented with one of the contest’s highest honors, first place in interactive presentation. MDOT received the award for its “Legislative Video Series,” a series of six videos featuring important transportation issues to the taxpayers of Mississippi.
“It’s an honor for Mississippi to be recognized by its peers in communication and transportation on a national platform,” said Jarrod Ravencraft, MDOT public affairs director. “This video series tells MDOT’s story and educates the entire state on important issues affecting its citizens.”
To view the video series, checkout Mississippi DOT on YouTube and click the playlist, “Questions on MDOT Transparency,” or visit GoMDOT.com.