Communications Award – Established in 2016, the Oregon Chapter Communications Award was created in honor of the inaugural recipient: Eric “Bulldog” Jones. The award, also referred to as the "Bulldog Award", recognizes individuals who are distinguished in the public works field for communication skills or techniques that bring awareness or educate the public and/or the profession about public works or public works communications. For more information, contact Krey Younger.
Examples of distinguished contributions may include one or more of the following:
Presentations at conferences on public works program or project communications; presentation on overcoming communications challenges
Use of innovative communication techniques for public works programs or projects
Develop and/or implement a complex communications plan for the benefit of a public works program or project
Scholarly publications on technical and professional public works issues
Significant contributions to chapter communications and publicity
Presentations and training on communication skills and techniques to public works professionals
Significant contributions to public works education
Meets criteria for a related national APWA award such as Donald C Stone Award for Excellence in Education and Exceptional Performance Award (Journalism)
John Brady and Portland Bureau of Transportation's Communications Team
John Brady, the Portland Bureau of Transportation’s Communications Director, and his communications team are the award recipients for the 2019 Oregon APWA Chapter Communications Award. John and his team richly deserved to win the Bulldog Award for the work they did to promote and explain their bureau’s maintenance and construction work through a series of engaging videos for social media.
The team produced videos to explain to their constituents how and why different types of projects were done, including base repairs, grading and repairing gravel streets, crack sealing, curb ramp and grind and pave projects. They also produced a safety video, asking Portlanders to be careful around work zones. As crews perform each type of project, they would post these videos to social media like NextDoor and Facebook to inform and educate the public.
When it comes to public works communications, Tony Jobanek is the real deal. With a long history in public works and an educational background in business communications Tony has been helping public works professionals at all levels develop important - and sometimes overlooked - skills in communication, leadership and conflict resolution.