ADOT communications director, internal newsletter win national honors

By Kathy Boyle / ADOT Communications

Inside Lane 45th Anniversary IssueRecently, we shared exciting news that ADOT had won three regional awards in the America’s Transportation Awards competition. This competition is sponsored by the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO), the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and AAA. We are awaiting word if one of our award-winning projects has been selected as making the “Top 12” list, to compete for the highly coveted national recognition as the top transportation project in the country.

AASHTO has a similar competition among communication offices in departments of transportation across the country; it’s called the TransComm Skills competition. Communication offices submit entries that meet the criteria set in 30 categories, including print and electronic marketing, public awareness events, video production, best news release and more. What makes earning the recognition from TransComm so special is that it comes from our peers.

This year’s competition was fierce as 192 entries were submitted across the 30 categories, with winners declared last week. We are proud to announce that ADOT was recognized as having the “Best Internal Publication” for our employee newsletter, The Inside Lane.  Our newsletter focused on ADOT’s 45-year anniversary and showcased employee memories and the evolution of ADOT from 1974 to the present. That's the cover from the July 2019 edition celebrating the anniversary you can see in the image above.

We also are excited to announce that ADOT’s Communications Director Tim Tait is this year’s “PR Professional of the Year;” a well-deserved award for a respected leader who has been with the agency since 2006. This recognition is given to an individual who demonstrates superior professional character, exhibits exemplary professional achievements, creates a positive impact on the communications profession and agency, and has earned the respect of peers and co-workers - all qualities Tim exhibits each and every day at ADOT.  In his acceptance speech during TransComm festivities, Tim said “I simply try to make tomorrow better than yesterday as my guide as a leader and team member.”

Well said, Tim Tait, well said!