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Published on December 14th, 2015 | by Millennium Magazine Staff

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City Receives IABC SC Palmetto Award

Pictured left to rigth: Mayor Steve Benjamin, Public and Media Relations Director Leshia Utsey, Councilman Moe Baddourah, Councilwoman Leona Plaugh, Councilwoman Tameika Isaac Devine and Councilman Sam Davis

The City of Columbia’s Public and Media Relations Department was awarded the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) SC Palmetto Award for their #LoveColumbia Photo Challenge initiative. “We were thrilled to present an opportunity that allowed our citizens to share what they love about Columbia,” stated Public and Media Relations Director Leshia Utsey.

The #LoveColumbia Photo Challenge is an annual City initiative that encourages citizens to submit photos via social media of their favorite images taken within City limits. Three individual photos are selected as winners from the City’s official Twitter, Instagram and Facebook through citizen participation and voting.

The Public and Media Relations Department serves as the voice of the city and is responsible for public awareness and education campaigns in addition to handling media relations matters for city officials and departments as needed. In addition to social media platforms, the department also maintains a government access channel, a website and produces various publications for the City of Columbia.

The Palmetto Awards were created in 1999 to recognize the outstanding work in the communications field and foster professional development among communicators. The awards provide the opportunity for communicators to display their talents in communication planning, publication writing and design, feature writing, electronic communication, and public relations and crisis communication campaigns.

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