Saint Paul's Joe Ellickson Receives 2016 Communicator of the Year Award

September 29, 2016

Contact: Jeannette Rebar, Public Works Department
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GovDelivery Recognizes Joe Ellickson as the 2016 Digital Strategy & Impact Award Communicator of the Year

Awards Recognize Vanguards of Government Communication, Honor Effective and Innovative Digital Strategy Throughout the Public Sector

SAINT PAUL – Saint Paul Public Works announced today that Joe Ellickson, the department’s marketing and communications manager, has been named Communicator of the Year by GovDelivery through their 2016 Digital Strategy & Impact Awards. The awards recognize public sector organizations and individuals working to accelerate and streamline usage of online services, those who inform and engage citizens to drive changes in behavior, as well as those working to increase community contributions.

“Joe has done remarkable work for the department this year,” said Public Works Director Kathy Lantry.  “It is great to see others recognize the excellent service that he provides to our department and the community as a whole. His innovative approach to communications and public education has helped put Public Works and Saint Paul on the map.”

The Communicator of the Year Award lauds an individual communicator making a marked difference in the way their organization communicates with citizens.

Ellickson was recognized for the work he did to create and market the Saint Paul Winter Parking App; the creation and promotion of snow emergency text messaging in multiple languages; the creation of a new external newsletter; the development of a new protocol to address Limited English Proficiency (LEP) on all Public Works communications; and several other efforts to broaden the department’s reach to communities of color.

All government organizations are eligible for participation in the awards and entries are reviewed by the GovDelivery Awards Committee and judged against all other nominations in the market and category.  Ellickson was selected from nominations submitted from every level of government across the country and in the United Kingdom.


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About Saint Paul Public Works

Saint Paul Public Works is a nationally accredited organization responsible for the design, construction and maintenance of the street, sewer, traffic, street lighting and drainage infrastructure systems in the city of Saint Paul. One of the largest engineering organizations in Minnesota, Saint Paul Public Works is responsible for more than 865 miles of streets, 806 miles of sanitary sewer, 450 miles of storm sewer, over 100 bridges, and 145 miles of bike lanes. The Department also coordinates citywide recycling and solid waste collection efforts. For more information about Saint Paul Public Works, visit