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WV Commerce: Award-Winning Work

The Public Relations Society of America recognized WV Commerce's Marketing and Communications’ excellence, naming its targeted online marketing campaign the “Best in Show” for a six-state region, the crisis communications work during the Upper Big Branch Mine Disaster as the “Best in West Virginia” and Director Kim Harbour the “PRSA Practitioner of the Year” in 2012. Commerce has won more than 50 awards in four years:

WV Edge magazine
2012 PRSA Achievement -- Regional (6-state region): Institutional Relations

Kureha Grand Opening press kit
2012 PRSA Achievement -- Regional (6-state region): Special Event

Upper Big Branch – Disaster Investigation Report
2012 PRSA Achievement -- Regional (6-state region): Crisis Communications
2011 PRSA Merit: Brochures – statewide award

Upper Big Branch – MHS&T Crisis Communications Support
2010 PRSA Best in West Virginia – statewide award
2010 PRSA Crisis Communication – statewide award

Targeted Landing Pages (Tourism and Business Search Engine Marketing)
2011 PRSA BEST IN SHOW -- Regional (6-state region): Business to Business Campaign
2010 Excellence in Information Technology awards, WV IT Summit -- Best Application Serving the Public
2010 PRSA Research – statewide award

Governor’s Guaranteed Work Force Annual Report
2011 PRSA Merit – Regional (6-state region): Investor Relations
2010 PRSA Annual Report – statewide award

WV SBDC Brand Management – logo system
2011 PRSA Diamond – Regional (6-state region): Brand Management Tactic
2011 PRSA Crystal: Logos & Brand Management – statewide award

Discover West Virginia -- special issue Wonderful WV magazine
2011 PRSA Merit – Regional (6-state region): Consumer Marketing
2011 PRSA Crystal: 4-color Magazine – statewide award

Business at the Speed of Life DVD
2011 PRSA Merit– Regional (6-state region): Institutional Relations, Tactic

Business at the Speed of Life Media Event
2011 PRSA Crystal: Special Events and Observances – statewide award

Three-Step Jump Start: Step 1 Video
2011 PRSA Crystal: Scripts – statewide award

DC Domination: Mobile and Posters
2011 PRSA Merit: Integrated Communications – statewide award

WVCommerce.org, WVTourism.com, WVDO.org
2010 PRSA Diamond – Regional (6-state region): Marketing Campaigns: Consumer Related
2009 PRSA Interactive Web sites – statewide award
2010 Excellence in Information Technology awards, West Virginia IT Summit -- Best IT Collaboration
Juggle.com -- Top State Tourism Website Award

Genuine West Virginia Logo
2010 PRSA Diamond – Regional (6-state region) Brand Management Campaigns
2009 PRSA Collateral Materials: Logo – statewide award

2010 National Scout Jamboree: West Virginia Trading Cards
2010 PRSA Diamond – Regional (6-state region): Special Events & Observances Tactics
2010 PRSA Collateral piece/Invitation – statewide award

“Genuine West Virginia Reunions Campaign”
2011 PRSA Diamond -- Regional (6-state region): Community Relations
2009 PRSA Achievement – Regional (6-state region): Integrated Communications Campaigns
2010 PRSA External Communication campaign – statewide award

Individual Writing Awards

“The Comeback Cracker” by Courtney Sisk
2012 PRSA Achievement -- Regional (6-state region)

“Easy Being Green: Ecotourism-based Businesses” by Kim Harbour
2011 PRSA Crystal: Magazine Article, 500+ words – statewide award
2012 PRSA Achievement -- Regional (6-state region): Consumer-Related Marketing

“Holidays for the Holidays: 55 years at Kumbrabow” by Courtney Sisk
2011 PRSA Crystal: Magazine Article, 500+ words – statewide award

“Maggie’s…A Salsa Success Story,” article by Leslie Fitzwater
2010 PRSA Diamond – Regional (6-state region): Marketing: Consumer Related Tactics
2009 PRSA Crystal Award for Writing – statewide award

“Being West Virginian,” article by Kim Harbour
2010 PRSA Diamond – Regional (6-state region): Multicultural Communications Tactics
2010 PRSA Writing 1000+ Words – statewide award

“The Eureka Factor” by Catherine Zacchi
2010 PRSA Writing 1000+ Words – statewide honor

“West Virginia Building a Business Climate” by Catherine Zacchi
2009 PRSA Writing: Articles more than 1,000 words – statewide award

The WV Commerce Social Network
2010 PRSA Social Media Campaign – statewide award

Genuinely Home for the Holidays – special issue Wonderful WV magazine
2010 PRSA External Communication magazine – statewide award

Explore WV: Geocaching on Facebook
2010 PRSA Social Marketing project – statewide award

Come Home and Stay Radio spots
2009 PRSA Crystal Award Writing Scripts – statewide award

White House Clean Energy Meeting
2009 PRSA Crystal Award Special Publication Single Issue – statewide award

From Farm to Table, special issue Wonderful WV Magazine
2010 ADDY Silver Award – statewide award

Come Home to West Virginia Campaign
2009 PRSA Crystal-Integrated Marketing Campaign – statewide award
2009 Southern Economic Development Council Superior Award-Overall Campaign (17-state Region)

WV Commerce Stylebook
2009 SEDC Best in Show (17-state Region)
2009 SEDC Superior Award- Branding and Packaging (17-state Region)

Home for the Holidays to Stay, special issue Wonderful WV Magazine
2009 PRSA Crystal- 4-color magazine 2009 SEDC Award of Excellence-Special Purpose Brochure (17-state Region)

Going Into Business in WV Kit
2009 SEDC Award of Merit-General Purpose Promotion (17-state Region)

Come Home and Stay Postcards
2008 ADDY Silver Award – statewide award