Wednesday, December 31, 2014

FCN 2014 recap

Posted December 31, 2014 by Britt Ehrhardt, FCN 2014 Co-Chair

Headshot photo of Britt Ehrhardt in a suit jacket


As the year wraps up, please join me in thanking the 2014 FCN leadership team for their service. They have labored mightily on your behalf over the past months, and we’ve all benefited from their work. Check out their names and accomplishments below.

Dave Hebert of USGS and I have been honored to be your co-chairs for the past two years, and we are excited to pass the reins to the new team. It’s clear to me and everyone else who knows them that the new FCN co-chairs Cori Bassett and Deb Harris will be leading FCN to great things in 2015. See their leadership team bios and exciting plans.

Here are some highlights:

·         In the past two years, we grew membership by 45% to 725 people and transitioned to a list-serv—so you can reach out to your gov comms peers directly. Yasmine Kloth of NIH, Dave, and I supported list management and member services. And thanks to ALL of you for sharing such great information with the list.

·         We forged many new partnerships to bring you 10 events serving more than 1,500 attendees. If you missed some, check out our archives and materials from trainings. Our event with the U.S. Access Board and the Federal CIO Council Accessibility Community of Practice was the most popular. And our trilateral events with the UK’s Government Communication Service, Canada’s Communications Community Office, and GSA’s DigitalGovUniversity were not far behind. Deb Harris of DFAS put on one of our best reviewed events, an in-person writing training, Dave and Cori Bassett of DHS moderated great panels and appeared on the radio(!), I wore myself out event planning, and many others were involved.

·         Ethan Alpern of USGS started our Promote a Friend effort and also recruited our very first FCN summer intern, among other great accomplishments.

·         Sara Crocoll of NIH, Lisa Wilcox of USDA, and I took shifts on the FCN blog, publishing 25 posts on a bunch of interesting and helpful topics and moderating comments. Did you see the post from Canada’s Communications Community Office about how the government of Canada is retiring the traditional press release?

·         Deb Harris and I managed the FCN conversation on LinkedIn, where we’ve almost tripled participation in the past two years. And Deb also implemented a member survey, in which you told us about the services you wanted. And let’s not forget FCN on Twitter either—thanks for your help, Sara!

Happy new year, everyone!

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