New Albany recently earned a Diamond Award for its communications plan during the the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) East Central District Diamond Awards competition, according to a press release from the city.

New Albany recently earned a Diamond Award for its communications plan during the the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) East Central District Diamond Awards competition, according to a press release from the city.

The competition was open to members of 16 PRSA chapters in Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia.

"When we created the (public information officer) position three years ago, one of our goals was to implement a communications plan that reflects the importance we place on community outreach and dialogue here in New Albany," said city manager Joseph Stefanov in a city press release. "This award illustrates that we're on the right path in our engagement efforts."

Scott McAfee is New Albany's communications director.

New Albany's entry was judged in the integrated communications-government category, which included local, state and federal government agencies, the armed forces, chambers of commerce and educational institutions.

New Albany's communication plan, which was the only entry from central Ohio to earn a Diamond Award in the competition, was described as "the roadmap for how community leaders regularly engage with the public and promote New Albany as a friendly and inspiring community," according to the press release.

The award was presented to city staff members at the PRSA Central Ohio Chapter's June luncheon.

"This award genuinely reflects New Albany's strong commitment to strategic communications and community engagement, and I applaud them for these efforts," Todd Bailey, the PRSA Central Ohio chapter president, said in the release.