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CAPIO 50th Art Challenge
Calling all creatives!

Calling all creatives, we need your astute design expertise to help capture the essence of government communications over the past 50 years! Show us your design skills!

While the heart of public relations, government sector communications, and outreach has gone unchanged, the way we communicate, what we communicate, and how consumers of information obtain messages have dramatically transformed. 


Call for speakers – 2021 Annual Conference
Submit your session idea today!

We are excited to be planning the CAPIO 2021 Annual Conference!  While many of the sessions from the anticipated 2020 conference program are being moved to the 2021 agenda, we know there are new topics you want to learn about or want to share.  

So, we are opening up our 2021 Call for Speakers to help round out our 2021 Annual Conference program.   The conference will be held at the Resort at Squaw Creek in Olympic Valley, November 2 – 5, 2021.  


CAPIO celebrates 50 years:  Honoring the past, celebrating our future
by Maurice Chaney, CAPIO 2020-2021 President

For half a century, the California Association of Public Information Officials (CAPIO) has been the linkage between good government, the professionals that help to inform, educate, and engage, and the communities we serve. With communication, we made and continue to make miracles happen.

“If you just communicate, you can get by. But if you communicate skillfully, you can work miracles.”

― Jim Rohn


CAPIO Conference to be held in fall 2021
November 2 - 5, 2021 - Resort at Squaw Creek

Dear Members and Friends,

This month it became apparent that while we have been planning to gather in May (some in-person, some virtual), it is unknown when we will be able to officially gather under the re-opening guidelines. While the Governor lifted the stay-at-home order, many agencies continue to have travel restrictions in place as well as restrictions on in-person gatherings.


CAPIO EPIC Awards on pause
by Teresa Collins, CAPIO V.P. Awards

It has been an EPIC year for California’s Public Information Officials. We have been navigating a pandemic while delivering top-notch communications across our state. We had to skip our 2020 conference but will be back this fall in Squaw Valley as we celebrate CAPIO’s 50th Birthday!


CAPIO Communicator of the Year and utility PIO offers how she and her team are getting through a tough year
Perspective from Tiffany Baca, Public Affairs Manager, Municipal Water District of Orange County

By Brie Anne Coleman, Placer County Water Agency

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to upend the world, utility providers are also experiencing increasing uncertainty that will be challenging to navigate. While utilities are resilient, having experienced and weathered crises in the past, the unique and unprecedented nature of this pandemic and its consequences are creating an entirely new experience. 


2021 CAPIO Annual Conference
NEW DATES: November 2- 5, 2021 - Olympic Valley

CAPIO is excited to announce new dates for the 2021 CAPIO Annual Conference!  


November 2 – 5, 2021

Resort at Squaw Creek
400 Squaw Creek Rd, Olympic Valley, CA  96146
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Conference Schedule
  • November 2 – 1 p.m. – 5 p.m. – Preconference sessions
  • November 3 – 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. - Full Day of sessions / keynote presentations
  • November 4 – 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. -  Full Day of sessions / keynote presentations followed by a dinner celebration
  • November 5 – 9 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. – Morning sessions / departure day

We plan to offer a digital track in addition to the live conference for those who are unable to join us in person.  More details coming soon. Registration will be available in late April.  

Questions?  Contact us at events@capio.org

Interested in joining our conference committee?  Email us at info@capio.org

Interested in presenting at the conference?  Click here


New Brand Unveiled at Annual Conference
CAPIO's Taking Members to New Heights


CAPIO was excited to unveil its new brand at our conference in April. As we all know, the world around us is changing. The demand for information is at an all-time high, and attention spans are at an all-time low. We’re in an era where meaningful community engagement has to be carefully balanced with powerful outside pressures. Communication is moving faster than ever, meaning what’s worked for us in the past won’t continue to work in the future.