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Fresno County Communications Team Wins 2024 Frank Potter Cowan Crisis Communicator of the Year Award

The California Association of Public Information Officers (CAPIO) has awarded the Fresno County Communication Team the 2024 Frank Potter Cowan Crisis Communicator of the Year Award for their extraordinary efforts to educate the public on the dangers of winter storms that struck the County in 2023. The number of atmospheric storms that impacted the Central Valley and the County had severe public safety scenarios that could have led to a more significant loss of life and injuries. The Fresno County Communications Team provided vital warnings and educational information on easy-to-reach channels to get the word out.


Maurice Chaney selected as the 2024 Paul B. Clark recipient

Maurice Chaney, an award-winning strategic communications professional with over 24 years of combined experience in the public and private sectors, was awarded the 2024 Paul B. Clark Achievement Award by CAPIO on May 15 in Indian Wells during the CAPIO Annual Conference and Awards Dinner.

In his current role, Maurice is the Public Information Officer for the City of Roseville. He manages public relations and outreach and oversees a hands-on learning center for Environmental Utilities, a suite of community-owned utilities for a community of nearly 160,000.


Call for Nominations for CAPIO’s Individual Awards
Deadline: March 16

Nominations are now open for CAPIO’s annual special awards!  New this year, CAPIO has added a Rising Star award celebrating the achievements of an individual who has 5 years or less experience in the field of government communications.  This award joins our special awards line up including the Communicator of the Year Award, Frank Potter Cowan Crisis Communications Leader of the Year Award, and the prestigious Paul B. Clark Award.


Refresh at CAPIO 2024 – Your Communications Oasis
Registration now open for CAPIO 2024

Welcome to the CAPIO 2024 annual conference, where we invite you to discover “Your Communications Oasis” in the heart of the captivating desert landscape of Indian Wells. 

Our theme, “Your Communications Oasis,” is more than just a phrase—it’s an invitation to step away from the bustling office environment and immerse yourself in a haven where learning, networking, and rejuvenation seamlessly converge. The desert, with its vast expanse and striking vistas, becomes the backdrop for your professional recharge.


Episode 10
Salute Your Staff: Recognizing the People Who Stand Behind Your Agency

Check out the latest episode of CAPIO Chirp podcast!

In this episode, Scotty and Paul talk with two outstanding communicators, DeDe Cordell, Communications Manager for Yuba Water Agency, and Dan Fenstermaker, Media Services Specialist at the City of Brea. They share some awesome ways to give love and show support to their staff and creatively highlight the dedicated people and roles of their government agencies. Listen now


CAPIO Conference exhibitor and sponsorship opportunities now available!
Get your company name in front of California's PIOs from across the state at CAPIO 2024

Exhibit and sponsorship opportunities are now available for the 2024 CAPIO Annual Conference being held May 13 – 16 in Indian Wells, California at the Renaissance Esmeralda Resort & Spa. 

Exhibit table space costs $2,500 and includes one conference attendee pass (valued at $675-$825) If you are looking for more visibility before and after the conference, sign up to be an annual partner with prices ranging from $3,500-$7,500 and would include your exhibit space and much more! 


What is the Working Genius assessment tool?
Learn more at CAPIO's September Leadership Summit!

A new management and leadership tool being talked about is the 6 Types of  “Working Genius” assessment. 

The 6 Types of Working Genius is a model that helps people discover their natural gifts and thrive in their work and life.  When people are able to better understand the types of work that bring them more energy and fulfillment and the work that leads to frustration and failure, they can be more self-aware, more productive, and more successful.


CAPIO 2023 Leadership Summit
September 25 & 26

CAPIO is excited to announce that registration is now open for our inaugural Leadership Summit taking place in Lake Forest September 25 & 26!

Join us for an insightful and engaging two days geared toward public sector communicators looking to further their leadership skills.  This summit is designed for both emerging leaders and seasoned professionals who desire to learn more about how to gain or keep a seat at the C-suite table, manage others and think strategically within their agency.  To view the agenda and learn more by visiting the website.


Introducing CAPIO’s 2023-2024 Board of Directors

CAPIO is pleased to announce the 2023-2024 Board of Directors who oversee and guide the strategic direction for the association.   As the state’s leading government communications association, the California Association of Public Information Officials serves our 1000-member network of public communicators through training, networking and professional development opportunities.  Read on to learn more about our board members.


Las Virgenes Municipal Water District honored with 2023 Frank Potter Cowan Crisis Communicator of the Year Award

Monterey, Calif., – The Las Virgenes Municipal Water District was awarded the California Association of Public Information Officials (CAPIO) 2023 Frank Potter Cowan Crisis Communicator Award on Wednesday, May 3.  LVMWD was honored for their dedication, perseverance, and customer-service central approach during the most critical months of the state-wide drought. 


2023 Paul B. Clark Achievement Award Winner
Christine Brainerd, MPA, APR

Monterey, Calif., – Christine Brainerd, MPA, APR, was awarded the California Association of Public Information Officials (CAPIO) 2023 Paul B. Clark Achievement Award on May 3. Brainerd was honored for her commitment to leadership and mentorship within the communications field. 

“The only surprise to hearing that Christine was receiving this award was that she hadn’t received it already,” said CAPIO 2023-2024 President Lael Wageneck. “Her contributions to CAPIO and public communications are immeasurable. While the Paul B. Clark Award is essentially a lifetime achievement award, we look forward to many more years of Christine’s leadership and commitment to the profession.”


10 Reasons to Start Earning Accreditation in 2023

Chances are, if you haven’t already earned your APR, you’ve thought about what it might mean for you personally or how it could bolster your career. Maybe you’ve been thinking, “Next month will be the month!” And Now, Here. We. Are.

April is April is APR month, and CAPIO is proud to continue offering our members the internationally recognized Accreditation in Public Relations (APR). The APR is a true measure of excellence in the communications profession and the key to next-level career growth.


New and unique offerings at CAPIO 360
Monterey conference insights

In less than two months we will be seeing each other in Monterey!  CAPIO 360 is your chance to reconnect with peers, learn from others and build your professional network as we convene May 1 - 4 at the Hyatt Regency, Monterey.  Each year we try to incorporate some fresh new offerings in addition to perennial favorites and great educational content.  Read on to learn more about the CAPIO conference happenings!