Mesa County Communication Officers’ Association was a vision created by a handful of agency spokespeople in the late 1990’s. It began as a casual group of a few, with a primary mission to train together, break bread together and assist each other during large scale incidents and agency crisis management.
Today, the group’s membership has grown ten fold, has two primary subcommittees, hosts an annual schedule packed public relations training, utilizes social media and traditional communication methods to directly inform area residents of large scale emergency events, and stays true to the original intent of the organization.
A few of our members have the faces you will likely recognize from daily interaction with media through their primary job duties, representing their employers in an official spokesperson capacity. However, most of our members work, train and create messaging for their equally important area business, organization, non-profit or entity, on a day-to-day basis.
As MCCOA, our members adopt a local non-profit as project to develop a communication plan for a worthy area organization. Our members also participate in many aspects of training and implamenting an emergency communication plan. These are the two primary sub-committees of MCCOA.
MESA COUNTY’S BASIC STATS
Borders: Utah’s eastern state line (west), Rio Blanco County (north), Delta County (south) and Garfield County (east)
Major Cities/Towns: Grand Junction, Fruita, Palisade, DeBeque, Collbran and Gateway
Square Miles: 3,341
Population: 147,848 (2012 census)
Major Rivers: Colorado River, Gunnison River and Plateau Creek
Major Roads: Interstate 70, Highway 330, Highway 6, Highway 50, Highway 65