Mesa County Communications 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 with 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 faces you will likely recognize from daily interaction with media through their primary job duties, which include representing their employers in an official spokesperson capacity. However, most of our members work, train and create messaging for an equally important area business, organization, non-profit or entity on a daily basis.
As MCCOA, our members adopt a local non-profit as a project to develop a communication plan for a worthy area organization. Our members also participate in many aspects of training and implementing an emergency communication plan. These are the two primary sub-committees of MCCOA.
Utah’s eastern state line (west), Garfield County (north), Delta County (east) and Montrose County (south)
Major Cities/Towns: Grand Junction, Fruita, Palisade, DeBeque, Collbran and Gateway
Square Miles: 3,341
Population: 156,528 (2021 census)
Major Rivers: Colorado River, Gunnison River and Plateau Creek
Major Roads: Interstate 70, Highway 330, Highway 6, Highway 50, Highway 65