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CSDA Conference a Winner

    CA Special District Conferences are always among the richest in content and best-run I attend. I was proud again in 2017 to present CSDA’s achievement awards to outstanding special district talent, such as Jon Newby, GM of West Valley Sanitation Dist., Santa Clara County.

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Whirlwind training binge strengthens client skills

Communication Advantage has had a busy and very satisfying early 2017, touring among various clients in Northern California who all want to take their public communications skills to the next level. It is so satisfying to help equip agencies to conduct open, forthright public outreach about important and complex public policy issues. We are thrilled to be able to serve in communities and for clients such as Marin County, Santa Clara County, Caltrain, the State Office of Emergency Services, Solano County and the Suisun Marsh, and others throughout the State. A special nod to the several hundred eager participants we’ve …

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2017 training season begins!

What a joy it was to begin an ambitious year of emergency management training in Contra Costa County this week with the team from California Specialized Training Institute.  Contra Costa has made such a commitment to being ready for whatever disaster or major emergency may befall them, usually bringing us in to train more people and practice each year for a major disaster. CoCo residents should have great confidence in the County’s preparedness.

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Cal Poly execs welcome emergency training

San Luis Obispo, CA  — March, 2016 It was a privilege to work with the enthusiastic and far-sighted Cabinet and executive staff at California Polytechnic Institute in San Luis Obispo to prepare and practice for serious emergency incidents that could arise.  Communication Advantage partnered with Joe Costello, retired instructor at California Specialized Training Institute, to help prepare Cal Poly for the worst. The training focused on the major functions, skills and tasks that must be coordinated to respond quickly to an emergency, including the communications skills needed  both among responders, and with the campus community and community at large. Using a …

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Welcome, Cal Poly!

We are very proud to welcome Cal Poly as a client. Our March workshop for the Cal Poly Cabinet and various emergency preparedness staff was a very productive day. Thank you especially to University leadership, who got involved and demonstrated their commitment to preparing and practicing for crisis and effective communications with their communities, on-campus and off.

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Welcome Tulare County as new client!

It was gratifying to spend a jam-packed, successful day mid-September helping Tulare County strengthen its communications team’s skills to enhance public engagement, outreach and media efforts. It is very clear that Tulare’s leadership and staff are passionate about serving residents and committed to effectively keeping the public informed. I look forward to future opportunities to serve  these new colleagues.

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First Crisis Communications Course for 2016!

Our first Crisis Communications Course for California Specialized Training Institute is set for mid-January in Los Angeles County. I look forward to seeing participants from all over the state. It will be great working with our team to start another great year preparing local governments for the toughest challenges of all.

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Great crisis communication workshop for CSDA

What a terrific, engaged group of California Special Districts Association attendees who participated in my Advanced Media Workshop Tuesday afternoon, Sept. 22, at the Annual Conference.  Special congratulations to the handful who stayed late on a gorgeous Monterey afternoon to practice their on-camera interview skills. Thank you CSDA for inviting me to provide this session!

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