Cape Coral Communications Office Recognized at FMCA Outstanding Awards
The City of Cape Coral's Office of Communications was awarded and recognized at the Florida Municipal Communicators Association's (FMCA) 2022 Outstanding Awards Program Ceremony May 19.
Melissa Mickey, City of Cape Coral Communications Manager, earned the 2022 Rising Star Award, and the Office of Communications was recognized with an honorable mention for the 2022 Best Web Resource Award.
Approximately 60 communicators throughout the state of Florida were nominated for the "Rising Star” award which recognizes a communications professional with less than five years in the government communications field who demonstrates achievement, excellence, and innovation. According to the FMCA, nominees for this award must possess strong leadership potential and show that they are future industry leaders.
Cape Coral's first formal Office of Communications was established in 2021 and Mickey was promoted to Communications Manager in February 2022. In her first year, she compiled the City's first communications team, which lead to an increase in the City's social media following by 231 percent, press releases distributed by 850 percent, and online engagement by 1,150 percent. She also spearheaded the City's Hurricane Ian crisis communication, coordinating press conferences, radio broadcasts, and live interviews with national news channels.
The FMCA is a professional network of individuals who provide communications leadership and support in Florida’s cities, towns and villages.