Pipeline’s “Universal Opposition” demonstrates systemic failure

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By Patrick Fox, CEO There is no reason for any project, regardless of how controversial it is, to have universal opposition. Pipelines, like quarries, mines, power plants, casinos, landfills and a host of other land uses, are very controversial because no one wants to live near one. That’s a fact that everyone knows going in. This is a systemic failure … Read More

New California law gives green light to projects that lower carbon emissions

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California—the state that invented freeways and suburban sprawl—has become a trendsetter again, with a new law that rewards community plans that reduce car use and greenhouse gas emissions in our new age of global climate change, writes Charles Lockwood in the Jetson Green blog. In October 2008, California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger signed into law SB375, which was supported by environmentalists, … Read More

Most Americans do not see large wind farms as harmful — Saint Index report

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Seventy-nine percent of Americans do not believe a large wind farm project is detrimental to their health and welfare, according to the 2009 US Saint Index survey of attitudes toward real estate development projects. The North American Windpower blog reports that slightly more than one in 10 adults, 11 percent, say a large wind project could diminish health and welfare. … Read More

Joint MIT-Saint Consulting Course on Land Use Politics July 17-18

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MIT’s Center for Real Estate and The Saint Consulting Group are collaborating for the second straight year to offer a two-day course on Community Relations: Winning Community Support for Land Use Projects. This unique course, to be held on July 17 and 18 at the Center for Real Estate on the Cambridge campus of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, is … Read More

Strategic Communications: Five Ways to Enhance your Competitive Advantage

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By Owen Eagan, The Saint Consulting Group There are at least five communications strategies your organization could utilize to enhance its competitive advantage.  These five strategies are practiced by Saint Consulting and have helped sustain the company as the worldwide market leader in land use politics.  We’ll elaborate on each of these strategies and how they relate to the practices … Read More

Strategic Comms: Why Communication is a Core Competence of Managerial Leaders

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By Owen Eagan, The Saint Consulting Group When discussing the core competencies of managerial leaders, communication must always be included because it is the basis upon which all core competencies are conveyed.  In fact, Peter Drucker, the management guru, stated that 60% of all management problems are the result of poor communication. Moreover, said Drucker, “There can be no communication … Read More

Strategic Communications: Getting Value out of Paid Media

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By Owen Eagan, The Saint Consulting Group Paid media on political campaigns typically refers to television and radio advertising, which still remains the dominant medium for reaching a large universe of voters.  For example, even though Jerry Brown was outspent by Meg Whitman by a margin of nearly 5 to 1 in the California gubernatorial race, he spent most of … Read More

How to Win Community Support for Development: Nine Key Steps

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By Patrick Fox, President, The Saint Consulting Group With large-scale development often facing clamors of opposition, generating community support for a project is a challenge to developers. To persuade a community to support a new project often means overcoming issues of property use, real estate value, traffic, environmental issues or character of a neighborhood. A developer needs a strategic communications … Read More

Strategic Communications: Introducing Our Communications Strategy Matrix

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By Owen Eagan, The Saint Consulting Group During the course of this series on strategic communications we have evaluated various voter outreach approaches.  As we are sure you concluded, the best means of voter outreach for one activity is not necessarily the best means for another.  For example, though direct mail is very effective for voter education, it is less … Read More