‘Nowhere is Safe’: Saint Reaches $30MM in NIMBY Wars

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December 13, 2008 Venture Nashville Connections FRANKLIN-BASED MIKE SAINT HAS CREATED A $30 MILLION INTERNATIONAL CONSULTANCY DRIVEN BY CONTROVERSY, THANKS LARGELY TO “DOING LESS,” IN ORDER TO DO IT VERY, VERY WELL. Saint is founder, chairman, CEO and treasurer of The Saint Consulting Group Inc., which helps real-estate developers and industrial plant builders win government permits or thwart competitors’ projects, … Read More

Winners and Losers In the 2008 Election Cycle

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December 2008 Campaigns & Elections’ Politics magazine Saint Consulting is included in Campaigns & Elections’ Politics magazine magazine’s annual listing of winners and losers in the 2008 election cycle. Saint is listed for the firm’s work on behalf of the winning rail transportation referendum in Honolulu. Winners and Losers In the 2008 Election Cycle

FasTracks to Private Property

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October 2008 Colorado Biz RTD AND LAND OWNERS BATTLE OVER EMINENT DOMAIN AS THE TRANSIT PROJECT GAINS MOMENTUM Plastered along the faux-Grecian columns of Denver’s Civic Center Park, giant red, white and blue banners fairly scream at the few dozen people gathered on this gray February day to protest the “land grab” of private property by Denver’s Regional Transportation District. … Read More

You Can Pay For It Now Or Pay For It Later

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Fall 2008 Concrete Answers You Can Pay For It Now Or Pay For It Later by Saint Consulting’s Christopher M. Hopkins Being a good corporate neighbor takes a lot of time and effort—but the rewards are significant. Rohrer’s Quarry, Inc. experienced the benefits first-hand when it recently won permits for a new concrete plant in Lititz, Pennsylvania. Rohrer’s has a … Read More

Developers Suffering Amid Downturn and ‘Nimbyism’

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August 2008 Public Affairs Public attitudes towards new building are becoming increasingly hostile, according to research presented at a housing-sector conference. Nick Keable, vice-president of UK operations at Saint Consulting, presented the research at the ‘Delivering housing growth: overcoming opposition’ conference on 8 July, which showed increasing ‘nimbyism’ (‘not in my back yard’ attitudes) among Brits over the last three … Read More

In Your Face

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August 1, 2008 Retail Traffic They started as a way for college students to connect with their peers without getting off the couch, but today social networking sites are gaining momentum as one of the tools real estate developers can use to gain support for their projects. Since signing up for a profile costs nothing and has the potential to … Read More

After You Beat Them, Join Them

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July 2008 Aggregates Manager Atlas DON’T VIEW PERMITTING AS A ONETIME PUBLIC RELATIONS ENDEAVOR. THOSE OLD FRIENDS MAY INFLUENCE NEW GOALS AS WELL. The relief of no longer having to deal with irrational neighborhood opponents and their trumped-up arguments can be one of the most satisfying parts of successfully permitting your quarry or plant and opening for business. You’ll never … Read More

Food Prices Prompt Rethink of Ethanol Policy

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July 10, 2008 Ottawa Citizen BOOST TO 10% OF GAS NOW UNLIKELY Ontario is considering turning its back on a promise to boost ethanol content in gasoline in light of the biofuel’s impact on rising food costs, Premier Dalton McGuinty said yesterday. Mr. McGuinty questioned whether it “is in the public interest” to raise the proportion of the corn-derived additive … Read More

A Toxic Cargo: Slots In Phila.

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July 10, 2008 The Philadelphia Inquirer Remember the Khian Sea? The cargo ship, dubbed the Flying Dutchman of Debris, spent 14 months in the 1980s sailing the globe with 14,000 tons of Philadelphia’s toxic incinerator dust in search of a landfill. Know what’s like the Khian Sea? Philadelphia’s proposed casinos. The big boxes of slots keep moving in search of … Read More

Nimbys Turn Against Ethanol

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July 09, 2008 National Post ALTERNATIVE FUEL PLANTS JOIN RANKS OF SUCH OTHER UNDESIRABLE LOCAL DEVELOPMENTS AS NECULAR POWER FACILITIES AND WAL-MART STORES, SURVEY FINDS. Most Canadians – 53%, up from 45% last year – would now oppose construction of a local ethanol plant, according to the Saint Consulting Group’s second annual national survey of responses to various real estate … Read More