Delaware professor says Bluewater’s public-support approach a blueprint

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December 10, 2009 — The News Journal (Wilmington, Delaware) — The Delaware public embraced an offshore wind farm proposal in large part because of how the issue was framed, says a University of Delaware researcher. And that could be a powerful lesson for others. University of Delaware associate professor Willett Kempton briefed the American Wind Energy Association last week about … Read More

Stakeholder acceptance, policy incentives needed to develop offshore wind

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SNL Power Daily 12-8-2009 — December 8, 2009 — SNL Power Daily — Stakeholder acceptance and policy incentives are key elements for offshore wind projects to be successful, panelists said Dec. 3 at the American Wind Energy Association’s Offshore Wind Power Workshop in Boston. Ben Kelahan, senior vice president of energy with Saint Consulting, which was involved with the Bluewater … Read More

High-tech helps developers open doors

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November 28, 2009 — The Washington Post — Saint Consulting President Patrick Fox is quoted in a news report about adding the use of social networking and technology to traditional shoe leather political organizing to build citizen support for development projects. (White Flint team goes directly to residents to add them to the lobbying corps) Link to story Read the … Read More

Internet changing way landfill siting battles are fought

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November 09, 2009 — Waste & Reclycling News — YOU AIN’T SEEN NOTHING YET — If landfill developers thought times were tough, just wait. That’s because potential project opponents are more easily mobilized with information that can be gained quicker than ever thanks to the Internet, said Michael Saint, founder and CEO of the Saint Consulting Group, a firm specializing … Read More

Book Review: NIMBY Wars

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November 5, 2009 — Financial Times — TACTICAL GUIDE TO THE DARK ARTS OF NIMBY CAMPAIGNS — A review of the business book NIMBY Wars – The Politics of Land Use by Jonathan Birchall, U.S. retail reporter for the Financial Times. “The authors have produced what amounts to an introductory promotional handbook to the dark arts of land use politics … Read More

Walmart gears up for push into cities

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November 2, 2009 — Financial Times — Walmart has stepped up efforts to mobilize local political support for new store openings in US cities and urban areas that were last month identified as a growth priority for the retailer by Mike Duke, its chief executive. Saint Consulting, a group specializing in land use politics, reported in January this year a … Read More

Retail giant Wal-Mart pushing to move into New York City

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November 2, 2009 — New York Daily News — Wal-Mart’s mission to open a bunch of new stores in urban areas in the U.S. has the retail behemoth setting its sights on the Big Apple, the Financial Times reports. Saint Consulting found the number of people who would oppose a new Wal-Mart in their neighborhood dropped from 68% two years … Read More

Overcoming Opposition to Quarry Projects

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September/October 2009 Stone, Sand & Gravel Review — OVERCOMING OPPOSITION AND BUILDING COMMUNITY ACCEPTANCE: EVERYTHING IS POLITICAL Sixty-two percent of Americans say they’d oppose an aggregate quarry if one were proposed in their hometown. To put that in perspective, it’s more opposition than a nuclear power plant registered in the 2009 Saint Index survey of attitudes about local real estate … Read More